'American Sniper' Adds $18.3M on Second Friday, Continuing to Pursue More Box Office RecordsJanuary 24, 2015 02:40 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Warner Bros. reports American Sniper eased just 40 percent from last Friday to $18.33 million yesterday, easily holding onto first place. To date, the blockbuster war drama has earned $154.1 million domestically. BoxOffice projects a $65 million haul this weekend. Should that hold, it would be one of the top eight sophomore weekends in history (second only to Avatar and the original Spider-Man among non-sequels), and the biggest ever second weekend gross for a non-franchise movie -- topping The Passion of the Christ's $53.2 million second frame. Sniper is currently running 68 percent ahead of where Gravity stood at the same point, and is currently in line with the eight-day $153 million take posted by Passion in 2004. The Bradley Cooper-led, Clint Eastwood-helmed Oscar nominee should approach, if not cross, the $200 million domestic mark by the end of the weekend.

The Boy Next Door grabbed a solid $5.7 million in its first day on Friday. The Jennifer Lopez thriller is on target to bring in $15.7 million over its debut weekend, a positive start for the micro-budget flick.

The Wedding Ringer added $3.3 million yesterday, down 53 percent from its opening day last weekend. With $31.4 million in the bank through 8 days of release, BoxOffice projects a $10.9 million sophomore frame.

Paddington eased 44 percent from opening day last week to $2.6 million on Friday, giving the well-received animated adaptation a $30.3 million domestic total through eight days of release. BoxOffice projects $12.4 million for the weekend.

The Imitation Game tacked on another $1.92 million yesterday as it added another 414 theaters this weekend. The multiple Oscar nominee has tallied $55.4 million thus far. BoxOffice projects a $7.5 million weekend.

Unfortunately, the other two openers this weekend struggled to find an audience in a crowded marketplace. Mortdecai bowed to $1.47 million on Friday, setting it on a course for a $4.5 million weekend. Meanwhile, Strange Magic pulled $1.3 million on its first day and is expected to tally around $5 million for its opening weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Jun. 26 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 26 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Smart$4,352,6850%3,911--$1,113$57,267,5851Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda$3,092,54712%4,053-83$763$167,584,9913Paramount / DreamWorks
3The Incredible Hulk$2,121,2540%3,5083$605$106,281,7112Universal
4The Love Guru$1,310,825-2%3,012--$435$19,881,7721Paramount
5Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull$1,014,49410%3,171-633$320$294,905,3595Paramount
6Sex and the City$1,002,7953%2,442-713$411$136,362,5754Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Happening$997,250-2%2,9860$334$55,213,1542Fox
8You Don't Mess with the Zohan$885,9813%3,278-188$270$88,013,6503Sony / Columbia
9Iron Man$537,9877%1,912-491$281$306,923,2578Paramount
10The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian$282,5218%1,462-846$193$136,625,3686Disney