'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 Sun, Jul. 13 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 13 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hellboy II: The Golden Army$9,147,746-22%3,204--$2,855$34,539,1481Universal
2Hancock$8,956,287-30%3,9650$2,259$164,116,4472Sony / Columbia
3Journey to the Center of the Earth$6,359,659-20%2,811--$2,262$21,019,2541Warner Bros. / New Line
5Wanted (2008)$3,551,320-24%3,157-28$1,125$112,455,6093Universal
6Get Smart$2,010,288-32%3,086-488$651$111,567,6274Warner Bros.
7Meet Dave$1,480,786-28%3,011--$492$5,251,5521Fox
8Kung Fu Panda$1,391,687-21%2,704-643$515$202,154,2946Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Incredible Hulk$690,607-27%1,945-1098$355$129,908,0695Universal
10Kit Kittredge: An American Girl$674,462-23%1,8496$365$10,991,3664Picturehouse