'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 Fri, Aug. 8 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 8 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pineapple Express$7,913,52832%3,072--$2,576$25,987,4831Sony / Columbia
2The Dark Knight$7,577,87260%4,025-241$1,883$423,094,7374Warner Bros.
3The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$4,854,18270%3,77818$1,285$59,413,5292Universal
4The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2$3,926,68622%2,707--$1,451$12,869,0591Warner Bros.
5Step Brothers$2,765,14966%3,18288$869$74,765,3543Sony / Columbia
6Mamma Mia!$2,459,40424%3,194132$770$98,395,9604Universal
7Journey to the Center of the Earth$1,402,14756%1,970-315$712$78,311,1655Warner Bros. / New Line
8Hancock$1,027,55694%2,258-524$455$219,438,0116Sony / Columbia
9Swing Vote$927,31568%2,2130$419$9,822,5082Disney