'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, Oct. 5 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 5 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beverly Hills Chihuahua$8,816,939-29%3,215--$2,742$29,301,5631Disney
2Eagle Eye$4,400,258-44%3,5166$1,251$54,615,3372Paramount / DreamWorks
3Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist$2,386,924-47%2,421--$986$11,311,9581Sony / Columbia
4Nights in Rodanthe$1,820,119-42%2,702-2$674$25,088,7052Warner Bros.
5Appaloosa$1,339,674-35%1,0451031$1,282$5,602,3993Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lakeview Terrace$1,087,030-49%2,574107$422$32,199,0193Sony / Screen Gems
7Burn After Reading$952,156-50%2,397-252$397$51,677,6964Focus
8An American Carol$870,730-44%1,639--$531$3,657,7511Vivendi
10Flash of Genius$521,496-48%1,098--$475$2,251,8311Universal