'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, Dec. 26 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 26 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marley & Me$13,953,040-3%3,480--$4,009$28,333,0741Fox
2The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$10,144,222-15%2,988--$3,395$22,016,0121Paramount
3Bedtime Stories$10,129,378-4%3,681--$2,752$20,708,0441Disney
4Valkyrie$8,192,442-4%2,711--$3,022$16,685,7981MGM / United Artists
5Yes Man$5,930,4700%3,4340$1,727$39,073,9962Warner Bros.
6Seven Pounds$4,757,8500%2,7580$1,725$30,315,5222Sony / Columbia
7The Tale of Despereaux$3,169,59861%3,1073$1,020$21,731,4702Universal
8The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)$2,787,7641%2,402-1158$1,161$58,569,8693Fox
9The Spirit$2,610,149-32%2,509--$1,040$6,453,1301Lionsgate
10Four Christmases$1,855,578-17%2,510-1005$739$108,606,8645Warner Bros. / New Line