'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 Sat, Jan. 17 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 17 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paul Blart: Mall Cop$13,235,90635%3,144--$4,210$23,027,4971Sony / Columbia
2Gran Torino$10,013,23559%2,972164$3,369$67,293,7182Warner Bros.
3My Bloody Valentine 3D$7,655,590-7%2,534--$3,021$15,884,3501Lionsgate
4Notorious (2009)$7,521,571-9%1,637--$4,595$15,830,1871Fox Searchlight
5Hotel for Dogs$7,343,09069%3,271--$2,245$11,683,8191Paramount / DreamWorks
6Bride Wars$4,699,17725%3,2282$1,456$34,279,0102Fox
7Defiance (2008)$3,825,48441%1,7891787$2,138$6,876,5643Paramount Vantage
8The Unborn (2009)$3,727,61811%2,3592$1,580$30,315,8572Universal / Rogue
9Marley & Me$2,731,67263%2,952-526$925$130,812,8124Fox
10The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$2,462,73557%2,223-724$1,108$101,054,0784Paramount