'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, May. 22 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 22 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian$15,568,591--4,096--$3,801$15,568,5911Fox
2Terminator Salvation$14,813,02811%3,530--$4,196$28,185,1671Warner Bros.
3Angels & Demons$5,989,751129%3,5270$1,698$66,101,7292Sony / Columbia
4Star Trek$5,894,62598%4,053193$1,454$167,530,7783Paramount
5Dance Flick$3,926,814--2,450--$1,603$3,926,8141Paramount
6X-Men Origins: Wolverine$2,250,103177%3,183-709$707$157,503,9194Fox
7Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$1,150,307111%2,255-895$510$43,291,9014Warner Bros. / New Line
8Obsessed$587,467104%1,603-1031$366$64,494,8335Sony / Screen Gems
9Monsters vs. Aliens$294,37558%1,434-517$205$191,946,8299Paramount / DreamWorks
1017 Again$292,57258%1,107-1343$264$59,607,4206Warner Bros. / New Line