'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. 21 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 21 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inglourious Basterds$14,383,77593752%3,165--$4,545$14,399,1011Weinstein Company
2District 9$5,535,33554%3,0501$1,815$60,126,6772Sony / TriStar
3G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$3,690,37178%3,953-54$934$111,720,3073Paramount
4The Time Traveler's Wife$3,386,88076%2,9880$1,133$30,810,2542Warner Bros. / New Line
5Julie & Julia$2,617,06555%2,463109$1,063$52,910,0553Sony / Columbia
6Shorts$2,152,184--3,105--$693$2,152,1841Warner Bros.
8Post Grad$1,025,094--1,959--$523$1,025,0941Fox
9Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince$971,28441%1,936-835$502$287,733,0536Warner Bros.
10The Ugly Truth$917,96653%1,971-762$466$80,952,6845Sony / Columbia