'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, Oct. 24 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 24 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity$8,638,47314%1,9451185$4,441$56,687,3882Paramount
2Where the Wild Things Are$6,130,87141%3,7350$1,641$50,014,5012Warner Bros.
3Law Abiding Citizen$5,273,62428%2,8900$1,825$36,999,8782Overture
4Couples Retreat$4,826,24432%3,07465$1,570$75,585,8423Universal
5Saw VI$4,707,313-32%3,036--$1,550$11,664,3391Lionsgate
6Astro Boy$3,014,77265%3,014--$1,000$4,838,0611Summit
7The Stepfather (2009)$2,823,86328%2,7340$1,033$18,884,5672Sony / Screen Gems
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs$2,548,90681%2,741-296$930$113,557,8326Sony / Columbia
9Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant$2,547,27114%2,754--$925$4,777,7361Universal
10Zombieland$1,824,94333%2,447-724$746$66,196,0934Sony / Columbia