'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.

Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 21 - Sun, Feb. 23

Wide (1000+)

1The LEGO Movie$32,500,000-35%3,890115$8,355$184,210,0963Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$11,800,000--2,872--$4,109$11,800,0001Relativity Media
3Pompeii$9,600,000--2,658--$3,612$9,600,0001Sony / TriStar
4RoboCop (2014)$9,400,000-57%3,3720$2,788$43,600,1062Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$7,900,000-49%3,064-19$2,578$57,844,6843Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$7,700,000-70%2,2530$3,418$38,446,2902Sony / Screen Gems
7Frozen (2013)$4,650,000-25%1,891-210$2,459$384,354,33514Disney
8Ride Along$4,600,000-47%2,186-331$2,104$123,105,8006Universal
9Endless Love (2014)$4,400,000-67%2,8960$1,519$20,241,2552Universal
10Winter's Tale$2,150,000-71%2,9650$725$11,243,9012Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$2,100,000-49%1,516-497$1,385$121,830,9069Universal

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