'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

DateDayDay no.Top 10 GrossLW%Total Daily GrossTop movie of the day
Jan 15Thu015$6,723,287-5%$8,347,460Taken 3
Jan 12Mon012$6,811,565-26%$8,417,386Taken 3
Jan 08Thu008$7,086,374-85%$8,901,794The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Jan 14Wed014$7,222,660-2%$9,248,646Taken 3
Jan 07Wed007$7,384,467-78%$9,331,987The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Jan 05Mon005$9,147,210-74%$11,426,842The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Jan 06Tue006$9,504,633-75%$11,759,414The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Jan 13Tue013$9,685,5452%$12,110,646Taken 3
Jan 21Wed021$12,352,01471%$13,608,529American Sniper
Jan 22Thu022$12,778,53890%$14,090,361American Sniper
Jan 20Tue020$17,120,36577%$18,772,770American Sniper
Jan 11Sun011$25,586,629-7%$30,804,020Taken 3
Jan 04Sun004$27,507,774-42%$33,909,399The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Jan 09Fri009$33,481,583-35%$38,915,411Taken 3
Jan 19Mon019$41,939,900516%$46,907,885American Sniper
Jan 10Sat010$45,640,158-2%$54,370,032Taken 3
Jan 01Thu001$46,302,628-35%$55,094,853The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Jan 03Sat003$46,655,697-26%$56,921,422The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Jan 18Sun018$49,665,37794%$55,719,973American Sniper
Jan 02Fri002$51,700,048-24%$61,881,903The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Jan 16Fri016$55,981,44767%$61,225,008American Sniper
Jan 17Sat017$73,784,56962%$83,072,794American Sniper