'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.

Weekly domestic gross

YearWeekTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
20014 (Jan 26 - Feb 01)$40,750,04515%$125,517,00044%The Wedding Planner
20024 (Jan 25 - Jan 31)$129,170,082217%$164,677,00031%Black Hawk Down
20084 (Jan 25 - Jan 31)$135,261,35934%$179,507,00021%Rambo
20054 (Jan 28 - Feb 03)$120,449,81521%$153,523,00018%Hide and Seek
20124 (Jan 27 - Feb 02)$117,177,2965%$162,929,00016%The Grey
20094 (Jan 23 - Jan 29)$146,873,2379%$200,764,00012%Paul Blart: Mall Cop
20144 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$120,508,09915%$154,812,0006%Ride Along
20064 (Jan 27 - Feb 02)$113,251,501-6%$156,946,0002%Big Momma's House 2
20044 (Jan 23 - Jan 29)$99,179,2475%$130,523,0000%The Butterfly Effect
20074 (Jan 26 - Feb 01)$100,868,445-11%$148,314,000-5%Epic Movie
20104 (Jan 22 - Jan 28)$154,058,5225%$186,278,000-7%Avatar
20134 (Jan 25 - Jan 31)$105,088,994-10%$146,431,000-10%Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
20034 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$94,598,901-27%$130,608,000-21%Darkness Falls
20114 (Jan 28 - Feb 03)$111,152,488-28%$139,996,000-25%The Rite
20004 (Jan 28 - Feb 03)$35,402,85425%$87,228,000--Next Friday