'American Sniper' Surpasses $200M Mark After Dominating with $64.6M; 'The Boy Next Door' Debuts with Solid $14.9MJanuary 26, 2015 01:04 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's American Sniper continued to absolutely dominate the box office this weekend with a first place take of $64.37 million. In the process, the Clint Eastwood directed Best Picture nominee starring Bradley Cooper surpassed the $200 million domestic mark this weekend. American Sniper was down just 28 percent from last weekend. That represented an extremely impressive second weekend hold, especially for a film with grosses of this magnitude.

Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, American Sniper registered the eighth largest second weekend gross of all-time. American Sniper also registered the third largest January weekend gross of all-time (behind only the film's performance last weekend and the third weekend performance of Avatar back in 2010). With $200.14 million after just ten days of wide release, American Sniper is currently running a massive 64 percent ahead of the $122.32 million ten-day start of 2013's Gravity (which fell 23 percent in its second weekend to gross $43.19 million). Given this weekend's performance, American Sniper is obviously in great position to zoom past the $300 million milestone going forward.

American Sniper took in an estimated $5.8 million from IMAX locations this weekend. That brings the film's IMAX total to $18.8 million, which represents 9.4 percent of the film's overall gross thus far.

The Boy Next Door debuted in second place this weekend with $14.91 million. Universal's low-budget thriller starring Jennifer Lopez performed towards the higher end of pre-release expectations. The film was off to a good start, especially with its low production budget in mind. The Boy Next Door opened 22 percent ahead of the $12.20 million start of 2010's The Back-Up Plan (which also starred Lopez) and debuted 13 percent below the $17.12 million debut of 2013's The Call. The Boy Next Door received a B- rating on CinemaScore, which is respectable for a thriller. The audience breakdown for The Boy Next Door skewed heavily towards female moviegoers (71 percent) and towards moviegoers 25 years and older (60 percent).

The news was far worse for the weekend's other two wide releases as Disney's Strange Magic and Lionsgate's Mortdecai were both dead on arrival. As was the case with Universal's Blackhat last weekend, Strange Magic and Mortdecai both had a problem finding an audience due in large part to the breakout performance of American Sniper (with poor critical reviews for both films also not helping).

Strange Magic debuted in seventh place with $5.50 million. The computer animated film written and executive produced by George Lucas debuted below its already modest pre-release expectations. Strange Magic performed similarly to Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, which opened with $3.75 million back in May of last year. Strange Magic received a B- rating on CinemaScore, which is lackluster for an animated film. The audience breakdown for Strange Magic skewed towards female moviegoers (56 percent) and towards moviegoers 25 years and younger (53 percent). Family audiences represented 71 percent of the film's overall audience.

Mortdecai landed in ninth place with $4.20 million. Unlike Strange Magic, the comedy starring Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow had been expected to have somewhat of a presence at the box office this weekend, due in part to strong levels of online buzz. But much like last year's Transcendence (which debuted with just $10.89 million), Mortdecai failed to live up to expectations. Audiences have clearly lost interest in Depp, especially when it comes to his non-event film roles. Mortdecai received a soft C+ rating on CinemaScore.

Paddington took third place this weekend with $12.27 million. The family film from The Weinstein Company was down 35 percent from last weekend's three-day start. That represented a nice second weekend hold, especially with the added direct completion from Strange Magic. Paddington has grossed a very solid $39.94 million in ten days. That places the film just below the $40.06 million ten-day start of The Nut Job last January (which fell 38 percent in its second weekend to gross $12.10 million).

Sony's The Wedding Ringer followed in fourth with $11.31 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad was down a respectable 45 percent from last weekend. The Wedding Ringer has grossed $39.39 million in ten days, which is on the lower end of expectations. The film is now running 3 percent ahead of the $38.28 million ten-day take of last year's About Last Night (which declined a far sharper 71 percent in its second weekend to gross $7.53 million).

Fox's Taken 3 rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.41 million. The third installment of the Liam Neeson led franchise was down a significant 50 percent from last weekend. Taken 3 has grossed $75.86 million in 17 days, which places the film 28 percent behind the $105.83 million 17-day gross of 2012's Taken 2.

Best Picture nominees The Imitation Game and Selma claimed sixth and eighth place with estimated takes of $6.95 million and $5.42 million. With aid from expanding into an additional 414 locations, The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game was up a strong 2 percent over last weekend. Paramount's Selma fell 38 percent from last weekend, due in part to last weekend's performance having been inflated by the Martin Luther King holiday. Respective total grosses stand at $60.45 million for The Imitation Game and at $39.14 million for Selma.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 7 - Sun, May. 9

Wide (1000+)

1Iron Man 2$128,122,480--4,380--$29,252$128,122,4801Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$9,119,000-72%3,3320$2,737$48,480,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3How to Train Your Dragon$6,680,374-37%4,380954$1,525$201,013,8677Paramount / DreamWorks
4Date Night$5,448,257-28%2,734-359$1,993$81,002,7255Fox
5The Back-up Plan$5,033,471-31%3,003-277$1,676$30,103,9403CBS Films
6Furry Vengeance$4,478,107-32%3,0025$1,492$12,100,0642Summit
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$2,503,000-57%2,157-580$1,160$158,006,0006Warner Bros.
8Death at a Funeral (2010)$2,308,743-44%1,706-565$1,353$38,531,9244Sony / Screen Gems
9The Losers$1,847,000-69%2,450-486$754$21,497,0003Warner Bros.
12The Last Song$1,173,148-48%1,303-973$900$60,341,0336Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

2Alice in Wonderland (2010)$712,721-52%582-468$1,225$330,857,94910Disney
3City Island$609,264-17%247-22$2,467$2,943,7978Anchor Bay
4Hot Tub Time Machine$532,000-53%802-310$663$48,598,0007MGM
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$490,590-4%187-12$2,623$7,790,1818Music Box
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$449,913-54%625-541$720$61,502,2218Fox
7Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$436,980-46%404-323$1,082$59,391,5046Lionsgate
9The Bounty Hunter$400,092-53%462-429$866$64,696,0848Sony / Columbia
10Shutter Island$270,30751%189-61$1,430$126,876,23812Paramount
11She's Out of My League$261,41183%26118$1,002$31,284,0809Paramount
12The Ghost Writer$238,728-32%231-105$1,033$14,880,45112Summit
13Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$135,089-32%221-44$611$88,186,89713Fox
14The Tooth Fairy$118,750-26%160-26$742$59,713,57616Fox
16Our Family Wedding$78,86819%11921$663$19,996,6809Fox Searchlight
17The Crazies$67,000-49%149-48$450$39,018,00011Overture
18Letters to God$59,000-51%112-87$527$2,747,0005Vivendi
19Brooklyn's Finest$31,000-47%113-33$274$27,122,00010Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$384,19114%4-41$96,048$1,573,0194Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$292,000-16%48-1$6,083$5,112,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Please Give$241,158104%2621$9,275$403,5142Sony Pictures Classics
4Exit Through the Gift Shop$191,9893%3111$6,193$932,4974Producers Distribution Agency
5Harry Brown$144,548-17%4324$3,362$385,8682Samuel Goldwyn
6La Mission$71,000-24%41-6$1,732$612,0005Screen Media
7The Joneses$53,730-61%68-55$790$1,346,1144Roadside Attractions
8Chloe$46,735-11%53-15$882$2,929,1277Sony Pictures Classics
9Under the Sea 3D$45,0005%14-2$3,214$21,877,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Mother and Child$43,040--4--$10,760$43,0401Sony Pictures Classics
11Cop Out$43,000-62%91-50$473$44,830,00011Warner Bros.
12Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$41,2024%220$1,873$350,1908Zeitgeist
13The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$37,478202%1716$2,205$56,8792IFC
14Crazy Heart$37,025-43%75-43$494$39,397,06521Fox Searchlight
15The Runaways$34,226-58%65-57$527$3,487,6908Apparition
16Casino Jack and the United States of Money$28,234--9--$3,137$28,2341Magnolia
17The Book of Eli$25,000-36%61-16$410$94,823,00017Warner Bros.
18The Square (2010)$24,667-42%17-7$1,451$217,6565Apparition
19Remember Me$23,818-46%76-42$313$19,057,0249Summit
20Broken Embraces$23,78520%328$743$4,961,15125Sony Classics
21Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$19,978--2--$9,989$19,9781Kino International
23The City of Your Final Destination$19,000-60%20-5$950$224,0004Screen Media Films
24Magnificent Desolation$19,00012%30$6,333$32,814,000242IMAX
25A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$18,619-48%11-41$1,693$2,000,84911Sony Classics
26The Secret of Kells$16,784-32%22-14$763$429,74210GKIDS
27Multiple Sarcasms$16,025--15--$1,068$16,0251New Films International
28The Good, the Bad, the Weird$15,393-9%105$1,539$47,2935IFC
29The Last Station$15,312-39%3418$450$6,569,23817Sony Pictures Classics
30The Art of the Steal (2010)$12,019-31%0-31--$512,27011IFC Films
31North Face (Nordwand)$12,000-48%24-10$500$680,00015Music Box Films
32Madeo (Mother)$10,808-29%20-5$540$498,16050Magnolia
33OSS 117: Lost in Rio$10,000--3--$3,333$10,00056Music Box
34The Blind Side$9,800-51%25-21$392$255,945,00025Warner Bros.
35Ajami$7,743-37%10-5$774$568,18934Kino International
36The Little Traitor$7,600-31%4-2$1,900$291,00022Westchester Films
37The Yellow Handkerchief$7,230--8--$904$311,46711Samuel Goldwyn Films
38The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$7,200-45%90$800$423,00015First Run Features
39The Eclipse$6,355-28%6-3$1,059$101,7687Magnolia
40Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,000-14%60$1,000$23,145,000136National Geographic
41The Oath$5,760--1--$5,760$5,7601Zeitgeist
42Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$5,600-57%26-17$215$219,607,00020Fox
43No One Knows About Persian Cats$4,707-46%72$672$45,2434IFC
44Sweetgrass$4,510--6--$752$144,32733Cinema Guild
45The Messenger$4,222-8%72$603$1,108,68426Oscilloscope
46The Girl on the Train (2010)$4,118-69%5-4$824$190,43616Strand Releasing
47A Town Called Panic$3,33722%30$1,112$154,32321Zeitgeist Films
48Terribly Happy$3,310-34%5-2$662$156,19414Oscilloscope
49The Warlords$3,127-76%6-2$521$127,1596Magnet Magnolia
50The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus$3,017203%7-1$431$7,682,71020Sony Pictures Classics
51Breaking Upwards$3,009-25%0-5--$73,1276IFC
52That Evening Sun$2,814-8%40$704$277,52927Freestyle
53Fish Tank$2,764-58%102$276$373,06017IFC Films
54Happiness Runs$2,674--1--$2,674$2,6741Strand
55The Good Heart$2,587-57%4-1$647$12,1652Magnolia
56The White Ribbon$2,416-74%7-12$345$2,215,90819Sony Classics
57Killing Kasztner$2,39631%20$1,198$107,85729Sky Island Films
59When You're Strange$1,703-87%50$341$207,5435Abramorama
60October Country$1,616--2--$808$20,49913International Film Circuit
61Everyone Else$1,578--1--$1,578$42,19447Cinema Guild
62Bluebeard (Barbe Bleue)$1,315--3--$438$31,02631Strand
63The Headless Woman$806--1--$806$99,77538Strand
64Toe to Toe$762--1--$762$21,26849Strand Releasing