'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. 28 - Sun, May. 30

Wide (1000+)

1Shrek Forever After$43,311,063-39%4,3678$9,918$133,061,4142Paramount / DreamWorks
2Sex and the City 2$31,002,000--3,445--$8,999$45,210,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$30,095,259--3,646--$8,254$30,095,2591Disney
4Iron Man 2$16,458,990-38%3,804-373$4,327$275,035,9004Paramount
5Robin Hood$10,406,000-45%3,373-132$3,085$83,126,0003Universal
6Letters to Juliet$5,833,772-35%2,825-150$2,065$36,537,1903Summit
7Just Wright$2,156,578-50%1,195-636$1,805$18,154,0963Fox Searchlight
8Date Night$1,817,755-38%1,126-743$1,614$93,515,4638Fox
9MacGruber$1,566,000-61%2,546-5$615$7,216,0002Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

1How to Train Your Dragon$1,150,834-39%825-926$1,395$212,755,05310Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$923,000-60%891-1234$1,036$61,702,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
3Alice in Wonderland (2010)$586,93921%341-70$1,721$333,017,13913Disney
5The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$457,6842%15514$2,953$3,332,7887Sony Pictures Classics
6City Island$411,875-3%201-33$2,049$4,741,15011Anchor Bay
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$377,52410%164-14$2,302$6,814,03811Music Box
8The Back-up Plan$291,182-69%391-688$745$36,526,4956CBS Films
9The Bounty Hunter$275,07686%287117$958$65,573,29511Sony / Columbia
10Kites$261,033-73%176-32$1,483$1,443,6622Reliance Big Cinema
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$252,248-9%283-69$891$62,687,11611Fox
12Hot Tub Time Machine$223,000-6%36486$613$49,945,00010MGM
13Clash of the Titans (2010)$221,000-40%225-187$982$161,322,0009Warner Bros.
14Death at a Funeral (2010)$218,976-59%247-314$887$41,874,0447Sony / Screen Gems
15The Last Song$209,029-5%214-143$977$61,932,8729Disney
16Furry Vengeance$179,748-66%247-1122$728$16,464,3035Summit
17Shutter Island$169,369-30%201-55$843$127,811,97415Paramount
20Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$112,44865%17744$635$59,944,3699Lionsgate
21Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$60,971-32%108-58$565$88,520,12116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$326,00012%480$6,792$7,007,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Please Give$200,438-15%50-3$4,009$1,339,8925Sony Pictures Classics
3Exit Through the Gift Shop$175,054-14%463$3,806$1,884,2317Producers Distribution Agency
4Harry Brown$130,920-22%54-6$2,424$1,028,8185Samuel Goldwyn
6The Losers$103,000-19%83-102$1,241$23,231,0006Warner Bros.
7Princess Kaiulani$88,878-40%38-9$2,339$593,4673Roadside Attractions
8Solitary Man$84,279-11%62$14,047$216,8352Anchor Bay
9The Ghost Writer$73,011-6%58-28$1,259$15,311,66915Summit
10Holy Rollers$55,44240%2017$2,772$109,57218First Independent Pictures
11Mother and Child$55,189-33%33-4$1,672$319,5084Sony Pictures Classics
12Under the Sea 3D$47,00012%180$2,611$22,212,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Survival of the Dead$43,757--20--$2,188$43,7571Magnolia / Magnet
14Micmacs$42,751--4--$10,688$42,7511Sony Classics
16La Mission$33,000-46%25-10$1,320$852,0008Screen Media
17Breathless (2010 re-issue)$32,200--4--$8,050$32,2001Rialto
18The Father of My Children$31,419202%54$6,284$44,9052IFC Films
19The Tooth Fairy$30,399-43%76-39$400$59,954,88619Fox
20The Secret of Kells$25,4307%252$1,017$533,18813GKIDS
21Our Family Wedding$23,679-53%52-32$455$20,209,47712Fox Searchlight
22The City of Your Final Destination$23,00053%143$1,643$285,0007Screen Media Films
23Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$21,31521%12-2$1,776$450,24811Zeitgeist
24Casino Jack and the United States of Money$20,888-21%212$995$129,6024Magnolia
25Mademoiselle Chambon$16,770--2--$8,385$16,7701Lorber
26The Square (2010)$16,73023%153$1,115$284,1548Apparition
27The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$11,860-38%14-5$847$133,6065IFC
28The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$11,79621%10$11,796$48,9288International Film Circuit
29Madeo (Mother)$10,460164%123$872$524,65053Magnolia
30The Good, the Bad, the Weird$9,41761%135$724$99,6688IFC
31The Little Traitor$8,42335%40$2,106$326,68825Westchester Films
32Chloe$7,766-61%18-6$431$2,012,41310Sony Pictures Classics
33A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$7,533-27%14-4$538$2,060,77714Sony Classics
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$7,128-6%60$1,188$23,195,091139National Geographic
36Looking for Eric$6,903-22%82$863$31,6943IFC
37Deadfall Trail$6,295-29%50$1,259$31,5903Nocturnal Features
38180┬░ South$5,566-46%40$1,392$23,1272Magnolia
39Best Worst Movie$5,187-51%20$2,594$40,4816Area23a
40Racing Dreams$4,517-77%8-25$565$27,7932Hanover House
41John Rabe$4,288-12%41$1,072$11,9132Strand
42The Eclipse$4,201149%50$840$118,46310Magnolia
43OSS 117: Lost in Rio$4,025-69%3-4$1,342$48,78659Music Box
44Letters to God$3,700-79%14-25$264$2,837,0008Vivendi
45The Runaways$3,163-82%11-19$288$3,570,62011Apparition
46The Joneses$3,137-72%8-19$392$1,435,0847Roadside Attractions
47Crazy Heart$3,100-63%7-21$443$39,462,00024Fox Searchlight
48No One Knows About Persian Cats$3,082-42%7-5$440$69,0347IFC
49The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$3,035-49%50$607$443,05418First Run Features
50Sweetgrass$2,866-57%3-1$955$163,45036Cinema Guild
51Daddy Longlegs$2,020-40%20$1,010$20,2313Sundance Selects
52Terribly Happy$1,604-60%30$535$167,97817Oscilloscope
53After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$1,513-40%21$757$5,1802Variance Films
54A Town Called Panic$85881%10$858$160,53624Zeitgeist Films
55North Face (Nordwand)$735-61%1-2$735$707,78918Music Box Films
56Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$568--4--$142$15,7963Cinema Purgatorio
57October Country$541-12%10$541$22,63616International Film Circuit
58U2 3D$390-86%10$390$10,328,890123National Geographic
59The Girl on the Train (2010)$367-84%2-4$184$201,70519Strand Releasing
60The Last Station$336-94%3-7$112$6,606,65420Sony Pictures Classics
61The White Ribbon$230-8%1-1$230$2,222,63222Sony Classics