Grosses

'American Sniper' Surpasses $200M Mark After Dominating with $64.37M; 'The Boy Next Door' Debuts with Solid $15.0MJanuary 25, 2015 09:23 AM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's American Sniper continued to absolutely dominate the box office this weekend with an estimated first place take of $63.27 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 an estimated $15.0 million. Universal's low-budget thriller starring Jennifer Lopez performed on 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 23 percent ahead of the $12.20 million start of 2010's The Back-Up Plan (which also starred Lopez) and debuted just 12 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 an estimated $5.53 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 with an estimated $4.13 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 an estimated $12.39 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 surpassed the $40 million mark this weekend and has grossed a very solid $40.06 million. That places the film on par with 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 an estimated $11.6 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad was down a respectable 44 percent from last weekend. The Wedding Ringer has grossed $39.68 million in ten days, which is on the lower end of expectations. The film is now running 4 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 an estimated $7.6 million. The third installment of the Liam Neeson led franchise was down a significant 48 percent from last weekend. Taken 3 has grossed $76.05 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 took in sixth and eighth place with respective estimated takes of $7.14 million and $5.50 million. With aid from expanding into an additional 414 locations, The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game was up a strong 5 percent over last weekend. Paramount's Selma fell 37 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 $60.64 million for The Imitation Game and at $39.22 million for Selma.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 4 - Sun, Jun. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$25,486,465-41%4,38619$5,811$183,229,4533Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$17,571,000--2,697--$6,515$17,571,0001Universal
3Killers (2010)$15,837,266--2,859--$5,539$15,837,2661Lionsgate
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$14,019,131-53%3,6460$3,845$59,621,7212Disney
5Sex and the City 2$12,344,000-60%3,4450$3,583$73,128,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
6Marmaduke$11,599,661--3,213--$3,610$11,599,6611Fox
7Iron Man 2$7,918,708-52%3,007-797$2,633$291,429,8705Paramount
8Splice$7,385,000--2,450--$3,014$7,385,0001Warner Bros
9Robin Hood$5,366,000-48%2,599-774$2,065$94,496,0004Universal
10Letters to Juliet$3,036,367-48%1,962-863$1,548$43,337,8364Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Raajneeti$850,000--111--$7,658$850,0001UTV Communications
2Date Night$775,810-57%658-468$1,179$95,334,4529Fox
3Just Wright$767,818-64%518-677$1,482$20,193,7784Fox Searchlight
4How to Train Your Dragon$488,283-58%343-482$1,424$213,883,14311Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$397,705-13%1605$2,486$3,992,3198Sony Pictures Classics
6The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$313,774-17%152-12$2,064$7,382,56112Music Box
7City Island$308,840-25%177-24$1,745$5,272,44412Anchor Bay
8Alice in Wonderland (2010)$300,515-49%277-64$1,085$333,627,87814Disney
9Babies$252,958-47%181-120$1,398$6,529,1795Focus
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$212,000-77%294-597$721$62,412,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$208,515-17%244-39$855$63,067,07912Fox
12The Bounty Hunter$201,928-27%249-38$811$65,958,84612Sony / Columbia
13The Losers$131,00027%206123$636$23,398,0007Warner Bros.
14Clash of the Titans (2010)$122,000-45%134-91$910$161,562,00010Warner Bros.
15Hot Tub Time Machine$121,000-46%203-161$596$50,214,00011MGM
16The Last Song$99,096-53%119-95$833$62,139,15210Disney
17MacGruber$99,000-94%177-2369$559$8,461,0003Universal / Rogue
18The Back-up Plan$95,610-67%153-238$625$36,793,6587CBS Films
19The Ghost Writer$90,28424%14789$614$15,441,07616Summit
20Furry Vengeance$81,989-54%125-122$656$16,612,7926Summit
21Shutter Island$77,735-54%152-49$511$127,968,40516Paramount
22Death at a Funeral (2010)$75,708-65%102-145$742$42,092,5148Sony / Screen Gems
23Kick-Ass$73,155-52%117-46$625$47,641,5618Lionsgate
24Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$49,076-56%105-72$467$60,072,59610Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Please Give$264,56732%8737$3,041$1,707,1506Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$229,000-30%47-1$4,872$7,561,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Solitary Man$174,453107%2216$7,930$439,8893Anchor Bay
4Micmacs$142,622234%3531$4,075$210,8622Sony Classics
5Exit Through the Gift Shop$135,575-23%43-3$3,153$2,155,1538Producers Distribution Agency
6Mother and Child$123,804124%5118$2,428$477,3615Sony Pictures Classics
7Harry Brown$88,258-33%50-4$1,765$1,195,9076Samuel Goldwyn
8Avatar$76,692-36%46-38$1,667$749,202,09025Fox
9Oceans$54,885-57%95-83$578$19,015,6637Disneynature
10Kites$47,722-82%58-118$823$1,602,4663Reliance Big Cinema
11Princess Kaiulani$43,717-51%25-13$1,749$708,2324Roadside Attractions
12Agora$41,32624%42$10,332$95,3902Newmarket
13Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$41,019-33%81-27$506$88,665,12017Fox
14Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$35,024--6--$5,837$177,3495Kino International
15Under the Sea 3D$33,000-30%17-1$1,941$22,301,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Holy Rollers$30,075-46%16-4$1,880$177,20119First Independent Pictures
17The Father of My Children$27,574-12%61$4,596$94,4313IFC Films
18Ondine$27,497--5--$5,499$27,49714Magnolia
19Mademoiselle Chambon$26,33757%42$6,584$59,8762Lorber
20The City of Your Final Destination$22,000-4%151$1,467$321,0008Screen Media Films
21Breathless (2010 re-issue)$22,000-32%3-1$7,333$77,0002Rialto
22The Secret of Kells$20,968-18%24-1$874$570,48714GKIDS
23The Tooth Fairy$17,070-44%46-30$371$59,995,00520Fox
24The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$16,11536%173$948$157,6256IFC
25Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$14,710-31%8-4$1,839$477,07012Zeitgeist
26Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$14,000--2--$7,000$14,0001Indican Pictures
27The Square (2010)$13,130-22%172$772$306,9789Apparition
28Our Family Wedding$11,000-54%18-34$611$20,236,00013Fox Searchlight
29John Rabe$9,314117%40$2,329$23,8213Strand
30Madeo (Mother)$7,840-25%11-1$713$537,72954Magnolia
31BoyBand$7,600--1--$7,600$7,6001Artigo Ajemian Films
32Survival of the Dead$7,387-83%13-7$568$77,7292Magnolia / Magnet
33The Good, the Bad, the Weird$7,189-24%9-4$799$111,7889IFC
34Vincere$7,109-5%11-1$646$604,03312IFC
35Casino Jack and the United States of Money$6,668-68%14-7$476$151,0505Magnolia
36Cropsey$6,305--1--$6,305$6,3051Cinema Purgatorio
37Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$5,943-17%5-1$1,189$23,209,063140National Geographic
38Ajami$5,900--10--$590$594,08538Kino International
39Sweetgrass$5,830103%41$1,458$172,13237Cinema Guild
40The Little Traitor$5,299-37%40$1,325$333,57426Westchester Films
41Double Take (2010)$4,650--1--$4,650$6,6481Kino International
42The Last Station$4,5301248%41$1,133$6,612,06821Sony Pictures Classics
43The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,371-63%10$4,371$62,1929International Film Circuit
44Best Worst Movie$4,350-16%20$2,175$47,0257Area23a
45No One Knows About Persian Cats$3,96329%6-1$661$74,6838IFC
46Chloe$3,684-53%10-8$368$3,025,36711Sony Pictures Classics
47Everyone Else$3,112--3--$1,037$58,65151Cinema Guild
48A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$3,009-60%4-10$752$2,070,92615Sony Classics
49The Eclipse$2,876-32%72$411$123,58211Magnolia
50Deadfall Trail$2,480-61%50$496$35,8554Nocturnal Features
51U2 3D$2,325496%10$2,325$10,331,984124National Geographic
52When You're Strange$2,166--2--$1,083$234,1799Abramorama
53Looking for Eric$2,091-70%7-1$299$38,1414IFC
54180┬░ South$2,007-64%40$502$29,0843Magnolia
55October Country$1,986267%43$497$24,85417International Film Circuit
56Letters to God$1,903-49%9-5$211$2,842,8909Vivendi
57The Joneses$1,766-44%7-1$252$1,438,5938Roadside Attractions
58Two in the Wave$1,680--1--$1,680$24,3123Lorber Films
59After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$1,387-8%20$694$7,1443Variance Films
60Terribly Happy$1,154-28%2-1$577$170,05918Oscilloscope
61OSS 117: Lost in Rio$1,148-71%1-2$1,148$52,16960Music Box
62Spring Fever$854--1--$854$8541Strand
6335 Shots of Rum$801--1--$801$177,51138Cinema Guild
64The Living Wake$495--1--$495$10,8294Mangusta Productions
65Dream Boy$220--1--$220$6,04111Regent
66Just Say Love$93--1--$93$3,89811Regent
67Manuela and Manuel$83--1--$83$1,55711Regent