Grosses

'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, Jun. 18 - Sun, Jun. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$110,307,189--4,028--$27,385$110,307,1891Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$29,876,295-46%3,6630$8,156$107,130,2392Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$14,405,318-44%3,5449$4,065$50,427,5882Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$6,105,000-39%2,592-110$2,355$47,844,0003Universal
5Shrek Forever After$5,620,398-64%3,207-661$1,753$223,076,9255Paramount / DreamWorks
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$5,566,464-14%2,605-503$2,137$80,800,5744Disney
7Jonah Hex$5,379,000--2,825--$1,904$5,379,0001Warner Bros.
8Killers (2010)$5,035,755-37%2,619-240$1,923$39,302,4113Lionsgate
9Iron Man 2$2,872,252-36%1,612-693$1,782$304,210,3297Paramount
10Marmaduke$2,474,195-59%2,495-718$992$27,711,0003Fox
11Sex and the City 2$2,411,000-56%1,680-1070$1,435$90,170,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
12Robin Hood$1,423,000-46%1,046-849$1,360$102,080,0006Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Splice$932,000-68%944-1506$987$15,569,0003Warner Bros
2Letters to Juliet$790,430-53%806-525$981$48,591,4096Summit
3Raavan$480,703--119--$4,040$480,7031Reliance Big Pictures
4Please Give$475,33467%272169$1,748$2,657,8748Sony Pictures Classics
5Solitary Man$426,92715%10754$3,990$1,424,9935Anchor Bay
6Date Night$360,904-40%345-85$1,046$96,883,25711Fox
7The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$282,288-19%1664$1,701$4,942,58210Sony Pictures Classics
8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$258,499-20%146-28$1,771$8,296,83214Music Box
9Clash of the Titans (2010)$248,000-25%267-66$929$162,385,00012Warner Bros.
10The Bounty Hunter$212,574-40%174-62$1,222$66,754,01714Sony / Columbia
11City Island$181,855-31%133-26$1,367$5,937,64514Anchor Bay
12Just Wright$167,876-48%158-121$1,063$21,085,7566Fox Searchlight
13How to Train Your Dragon$167,083-49%213-68$784$214,764,29813Paramount / DreamWorks
14Death at a Funeral (2010)$149,389120%16195$928$42,365,76810Sony / Screen Gems
15The Last Song$136,960-10%199-11$688$62,589,68412Disney
16A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$120,00064%228103$526$62,734,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
17Furry Vengeance$112,078-36%235-33$477$17,060,7948Summit
18The Back-up Plan$93,26617%16654$562$37,050,5819CBS Films
19Alice in Wonderland (2010)$83,057-42%140-83$593$334,089,39416Disney
20Kick-Ass$76,597-29%157-21$488$47,950,72810Lionsgate
21Diary of a Wimpy Kid$75,645-51%146-56$518$63,547,66614Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$351,316314%3935$9,008$474,3282Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$265,00011%502$5,300$8,633,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$226,20238%2821$8,079$472,7742IFC
4Cyrus$181,716--4--$45,429$181,7161Fox Searchlight
5I Am Love$121,504--8--$15,188$121,5041Magnolia
6Micmacs$99,050-11%515$1,942$572,4514Sony Classics
7Babies$91,002-46%97-49$938$7,081,1937Focus
8Harry Brown$86,402-30%64-3$1,350$1,499,3668Samuel Goldwyn
9Exit Through the Gift Shop$84,121-27%41-2$2,052$2,524,13910Producers Distribution Agency
10Raajneeti$76,000-72%56-68$1,357$1,436,0003UTV Communications
11Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$66,77250%129$5,564$241,1792Sony Pictures Classics
12Ondine$58,69218%239$2,552$166,30516Magnolia
13Mother and Child$54,789-34%530$1,034$667,4197Sony Pictures Classics
14Avatar$45,181-30%17-9$2,658$749,434,95027Fox
158: The Mormon Proposition$42,566--16--$2,660$42,5661Red Flag Releasing
16Under the Sea 3D$35,000-5%150$2,333$22,499,00071Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Oceans$30,138-23%59-13$511$19,147,8119Disneynature
18Magnificent Desolation$24,000248%52$4,800$33,134,000248IMAX
19Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$23,422-8%150$1,561$547,76814Zeitgeist
20La Mission$23,000-26%173$1,353$977,00011Screen Media
21Agora$20,704-16%50$4,141$171,2384Newmarket
22The Losers$20,000-64%31-96$645$23,581,0009Warner Bros.
23The Square (2010)$18,59938%12-5$1,550$353,34811Apparition
24Princess Kaiulani$18,111-48%16-10$1,132$808,7256Roadside Attractions
25Let It Rain$16,290--2--$8,145$16,2901IFC
26Kings of the Evening$16,07044%51$3,214$50,90319Indican Pictures
27Holy Rollers$16,014-35%13-1$1,232$240,67021First Independent Pictures
28Stonewall Uprising$15,729--4--$3,932$21,4051First Run Features
29Chloe$15,20062%27-7$563$3,060,72813Sony Pictures Classics
30The City of Your Final Destination$15,000-42%15-4$1,000$383,00010Screen Media Films
31Breathless (2010 re-issue)$14,000-18%40$3,500$138,0004Rialto
32Mademoiselle Chambon$13,757-34%72$1,965$118,5974Lorber
33Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$12,707-45%6-2$2,118$250,5867Kino International
34Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$12,000-56%26-17$462$88,744,00019Fox
35The Secret of Kells$11,121-35%15-5$741$620,35716GKIDS
36The Killer Inside Me$11,083--1--$11,083$11,0831IFC Films
37The Joneses$10,380200%7-1$1,483$1,456,85610Roadside Attractions
38Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$10,092--1--$10,092$10,0921The Film Desk
39Only the Brave (2010)$8,616-12%3-1$2,872$118,2654Indican Pictures
40OSS 117: Lost in Rio$5,047-40%4-2$1,262$70,62162Music Box
41John Rabe$4,507-13%4-2$1,127$38,5945Strand
42Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,493-26%3-2$1,498$23,217,726142National Geographic
43Touching Home$4,300--4--$1,075$111,0008CFI
44The Little Traitor$4,278-32%1-1$4,278$348,66928Westchester Films
45The Good, the Bad, the Weird$4,05797%62$676$123,49711IFC
46Looking for Eric$4,043-36%10-1$404$52,4616IFC
47The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$3,833-39%100$383$177,5508IFC
48The Father of My Children$3,828-76%4-3$957$137,2265IFC Films
49Casino Jack and the United States of Money$3,689-45%7-2$527$168,4417Magnolia
50The Lottery$3,671-78%32$1,224$22,2592Variance Films
51The Oath$3,127-3%20$1,564$28,1297Zeitgeist
52Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$2,984-43%1-1$2,984$31,9163Indican Pictures
53The Nature of Existence$2,977--1--$2,977$2,9771Walking Shadows
54Survival of the Dead$2,800139%84$350$87,9064Magnolia / Magnet
55The Tooth Fairy$2,600-43%11-2$236$60,020,00022Fox
56Sweetgrass$2,547-61%4-2$637$185,96639Cinema Guild
57Best Worst Movie$2,544-47%1-1$2,544$55,2319Area23a
58Racing Dreams$2,338--2--$1,169$43,5335Hanover House
59Ajami$2,33112%3-2$777$602,22640Kino International
60Cropsey$1,805--2--$903$21,6503Cinema Purgatorio
61The Eclipse$1,789-58%5-4$358$132,39013Magnolia
62Space Station 3D$1,700113%1-2$1,700$81,957,000427IMAX
63The Girl on the Train (2010)$1,63073%20$815$205,28622Strand Releasing
64A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$1,342-52%2-2$671$2,080,33617Sony Classics
65A Town Called Panic$1,088--1--$1,088$161,62427Zeitgeist Films
66Everyone Else$1,073-77%2-3$537$66,84153Cinema Guild
67The Last Station$921-34%31$307$6,616,97423Sony Pictures Classics
68Dancing Across Borders$912--3--$304$65,06012First Run
69October Country$820--1--$820$26,18519International Film Circuit
70After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$714-56%2-1$357$11,5385Variance Films
71Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss$460-90%1-2$460$54,30561Zeitgeist
72The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$384--1--$384$451,68921First Run Features
73Departures$368-64%10$368$1,542,98956Regent Releasing