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, Aug. 6 - Sun, Aug. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Guys$35,543,162--3,651--$9,735$35,543,1621Sony / Columbia
2Inception$18,505,470-33%3,418-127$5,414$227,637,5694Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$15,812,311--2,435--$6,494$15,812,3111Disney
4Salt$10,908,204-44%3,317-295$3,289$91,788,3453Sony / Columbia
5Dinner for Schmucks$10,375,397-56%3,00493$3,454$46,620,9492Paramount / DreamWorks
6Despicable Me$9,283,360-40%3,413-189$2,720$209,287,3455Universal
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$6,902,116-44%3,7050$1,863$26,428,2662Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$4,700,490-62%2,7257$1,725$23,496,6202Universal
9Toy Story 3$3,119,088-39%1,714-391$1,820$396,387,3428Disney
10Grown Ups$2,407,379-47%1,769-500$1,361$155,670,6037Sony / Columbia
11The Sorcerer's Apprentice$2,361,228-47%1,766-758$1,337$57,062,8454Disney
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$2,290,262-43%1,704-630$1,344$293,101,8706Summit
13Ramona and Beezus$1,617,123-56%1,478-1241$1,094$21,068,7833Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$2,597,177-26%994147$2,613$14,040,1825Focus
2The Last Airbender$704,653-61%639-599$1,103$128,971,0206Paramount
3The Karate Kid (2010)$612,6923%442-19$1,386$173,883,7029Sony / Columbia
4The Girl Who Played With Fire$471,459-13%1784$2,649$4,562,8225Music Box
5Predators$443,645-59%454-419$977$50,497,6435Fox
6Shrek Forever After$434,225-24%308-22$1,410$236,554,02512Paramount / DreamWorks
7Middle Men$325,641--252--$1,292$325,6411Paramount
8Knight and Day$310,745-56%336-495$925$74,855,0467Fox
9Winter's Bone$296,753-4%1412$2,105$4,479,0039Roadside Attractions
10I Am Love$198,874-4%113-12$1,760$3,935,0158Magnolia
11Iron Man 2$193,515-36%224-62$864$311,806,18114Paramount
12The A-Team$190,099-28%241-41$789$76,524,1689Fox
13Twelve$110,238--231--$477$110,2381Hannover House
14Killers (2010)$110,164-28%172-47$640$46,859,80310Lionsgate
15Marmaduke$108,398-32%170-60$638$33,153,65210Fox
16Cyrus$100,172-55%132-84$759$7,138,8978Fox Searchlight
17Sex and the City 2$78,013177%200158$390$95,239,39711Warner Bros. / New Line
18Get Him to the Greek$71,515-48%110-45$650$60,923,32510Universal
19Letters to Juliet$60,959-47%103-70$592$52,897,30313Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$285,437-2%530$5,386$12,802,28521Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$224,233--45--$4,983$224,2331Warner Bros.
3Get Low$219,124148%2622$8,428$350,3362Sony Pictures Classics
4Restrepo$108,87845%4913$2,222$811,7067National Geographic
5Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$71,520-24%9-65$7,947$1,374,8699Sony Pictures Classics
6The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$67,848--12--$5,654$67,8481National Geographic
7Cairo Time$66,245--5--$13,249$66,2451IFC
8The Concert$66,177204%1917$3,483$102,4933Weinstein Company
9Under the Sea 3D$63,851-17%130$4,912$23,487,05878Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$52,296-32%73-10$716$2,770,3309IFC
11Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$49,680-41%68-22$731$89,836,59411Disney
12Solitary Man$47,201-17%45-18$1,049$4,211,85612Anchor Bay
13The Extra Man$46,285145%108$4,629$77,4412Magnolia
14Agora$44,035-29%13-4$3,387$432,67911Newmarket
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$43,106-24%43-14$1,002$9,812,29121Music Box
1671: Into the Fire$40,640-47%14-6$2,903$156,9882JS Media
17The Disappearance of Alice Creed$40,258--10--$4,026$40,2581Anchor Bay
18Life During Wartime$36,89420%1812$2,050$129,4213IFC
19The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$31,316-22%28-13$1,118$6,261,68117Sony Pictures Classics
20Date Night$29,879-50%46-30$650$98,608,43018Fox
21Countdown to Zero$26,078-77%281$931$221,7813Magnolia
22Please Give$21,845-4%30-5$728$3,923,51915Sony Pictures Classics
23Exit Through the Gift Shop$20,8646%12-2$1,739$3,114,88417Producers Distribution Agency
24Micmacs$20,69811%312$668$1,126,82711Sony Classics
25Lebanon$17,145--2--$8,573$17,14543Sony Pictures Classics
26Jonah Hex$16,074-56%25-58$643$10,539,4148Warner Bros.
27Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$13,8546%8-6$1,732$312,5507Sony Pictures Classics
28Winnebago Man$13,38120%101$1,338$90,5475Kino International
29Diary of a Wimpy Kid$13,065266%4032$327$63,980,77921Fox
30Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$12,557-27%32$4,186$89,7053Arthouse Films
31Kisses$11,16735%113$1,015$62,9714Oscilloscope
32Avatar$10,511-19%1-1$10,511$749,766,13934Fox
33Mademoiselle Chambon$10,153-49%71$1,450$261,68911Lorber
34Grease Sing-a-Long$8,630-77%21-12$411$305,2605Paramount
35The Killer Inside Me$7,849-9%111$714$207,4878IFC Films
36Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$7,474218%53$1,495$640,65021Zeitgeist
37Harry Brown$7,260--10--$726$1,818,68115Samuel Goldwyn
38Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$6,992460%54$1,398$319,72914Kino International
39Ondine$6,884-8%12-1$574$508,61123Magnolia
40The Sicilian Girl$5,922--1--$5,922$9,0541Music Box
41Khatta Meetha$5,423-94%830$65$541,9043Eros
42Mother and Child$5,4015%8-2$675$1,078,15514Sony Pictures Classics
43Orlando (2010 re-issue)$5,059-32%2-1$2,530$38,3723Sony Pictures Classics
44Let It Rain$5,02319%60$837$106,0938IFC
45City Island$4,965-32%7-8$709$6,655,82921Anchor Bay
46Patrik, Age 1.5$4,724--2--$2,362$4,7241Here Films
47The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,633127%21$2,317$94,94018International Film Circuit
48The Nature of Existence$4,250-2%31$1,417$34,0278Walking Shadows
49Enemies of the People$3,43551%21$1,718$7,7942International Film Circuit
50Stonewall Uprising$3,23193%31$1,077$114,8568First Run Features
51The City of Your Final Destination$3,132-60%4-9$783$488,93517Screen Media Films
52Spring Fever$2,689--2--$1,345$4,69410Strand
53Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,575-14%30$858$23,272,754149National Geographic
54Lbs.$2,565--1--$2,565$29,86620Truly Indie
55Brotherhood (2009)$2,431--1--$2,431$2,4311Olive Films
56To the Sea$2,399-50%31$800$27,7634Film Movement
57Kings of the Evening$1,976-26%1-2$1,976$96,06826Indican Pictures
58[REC] 2$1,922-34%2-3$961$27,0245Magnolia
59U2 3D$1,879-47%1-1$1,879$10,353,690133National Geographic
60Spoken Word$1,853-57%1-3$1,853$10,4603Variance
61Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$1,302-55%1-1$1,302$64,78210Indican Pictures
62Cropsey$1,261--3--$420$42,39310Cinema Purgatorio
63The Oxford Murders$1,191--1--$1,191$1,1911Magnolia
64Princess Kaiulani$1,18882%1-1$1,188$861,54713Roadside Attractions
65Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$1,019--2--$510$24,46013Cinema Purgatorio
66Ajami$1,018--1--$1,018$616,99247Kino International
67La Mission$624-80%2-4$312$1,062,94118Screen Media
68Behind the Burly Q$507--1--$507$20,10816First Run Features