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, Aug. 13 - Sun, Aug. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$34,825,135--3,270--$10,650$34,825,1351Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$23,104,523--3,082--$7,497$23,104,5231Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$17,408,501-51%3,6510$4,768$69,951,8222Sony / Columbia
4Inception$11,285,051-39%3,120-298$3,617$248,469,4825Warner Bros.
5Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$10,609,795--2,818--$3,765$10,609,7951Universal
6Despicable Me$6,971,355-25%2,923-490$2,385$222,197,3906Universal
7Step Up 3D$6,905,201-56%2,4394$2,831$29,844,4222Disney
8Dinner for Schmucks$6,285,179-39%3,04642$2,063$58,785,5473Paramount / DreamWorks
9Salt$6,219,502-43%2,834-483$2,195$103,438,2734Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$4,190,426-39%2,728-977$1,536$35,218,9373Warner Bros.
11Toy Story 3$2,222,731-29%1,219-495$1,823$400,824,8269Disney
12Charlie St. Cloud$2,113,930-55%2,083-642$1,015$28,758,4603Universal
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,279,650-44%1,212-492$1,056$295,842,4447Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$1,352,585-48%830-164$1,630$16,721,3916Focus
2Grown Ups$1,140,893-53%968-801$1,179$158,054,5908Sony / Columbia
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,120,604-53%989-777$1,133$59,538,7645Disney
4Ramona and Beezus$833,589-48%632-846$1,319$23,335,2734Fox
5The Karate Kid (2010)$518,156-15%372-70$1,393$174,861,44710Sony / Columbia
6The Girl Who Played With Fire$364,484-23%166-12$2,196$5,188,6196Music Box
7Shrek Forever After$360,227-17%254-54$1,418$237,235,93613Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Last Airbender$358,798-49%364-275$986$129,703,6037Paramount
9Predators$339,057-24%343-111$989$51,061,8296Fox
10Knight and Day$260,761-16%310-26$841$75,289,3898Fox
11Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$229,847363%202134$1,138$90,100,57812Disney
12Winter's Bone$217,007-27%136-5$1,596$4,855,34010Roadside Attractions
13The A-Team$146,424-23%204-37$718$76,793,40110Fox
14I Am Love$139,904-30%102-11$1,372$4,195,0319Magnolia
15Iron Man 2$126,878-34%178-46$713$312,057,43315Paramount
16Marmaduke$98,064-10%151-19$649$33,341,63311Fox
17Middle Men$96,198-70%2520$382$639,4142Paramount
18Killers (2010)$84,079-24%169-3$498$47,000,48511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Low$376,78172%5327$7,109$826,0133Sony Pictures Classics
2Peepli Live$350,054--64--$5,470$350,0541UTV Communications
3Hubble 3D$278,143-3%541$5,151$13,404,24622Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$119,310-47%44-1$2,712$448,5142Warner Bros.
5Under the Sea 3D$81,41328%163$5,088$23,672,59279Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Cairo Time$79,03519%1611$4,940$184,5972IFC
7Restrepo$73,442-33%523$1,412$950,0318National Geographic
8The Extra Man$72,11956%3121$2,326$173,1833Magnolia
9Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$64,623-10%6657$979$1,477,71210Sony Pictures Classics
10The Concert$56,883-14%190$2,994$199,0954Weinstein Company
11La Soga$52,554--11--$4,778$52,55417-57 Releasing
12The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$51,640-24%142$3,689$182,3682National Geographic
13Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$50,977--24--$2,124$309,2624NeoClassics
14Cyrus$50,717-49%84-48$604$7,252,6859Fox Searchlight
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$35,884-17%40-3$897$9,872,88022Music Box
16Agora$33,695-23%130$2,592$486,65012Newmarket
17Letters to Juliet$32,374-47%61-42$531$52,979,56714Summit
18Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$30,901-41%43-30$719$2,835,35810IFC
19Life During Wartime$26,306-29%202$1,315$180,7614IFC
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$25,582-36%122$2,132$82,0432Anchor Bay
21Sex and the City 2$24,677-68%81-119$305$95,328,93712Warner Bros. / New Line
22Date Night$24,387-18%33-13$739$98,656,33519Fox
23Solitary Man$22,314-53%28-17$797$4,258,25913Anchor Bay
24Exit Through the Gift Shop$21,7174%131$1,671$3,150,06818Producers Distribution Agency
25Tales From Earthsea$20,614--5--$4,123$20,6141Disney
26Please Give$18,488-15%23-7$804$3,951,07916Sony Pictures Classics
27Lebanon$17,3011%31$5,767$48,35244Sony Pictures Classics
28Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$16,765140%61$2,794$344,52715Kino International
29The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$15,455-51%15-13$1,030$6,297,62518Sony Pictures Classics
30Micmacs$14,287-31%24-7$595$1,150,74412Sony Classics
31Mother and Child$8,69661%157$580$1,088,14115Sony Pictures Classics
32Patrik, Age 1.5$8,50980%53$1,702$16,4382Here Films
33Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$8,363-33%2-1$4,182$109,3654Arthouse Films
34Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$7,886-43%2113$376$324,5928Sony Pictures Classics
35Diary of a Wimpy Kid$7,278-44%3-37$2,426$64,001,29722Fox
36Mademoiselle Chambon$6,998-31%70$1,000$275,20012Lorber
37Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$6,764-9%4-1$1,691$650,79922Zeitgeist
38Orlando (2010 re-issue)$6,44827%42$1,612$48,3954Sony Pictures Classics
39Countdown to Zero$6,037-77%10-18$604$240,3144Magnolia
40Spoken Word$5,852216%43$1,463$17,1054Variance
41Salt of This Sea$4,973--1--$4,973$4,9731
42Winnebago Man$4,914-63%7-3$702$103,6386Kino International
43Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$4,645--1--$4,645$4,6451First Run Features
44The Sicilian Girl$4,398-26%10$4,398$16,4002Music Box
45Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,113--2--$2,057$258,74912Rialto
46The People I've Slept With$3,716--1--$3,716$3,7161People Pictures
47Ondine$3,552-48%7-5$507$518,55924Magnolia
48Twelve$3,437-97%12-219$286$181,5912Hannover House
49Princess Kaiulani$3,231172%32$1,077$866,35814Roadside Attractions
50Everyone Else$2,931--2--$1,466$88,61261Cinema Guild
51The City of Your Final Destination$2,829-10%73$404$493,29618Screen Media Films
52Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,6844%30$895$23,278,848150National Geographic
53City Island$2,394-52%81$299$6,665,81122Anchor Bay
54The Killer Inside Me$2,272-71%5-6$454$214,9669IFC Films
55Kisses$2,004-82%3-8$668$71,8915Oscilloscope
56Spring Fever$1,693-37%1-1$1,693$8,76811Strand
57U2 3D$1,569-16%10$1,569$10,357,859134National Geographic
58The Oxford Murders$1,51527%21$758$3,6072Magnolia
59The Nature of Existence$1,125-74%1-2$1,125$36,8859Walking Shadows
60The Law$1,097--1--$1,097$14,0018Oscilloscope
61Brotherhood (2009)$955-61%10$955$5,3702Olive Films
62Only When I Dance$933--1--$933$6,3157Film Movement
63Mugabe and the White African$854--1--$854$4,5424First Run
64Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$772--2--$386$45,5268Kino International
65To the Sea$711-70%1-2$711$30,0405Film Movement
66Holy Rollers$707--1--$707$302,25829First Independent Pictures
67Stonewall Uprising$695-78%2-1$348$118,1559First Run Features
68Kings of the Evening$599-70%10$599$97,12527Indican Pictures
69OSS 117: Lost in Rio$557--1--$557$88,82270Music Box
70Ajami$477-53%10$477$619,12348Kino International
71Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$450-65%10$450$65,77011Indican Pictures