'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. 20 - Sun, Aug. 22

Wide (1000+)

1The Expendables$16,968,032-51%3,2700$5,189$65,357,1172Lionsgate
2Vampires Suck$12,202,831--3,233--$3,774$18,566,7331Fox
3Eat Pray Love$12,111,162-48%3,0820$3,930$47,214,0782Sony / Columbia
4Lottery Ticket$10,652,297--1,973--$5,399$10,652,2971Warner Bros.
5The Other Guys$10,163,337-42%3,472-179$2,927$88,253,4823Sony / Columbia
6Piranha 3D$10,106,872--2,470--$4,092$10,106,8721Weinstein Company
7The Switch (2010)$8,436,713--2,012--$4,193$8,436,7131Miramax
8Nanny McPhee Returns$8,407,685--2,784--$3,020$8,407,6851Universal
9Inception$7,838,179-31%2,401-719$3,265$262,031,5946Warner Bros.
10Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$5,201,970-51%2,8202$1,845$20,898,2552Universal
11Despicable Me$4,662,065-33%2,236-687$2,085$231,056,9907Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$3,520,805-44%2,149-897$1,638$65,800,9194Paramount / DreamWorks
13Step Up 3D$3,150,401-54%1,592-847$1,979$36,868,9513Disney
14Salt$2,510,012-60%1,794-1040$1,399$109,895,1055Sony / Columbia
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,701,134-59%1,580-1148$1,077$39,660,6114Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Toy Story 3$1,523,124-31%730-489$2,086$403,803,64210Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$818,213-40%404-426$2,025$18,239,7257Focus
3Get Low$713,79489%14693$4,889$1,697,8774Sony Pictures Classics
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$566,864-56%557-655$1,018$297,216,7988Summit
5The Sorcerer's Apprentice$476,035-58%472-517$1,009$60,605,5266Disney
6Charlie St. Cloud$475,545-78%647-1436$735$30,346,1404Universal
7Grown Ups$427,136-63%424-544$1,007$158,951,3329Sony / Columbia
8Ramona and Beezus$402,882-52%388-244$1,038$24,288,6525Fox
9The Karate Kid (2010)$378,103-27%314-58$1,204$175,514,42411Sony / Columbia
10The Girl Who Played With Fire$375,8053%1715$2,198$5,769,9137Music Box
11Hubble 3D$350,02026%15197$2,318$14,031,19223Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Shrek Forever After$277,464-23%232-22$1,196$237,736,71014Paramount / DreamWorks
13Knight and Day$260,3720%277-33$940$75,679,5299Fox
14Winter's Bone$211,965-2%130-6$1,631$5,180,69011Roadside Attractions
16The Last Airbender$188,596-47%223-141$846$130,085,6438Paramount
17Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$174,365-24%186-16$937$90,402,16213Disney
18The A-Team$108,366-26%151-53$718$76,980,76111Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Mao's Last Dancer$199,657--33--$6,050$777,6571Samuel Goldwyn
2Peepli Live$162,914-53%706$2,327$600,6272UTV Communications
3Cairo Time$131,77967%3115$4,251$357,5713IFC
4I Am Love$112,373-20%83-19$1,354$4,398,58510Magnolia
5Animal Kingdom$101,440--22--$4,611$198,4822Sony Pictures Classics
6Under the Sea 3D$73,985-9%160$4,624$23,844,77880Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Extra Man$60,025-17%332$1,819$277,4954Magnolia
8Restrepo$59,249-19%44-8$1,347$1,049,7979National Geographic
9Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$56,32410%273$2,086$390,4805NeoClassics
10The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$55,0467%173$3,238$268,3773National Geographic
11The Concert$53,235-6%201$2,662$288,5075Weinstein Company
12The Tillman Story$52,185--4--$13,046$52,1851Weinstein Company
13What If...$49,770--23--$2,164$49,7701Five & Two Pictures
14Flipped$49,709-58%29-15$1,714$570,5773Warner Bros.
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$41,87717%411$1,021$9,937,66223Music Box
16Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$41,017-37%47-19$873$1,558,33411Sony Pictures Classics
17La Soga$36,330-31%209$1,817$110,96827-57 Releasing
18A Film Unfinished$34,060--4--$8,515$47,7801Oscilloscope
19Lebanon$33,95996%1512$2,264$95,97345Sony Pictures Classics
20Cyrus$33,715-34%56-28$602$7,318,03510Fox Searchlight
22Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$23,927186%42$5,982$140,2805Arthouse Films
23Soul Kitchen$20,916--2--$10,458$20,9161IFC
24Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$20,201-35%30-13$673$2,871,56711IFC
25Solitary Man$19,562-12%19-9$1,030$4,290,17714Anchor Bay
26Exit Through the Gift Shop$19,342-11%10-3$1,934$3,180,53119Producers Distribution Agency
27Life During Wartime$18,993-28%15-5$1,266$216,9515IFC
28Patrik, Age 1.5$17,751109%94$1,972$38,5353Here Films
29Letters to Juliet$17,208-47%35-26$492$53,021,56015Summit
30The Disappearance of Alice Creed$15,439-40%8-4$1,930$110,3083Anchor Bay
31Middle Men$15,068-84%16-236$942$723,7143Paramount
32Date Night$15,026-38%23-10$653$98,684,12320Fox
33Mademoiselle Chambon$13,65795%125$1,138$293,56413Lorber
34Please Give$12,380-33%18-5$688$3,973,40617Sony Pictures Classics
35Winnebago Man$11,536135%70$1,648$117,4817Kino International
36Breathless (2010 re-issue)$10,484155%64$1,747$274,70213Rialto
37Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$10,05427%19-2$529$339,7519Sony Pictures Classics
38Tales From Earthsea$9,940-52%50$1,988$41,0292Disney
39Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$9,710--1--$9,710$36,39110The Film Desk
40The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$9,416-39%9-6$1,046$6,318,05919Sony Pictures Classics
41Micmacs$8,490-41%240$354$1,170,02513Sony Classics
42Army of Crime$8,102--3--$2,701$8,1021Lorber
43Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$6,129-9%51$1,226$662,30423Zeitgeist
44Countdown to Zero$5,902-2%6-4$984$248,2735Magnolia
46Spoken Word$2,691-54%3-1$897$22,5925Variance
47Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$2,616-44%21$1,308$9,8382First Run Features
48Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,375-12%30$792$23,284,314151National Geographic
50Mother and Child$2,110-76%13-2$162$1,095,68616Sony Pictures Classics
51U2 3D$1,98226%10$1,982$10,362,088135National Geographic
52Everyone Else$1,855-37%1-1$1,855$91,85362Cinema Guild
53City Island$1,732-28%4-4$433$6,669,09823Anchor Bay
54Brotherhood (2009)$1,71179%10$1,711$7,6733Olive Films
55Salt of This Sea$1,543-69%10$1,543$9,4932
56Altiplano$1,269--1--$1,269$1,2691First Run
57To the Sea$1,23173%21$616$31,6496Film Movement
58Ajami$1,205153%21$603$621,24049Kino International
59Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,204-93%1-5$1,204$346,56116Kino International
60Sweetgrass$1,199--1--$1,199$203,85448Cinema Guild
61Princess Kaiulani$1,167-64%1-2$1,167$869,84215Roadside Attractions
62The Sicilian Girl$1,164-74%21$582$19,6283Music Box
63The Law$1,1000%10$1,100$15,9379Oscilloscope
64Small Change (2009 re-issue)$927--1--$927$32,66039The Film Desk
65Only When I Dance$835-11%10$835$7,1508Film Movement
66Orlando (2010 re-issue)$779-88%51$156$53,7735Sony Pictures Classics
67Behind the Burly Q$760--1--$760$21,28618First Run Features
68The Beaches of Agnes$733--1--$733$239,71160Cinema Guild
69Kings of the Evening$535-11%10$535$98,03528Indican Pictures
70Videocracy$363--1--$363$23,56728Lorber Films
71Holy Rollers$345-51%10$345$302,88630First Independent Pictures
72Spring Fever$273-84%10$273$10,47812Strand
73The Nature of Existence$228-80%10$228$37,55410Walking Shadows
74Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$158-80%1-1$158$45,8519Kino International
75Stonewall Uprising$100-86%1-1$100$118,67510First Run Features