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, Sep. 17 - Sun, Sep. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$23,808,032--2,861--$8,322$23,808,0321Warner Bros.
2Easy A$17,734,040--2,856--$6,209$17,734,0401Sony / Screen Gems
3Devil$12,289,375--2,809--$4,375$12,289,3751Universal
4Resident Evil: Afterlife$10,002,592-62%3,2096$3,117$43,893,9582Sony / Screen Gems
5Alpha and Omega$9,106,906--2,625--$3,469$9,106,9061Lionsgate
6Takers$3,026,285-47%2,139-52$1,415$52,372,3494Sony / Screen Gems
7The American$2,672,521-53%2,457-376$1,088$32,772,4753Focus
8The Other Guys$1,972,046-41%1,827-419$1,079$115,403,4407Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,967,137-30%1,305-278$1,507$285,129,85510Warner Bros.
10Machete$1,755,550-59%1,704-974$1,030$24,391,3543Fox
11Eat Pray Love$1,614,431-45%1,668-671$968$77,600,2356Sony / Columbia
12The Expendables$1,373,298-57%1,854-1204$741$101,020,5336Lionsgate
13Going the Distance (2010)$1,355,246-64%2,007-1023$675$16,771,3053Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Last Exorcism$1,211,349-64%2,013-718$602$40,113,3704Lionsgate
15Nanny McPhee Returns$969,345-53%1,578-786$614$27,617,9405Universal
16The Switch (2010)$930,037-54%1,158-437$803$26,600,1525Miramax

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$910,965-45%939-436$970$244,739,01511Universal
2Lottery Ticket$625,812-48%677-228$924$23,505,3605Warner Bros.
3Vampires Suck$568,012-62%964-706$589$35,865,4455Fox
4Get Low$551,494-36%467-62$1,181$7,785,0908Sony Pictures Classics
5Toy Story 3$469,638-38%475-237$989$410,640,66514Disney
6Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$355,225-57%383-236$927$31,075,1256Universal
7Salt$310,966-51%335-149$928$116,974,4269Sony / Columbia
8Grown Ups$303,582-20%304-35$999$161,094,62513Sony / Columbia
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$272,219-33%360-65$756$43,019,6338Warner Bros.
10The Sorcerer's Apprentice$238,786-22%275-37$868$62,492,81810Disney
11Avatar$238,180-67%129-307$1,846$760,083,04140Fox
12Dinner for Schmucks$220,019-54%313-223$703$72,204,5398Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$208,477-72%339-848$615$300,103,07212Summit
14Flipped$179,172-63%375-67$478$1,575,0837Warner Bros.
15Ramona and Beezus$165,613-10%260-15$637$25,717,9739Fox
16The Kids Are All Right$159,353-39%169-49$943$20,507,87611Focus
17Piranha 3D$150,466-79%264-561$570$24,730,7205Weinstein Company
18Step Up 3D$149,096-57%134-126$1,113$42,054,0367Disney
19The Girl Who Played With Fire$133,941-27%137-11$978$7,142,08011Music Box
20The Last Airbender$118,105-35%174-46$679$131,564,73112Paramount
21I'm Still Here$113,33317%120101$944$259,2902Magnolia
22The Karate Kid (2010)$95,819-24%147-21$652$176,591,61815Sony / Columbia
23Winter's Bone$90,052-34%101-9$892$5,954,17315Roadside Attractions
24Legendary$29,306-77%103-74$285$191,8752IDP/Samuel Goldwyn

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dabangg$297,229-53%686$4,371$1,068,5892Eros
2Catfish$257,285--12--$21,440$257,2851Universal / Rogue
3Mao's Last Dancer$238,007-30%98-4$2,429$2,617,2905Samuel Goldwyn
4Hubble 3D$153,705-15%633$2,440$15,642,57027Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Never Let Me Go$111,734--4--$27,934$156,7331Fox Searchlight
6Cairo Time$107,873-31%758$1,438$1,277,8157IFC
7The Tillman Story$60,680-28%283$2,167$519,3715Weinstein Company
8Animal Kingdom$53,720-51%57-4$942$817,1346Sony Pictures Classics
9What If...$48,428-43%50-32$969$517,5535Five & Two Pictures
10Heartbreaker$44,512-15%85$5,564$118,3672IFC
11I Am Love$42,633-24%35-5$1,218$4,838,30114Magnolia
12Under the Sea 3D$41,54741%161$2,597$24,219,10684Warner Bros. / IMAX
13We Are Family$39,950-65%780$512$597,9723UTV Communications
14Knight and Day$36,742-33%64-29$574$76,364,87113Fox
15Predators$33,561-35%55-31$610$51,908,58011Fox
16Mademoiselle Chambon$32,62720%110$2,966$385,11817Lorber
17Jack Goes Boating$28,916--4--$7,229$28,9161Relativity / Overture
18The Romantics$26,155-43%1412$1,868$81,5032Four of a Kind
19A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$24,624-14%2310$1,071$105,7393Sony Pictures Classics
20Soul Kitchen$24,596-5%225$1,118$196,5015IFC
21Mesrine: Killer Instinct$24,310-51%22-7$1,105$461,7304Music Box
22Last Train Home$23,78373%86$2,973$71,8433Zeitgeist Films
23The Concert$23,440-40%201$1,172$542,1769Weinstein Company
24Fool for Love (2010)$22,840-54%80$2,855$87,1692Variance Films
25Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$21,34421%282$762$1,679,98615Sony Pictures Classics
26The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$21,344-8%13-6$1,642$487,1617National Geographic
27Leaves of Grass$20,987--3--$6,996$20,9871First Look
28Lovely, Still$20,538348%119$1,867$39,9212Monterey Media
29Lebanon$18,923-52%232$823$286,57349Sony Pictures Classics
30Restrepo$18,296-38%370$494$1,254,30613National Geographic
31Bran Nue Dae$18,062-23%171$1,062$51,1082Freestyle Releasing
32Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$17,679-55%20-8$884$207,9673Music Box
33Kings of Pastry$15,162--2--$7,581$22,4281First Run
34Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$13,686-20%41$3,422$39,1982Lorber
35The Extra Man$12,333-15%13-4$949$416,2098Magnolia
36Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$12,197-47%28-17$436$90,755,64317Disney
37The Other City$10,396--2--$5,198$10,3961Cabin Films
38Cyrus$9,740-38%19-7$513$7,419,05914Fox Searchlight
39Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$9,069--1--$9,069$9,0691Collective Eye
40The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$8,012-42%19-9$422$10,056,67527Music Box
41Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$7,56324%21$3,782$17,1382Lorber
42Winnebago Man$7,05111%112$641$156,79411Kino International
43Undertow (2009)$7,051--1--$7,051$7,0511Wolfe Releasing
44Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$6,772-8%50$1,354$221,7599Arthouse Films
45Picture Me$6,718--1--$6,718$6,7181Strand
46La Soga$6,446-77%4-3$1,612$206,72767-57 Releasing
47The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$6,279-13%11-7$571$6,374,78923Sony Pictures Classics
48My Dog Tulip$6,276-50%10$6,276$49,4303New Yorker Films
49The Sicilian Girl$6,245-32%52$1,249$43,4757Music Box
50Exit Through the Gift Shop$6,101-56%5-1$1,220$3,250,66423Producers Distribution Agency
51Agora$6,088-17%4-2$1,522$599,90317Newmarket
52Hideaway (2009)$5,550-50%40$1,388$20,7032Strand
53Life During Wartime$5,419-37%14-2$387$278,8219IFC
54Micmacs$4,937-56%15-1$329$1,237,26917Sony Classics
55Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,585-58%40$1,146$309,21017Rialto
56A Film Unfinished$4,483-37%30$1,494$147,2555Oscilloscope
57Ahead of Time$4,464-65%21$2,232$22,7742Vitagraph
58The Freebie$4,309--1--$4,309$4,3091Phase 4 Films
59John Rabe$3,774--1--$3,774$61,06818Strand
60Please Give$2,84239%40$711$4,028,33921Sony Pictures Classics
61GasLand$2,641--1--$2,641$9,1691International WOW
62Solitary Man$2,641-39%7-2$377$4,353,41018Anchor Bay
63The Trial$2,491-72%10$2,491$14,1422Whitlow Films
64Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$2,45040%31$817$386,53220Kino International
65Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,390-64%11-9$217$377,55613Sony Pictures Classics
66El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances$2,330--1--$2,330$2,3301Cinema Libre
67Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo$2,198--2--$1,099$2,1981Cinema Purgatorio
68Ondine$1,87955%21$940$547,21829Magnolia
69Centurion$1,871-61%3-3$624$119,6214Magnolia
70Spoken Word$1,811-20%20$906$32,7289Variance
71The Nature of Existence$1,714--1--$1,714$49,76714Walking Shadows
72Princess Kaiulani$1,210-49%2-1$605$883,45419Roadside Attractions
73Everyone Else$1,128-46%20$564$98,19766Cinema Guild
74Enemies of the People$1,092--2--$546$13,8228International Film Circuit
75Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$1,07271%10$1,072$48,83014The Film Desk
76Mother and Child$1,048-58%5-1$210$1,105,26620Sony Pictures Classics
77The Milk of Sorrow$986-31%10$986$9,8494Olive Films
78Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$985-14%10$985$23,298,251155National Geographic
79The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$949--2--$475$108,97924International Film Circuit
80Circle$87635%10$876$9,7304Indican Pictures
81Around a Small Mountain$86743%20$434$27,20111Cinema Guild
82Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$847-75%21$424$17,4296First Run Features
83Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$843--1--$843$15,20810Flicker Alley
84The Disappearance of Alice Creed$800-82%3-1$267$156,4727Anchor Bay
85The Temptation of St. Tony$747--1--$747$7471Olive Films
86Countdown to Zero$716-89%60$119$264,4159Magnolia
87The Girl (2009)$712--1--$712$7121
88The Little Traitor$514-65%10$514$377,20141Westchester Films
89Orlando (2010 re-issue)$358--1--$358$56,3729Sony Pictures Classics
90Sweetgrass$1457%10$145$204,25952Cinema Guild