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, Nov. 5 - Sun, Nov. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Megamind$46,016,833--3,944--$11,668$46,016,8331Paramount / DreamWorks
2Due Date$32,689,406--3,355--$9,743$32,689,4061Warner Bros.
3For Colored Girls$19,497,324--2,127--$9,167$19,497,3241Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$8,652,086-19%3,229-120$2,679$71,664,9624Summit
5Saw 3D$7,731,075-68%2,8080$2,753$38,331,7832Lionsgate
6Paranormal Activity 2$7,034,742-57%3,168-71$2,221$76,959,8643Paramount
7Jackass 3D$4,951,282-42%2,165-974$2,287$110,668,3574Paramount
8Secretariat$4,067,715-19%2,614-494$1,556$51,031,0685Disney
9Hereafter$4,011,397-38%2,365-59$1,696$28,721,0664Warner Bros.
10The Social Network$3,424,860-24%1,860-907$1,841$84,871,4926Sony / Columbia
11Life As We Know It$3,066,179-24%1,950-910$1,572$48,506,2525Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$1,628,786-11%672107$2,424$4,794,9304Fox Searchlight
2The Town$1,164,382-41%801-807$1,454$89,748,2398Warner Bros.
3The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$746,5723%19269$3,888$1,995,8412Music Box
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$481,463-73%740-1270$651$54,011,5587Warner Bros.
5Easy A$478,990-55%486-776$986$57,227,6018Sony / Screen Gems
6Waiting for 'Superman'$395,237-23%242-88$1,633$5,408,0807Paramount Vantage
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$333,156-57%353-580$944$51,887,4467Fox
8Despicable Me$328,49023%307-28$1,070$248,312,50018Universal
9Inception$317,189-13%291-110$1,090$291,448,10317Warner Bros.
10Toy Story 3$291,502-5%264-73$1,104$414,317,22321Disney
11Devil$224,350-57%284-351$790$33,466,5608Universal
12You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$220,108-36%143-187$1,539$2,738,2567Sony Pictures Classics
13You Again$210,121-51%283-390$742$25,099,0817Disney
14Stone$176,297-29%109-16$1,617$1,490,3145Relativity / Overture
15It's Kind of a Funny Story$172,584-61%201-276$859$6,195,2065Focus
16The Other Guys$167,778-6%235-67$714$119,021,11714Sony / Columbia
17Takers$154,39874%21583$718$57,570,73211Sony / Screen Gems
18Alpha and Omega$144,961-66%288-388$503$24,452,3978Lionsgate
19Nowhere Boy$143,0149%17522$817$1,198,0035Weinstein Company
20The Switch (2010)$82,1621138%120103$685$27,661,92712Miramax
21Case 39$70,489-60%157-249$449$13,182,1746Paramount Vantage
22N-Secure$56,661-81%105-262$540$2,553,8524Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$651,082--46--$14,154$651,0821Summit
2Golmaal 3$626,432--86--$7,284$626,4321Eros
3Inside Job$266,41545%6632$4,037$957,8835Sony Pictures Classics
4127 Hours$264,851--4--$66,213$264,8511Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$194,12931%60-1$3,235$17,746,61134Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Mao's Last Dancer$100,022-15%81-21$1,235$4,553,64012Samuel Goldwyn
7Tamara Drewe$51,90384%2714$1,922$216,7175Sony Pictures Classics
8The Salvation Poem$50,936-10%14-2$3,638$407,1494CanZion Films
9Catfish$49,770-49%55-82$905$3,151,2188Universal / Rogue
10Under the Sea 3D$43,36538%14-2$3,098$24,714,04891Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Never Let Me Go$41,892-54%51-75$821$2,284,2808Fox Searchlight
12Four Lions$41,512--8--$5,189$41,5121Drafthouse Films
13Let Me In$32,319-81%95-283$340$11,999,4196Relativity / Overture
14Howl$32,269-5%292$1,113$439,5817Oscilloscope
15Monsters (2010)$28,59039%1310$2,199$60,6202Magnolia
16Space Station 3D$27,389--3--$9,130$82,285,011447IMAX
17Buried$26,597-51%46-61$578$1,028,6587Lionsgate
18Avatar$25,511-1%91$2,835$760,462,55947Fox
19Get Low$21,5580%36-13$599$9,034,23615Sony Pictures Classics
20Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$21,244131%61$3,541$87,5694Zeitgeist Films
21Welcome to the Riley's$18,226-57%100$1,823$78,1552Samuel Goldwyn
22What If...$18,076-46%22-34$822$739,29812Five & Two Pictures
23Leaving$17,1142%7-1$2,445$103,3416IFC
24Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$16,962--3--$5,654$16,9621Magnolia
25A Film Unfinished$15,480161%1510$1,032$291,35712Oscilloscope
26Inspector Bellamy$15,318-26%20$7,659$47,1052IFC Films
27Ramona and Beezus$14,4729%32-3$452$26,161,40616Fox
28Heartbreaker$14,40339%192$758$458,7949IFC
29Jack Goes Boating$13,91215%31-4$449$492,6948Relativity / Overture
30The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$13,11232%101$1,311$615,02814National Geographic
31The Tillman Story$12,958-21%240$540$764,98012Weinstein Company
32Enter the Void$12,08034%7-1$1,726$251,5737IFC Films
33Machete$12,006-43%32-24$375$26,576,75210Fox
34Last Train Home$11,68065%101$1,168$224,01010Zeitgeist Films
35The Girl Who Played With Fire$11,212-36%19-11$590$7,612,10218Music Box
36Wild Target$10,971-53%51$2,194$44,2592Freestyle
37Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$10,058118%32$3,353$22,9302Variance Films
38Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$9,1152%31$3,038$23,385,757162National Geographic
39Animal Kingdom$8,821-29%12-5$735$981,93413Sony Pictures Classics
40Waste Land$8,656-12%21$4,328$18,7432Arthouse Films
41Red Hill$8,650--5--$1,730$8,6501Strand
42Vampires Suck$8,511-48%18-31$473$36,658,10812Fox
43Piranha 3D$7,975-19%6-13$1,329$25,001,53212Weinstein Company
44Carlos$7,931-41%3-3$2,644$97,7374IFC
45My Dog Tulip$6,878--4--$1,720$104,85810New Yorker Films
46Mademoiselle Chambon$6,37510%60$1,063$507,55324Lorber
47Violet Tendencies$5,264--1--$5,264$5,2641Embrem Entertainment
48Soul Kitchen$4,37039%11-1$397$274,38512IFC
49Winter's Bone$4,253-27%10-1$425$6,218,19522Roadside Attractions
50Kings of Pastry$4,169-52%5-5$834$141,6088First Run
51Cairo Time$4,038-72%8-11$505$1,602,04514IFC
52Freakonomics$3,999-8%7-2$571$91,1646Magnolia
53Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$3,961207%30$1,320$126,4049Lorber
54I Am Love$3,807-24%6-1$635$4,994,55321Magnolia
55Mesrine: Killer Instinct$3,36172%40$840$517,37111Music Box
56Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$3,233--1--$3,233$3,2331Variance Films
57Lebanon$2,245-13%9-1$249$359,55956Sony Pictures Classics
58The Concert$2,049-40%4-2$512$653,68016Weinstein Company
59Budrus$2,016-61%1-3$2,016$39,8335Balcony Releasing
60The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,912-26%163$120$10,084,27334Music Box
61Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,759183%32$586$507,54727Kino International
62A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,715-66%92$191$181,15410Sony Pictures Classics
632012: Time for Change$1,676199%10$1,676$68,3394Mangusta Productions
64Sweetgrass$1,620--1--$1,620$206,72859Cinema Guild
65The Kids Grow Up$1,272-72%21$636$7,6082Shadow Distribution
66Fool for Love (2010)$1,213187%21$607$165,5329Variance Films
67I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$1,011-52%2-1$506$91,5195Anchor Bay
68Enemies of the People$950235%32$317$25,64915International Film Circuit
69Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$85110%31$284$22,26417Flicker Alley
70The Taqwacores$851250%10$851$6,0373Strand Releasing
71The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$808--1--$808$125,92431International Film Circuit
72Restrepo$800-23%2-1$400$1,325,12520National Geographic
73Marwencol$647-10%10$647$14,9415Cinema Guild
74Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$532-77%3-1$177$403,64920Sony Pictures Classics
75Around a Small Mountain$506-4%10$506$29,71818Cinema Guild
76Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$362-79%2-3$181$250,73610Music Box
77Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$315--1--$315$52,35121The Film Desk
78Stonewall Uprising$306--1--$306$127,94021First Run Features
79Eichmann$294-49%10$294$1,3682Regent Releasing
80Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$250--1--$250$58,69920Kino International
81A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism$245--1--$245$1,8497First Run
82The Disappearance of Alice Creed$225--1--$225$166,98014Anchor Bay
83Shake Hands with the Devil$11635%10$116$3232Regent Releasing
84The Magician (2010)$74-37%10$74$3432Regent Releasing