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, Dec. 10 - Sun, Dec. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$24,005,069--3,555--$6,752$24,005,0691Fox
2The Tourist$16,472,458--2,756--$5,977$16,472,4581Sony / Columbia
3Tangled$14,331,687-34%3,565-38$4,020$115,395,5603Disney
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$8,484,316-50%3,577-548$2,372$257,672,7214Warner Bros.
5Unstoppable (2010)$3,705,966-38%2,967-185$1,249$74,227,9085Fox
6Burlesque$3,166,613-48%2,876-161$1,101$32,540,7803Sony / Screen Gems
7Love and Other Drugs$2,981,509-47%2,240-218$1,331$27,629,9363Fox
8Due Date$2,581,147-38%1,990-460$1,297$94,919,6506Warner Bros.
9Megamind$2,526,824-49%2,425-748$1,042$140,218,9626Paramount / DreamWorks
10Faster (2010)$1,731,840-56%2,106-364$822$21,336,9613CBS Films
11The Next Three Days$1,025,033-60%1,426-810$719$20,300,9794Lionsgate
12The Warrior's Way$975,541-68%1,6220$601$4,952,3472Relativity Media
13Morning Glory (2010)$503,249-70%1,004-1259$501$30,200,8315Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,008,858-38%416-17$2,425$8,250,8566Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$555,618-43%4360$1,274$8,207,2976Summit
3Red (2010)$431,047-43%564-215$764$87,896,7259Summit
4The Social Network$285,193-29%227-33$1,256$91,396,42011Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$191,320-12%258-22$742$250,252,28523Universal
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$158,223-26%288-34$549$55,032,70612Warner Bros.
7The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$155,719-36%169-7$921$4,674,2517Music Box
8For Colored Girls$152,145-66%243-242$626$37,533,4216Lionsgate
9Skyline$150,960-65%277-301$545$21,253,1805Universal / Rogue
10The Town$130,103-36%255-63$510$91,947,01613Warner Bros.
11Secretariat$129,604-50%263-139$493$58,182,05010Disney
12Inside Job$124,926-36%116-11$1,077$3,137,24310Sony Pictures Classics
13Easy A$100,048-28%203-26$493$58,272,73713Sony / Screen Gems
14Life As We Know It$58,306-43%120-88$486$52,209,88410Warner Bros.
15Inception$49,996-26%108-9$463$292,462,23322Warner Bros.
16You Again$47,505-34%129-41$368$25,677,80112Disney
17Paranormal Activity 2$45,310-55%125-75$362$84,334,0598Paramount
18Jackass 3D$45,124-59%108-72$418$116,832,2729Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$3,305,368129%9072$36,726$5,584,5422Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$591,81882%1913$31,148$1,524,1233Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$300,010--4--$75,003$300,0101Paramount
4No Problem$242,116--84--$2,882$242,1161Eros
5I Love You Phillip Morris$153,12236%3529$4,375$304,2452Roadside Attractions
6The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$117,06645%150$7,804$333,3046Warner Bros.
7Hubble 3D$96,984-13%574$1,701$19,152,04039Warner Bros. / IMAX
8All Good Things$62,45268%2018$3,123$113,8932Magnolia Pictures
9The Tempest$42,436--5--$8,487$42,4361Disney
10Tiny Furniture$39,24926%216$1,869$191,4055IFC
11Tamara Drewe$36,481-2%5912$618$474,49910Sony Pictures Classics
12Conviction$34,140-50%75-32$455$6,734,0499Fox Searchlight
13Hereafter$31,444-37%87-27$361$32,490,7079Warner Bros.
14Today's Special$26,117-48%271$967$317,8314Alerion
15Under the Sea 3D$25,481-1%11-2$2,316$25,034,93996Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$24,739167%76$3,534$38,6752Oscilloscope
17Made in Dagenham$21,256-43%154$1,417$217,8264Sony Pictures Classics
18Waiting for 'Superman'$20,648-49%55-30$375$6,371,88012Paramount Vantage
19You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$19,699-27%6448$308$3,186,03012Sony Pictures Classics
20White Material$16,336-53%13-1$1,257$195,9084IFC
21Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$15,019-14%10-1$1,502$272,0429Zeitgeist Films
22Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$13,974-36%38-21$368$52,462,22412Fox
23Four Lions$13,7095%134$1,055$202,8026Drafthouse Films
24Guzaarish$13,488-77%22-36$613$1,017,3354UTV
25Hemingway's Garden of Eden$12,404--14--$886$12,4041Roadside Attractions
26The Nutcracker in 3D$11,645-81%37-78$315$190,5623Freestyle Releasing
27Space Station 3D$11,585-5%2-1$5,793$82,457,866452IMAX
28Night Catches Us$11,158-18%95$1,240$29,2822Magnolia
29Kings of Pastry$10,552-18%103$1,055$236,62413First Run
30Howl$9,848-36%80$1,231$558,19012Oscilloscope
31Never Let Me Go$8,864--19--$467$2,412,04513Fox Searchlight
32Stone$8,558-32%19-3$450$177,27510Relativity / Overture
33Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$8,404-5%146$600$154,1986Magnolia
34Wild Target$7,852-34%10-3$785$117,1907Freestyle
35Frankie & Alice (2010)$7,768--1--$7,768$7,7681Freestyle Releasing
36And Everything is Going Fine$7,035--1--$7,035$7,0351IFC
37Inspector Bellamy$6,955378%42$1,739$101,1787IFC Films
38Heartbreaker$6,865167%6-1$1,144$504,03014IFC
39The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$6,73039%4-1$1,683$679,84119National Geographic
40Last Train Home$6,70724%62$1,118$282,09215Zeitgeist Films
41The Salvation Poem$6,424-76%108$642$481,7919CanZion Films
42Marwencol$5,601-34%61$934$58,63110Cinema Guild
43Leaving$5,546-58%11-2$504$169,48611IFC
44The Legend of Pale Male$5,445403%43$1,361$25,9703Balcony
45Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$5,125-25%30$1,708$23,461,685167National Geographic
46Jack Goes Boating$5,037176%4233$120$538,80813Relativity / Overture
47Enter the Void$4,822-43%10-3$482$322,82712IFC Films
48Monsters (2010)$4,568-41%11-4$415$229,1927Magnolia
49Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$3,31767%53$663$50,0537Variance Films
50Waste Land$3,298-65%3-2$1,099$96,5977Arthouse Films
51My Dog Tulip$3,148147%32$1,049$139,92315New Yorker Films
52Bhutto$3,021-63%20$1,511$14,2692First Run Features
53Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$2,994--2--$1,497$22,1012Argot Pictures
54Shoah$2,874--1--$2,874$2,8741IFC
55Winter's Bone$2,70827%31$903$6,232,42727Roadside Attractions
56Get Low$2,683-28%10-1$268$9,102,91320Sony Pictures Classics
57The Little Traitor$2,55174%10$2,551$382,25853Westchester Films
58Budrus$2,459-43%32$820$57,64710Balcony Releasing
59You Wont Miss Me$2,240--1--$2,240$2,2401Reel Diva Consultants
60Feed the Fish$1,813--4--$453$78,5664Strand
61Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,72628%31$575$261,18815Music Box
62Undertow (2009)$1,717-72%1-2$1,717$52,05813Wolfe Releasing
63Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,565-82%2-1$783$362,17629Rialto
64A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,315236%31$438$189,50315Sony Pictures Classics
65Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,245-66%20$623$14,4556Variance Films
66Carlos$1,192-66%31$397$124,6489IFC
67The Girl Who Played With Fire$1,18741%3-1$396$7,634,47423Music Box
68What If...$1,076-83%4-3$269$767,02417Five & Two Pictures
69Cool It$1,029-31%10-5$103$61,9675Roadside Attractions
70Mademoiselle Chambon$1,01318%2-1$507$526,79529Lorber
71The Kids Grow Up$947802%10$947$11,6547Shadow Distribution
72Mesrine: Killer Instinct$928-75%30$309$531,97216Music Box
73The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$538-47%1-3$538$10,091,05439Music Box
74William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$476-75%1-1$476$28,0084Oscilloscope
75Everyone Else$410--2--$205$101,34378Cinema Guild
76Lebanon$2600%10$260$366,95761Sony Pictures Classics
77Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$207-89%1-1$207$73,19525Kino International
78Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$194-93%1-2$194$156,42514Lorber