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, Jan. 7 - Sun, Jan. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$14,605,135-40%3,12441$4,675$110,035,1573Paramount
2Little Fockers$13,487,245-48%3,675121$3,670$123,687,7603Universal
3Season of the Witch$10,612,375--2,816--$3,769$10,612,3751Relativity Media
4TRON: Legacy$10,090,002-46%3,013-352$3,349$148,212,4204Disney
5Black Swan$8,113,011-9%1,58431$5,122$61,218,5046Fox Searchlight
6Country Strong$7,326,16517551%1,4241422$5,145$7,463,4543Sony / Screen Gems
7The Fighter$7,001,504-30%2,528-6$2,770$57,845,9465Paramount
8Yogi Bear$6,641,250-46%3,288-227$2,020$75,436,7714Warner Bros.
9Tangled$5,111,098-48%2,383-199$2,145$175,779,4967Disney
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,601,403-55%2,814-134$1,635$94,532,1965Fox
11Gulliver's Travels (2010)$4,588,731-51%2,964-125$1,548$34,448,3213Fox
12The Tourist$3,766,574-43%2,442-314$1,542$61,157,9445Sony / Columbia
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$2,353,398-49%1,507-225$1,562$287,661,7708Warner Bros.
14How Do You Know$1,876,869-59%1,902-581$987$28,833,6574Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$6,414,407-18%75858$8,462$32,896,6657Weinstein Company
2The Social Network$653,20941%603354$1,083$94,077,47015Sony / Columbia
3Unstoppable (2010)$342,784-35%398-52$861$80,023,2479Fox
4Love and Other Drugs$290,02841%21237$1,368$31,683,1727Fox
5Megamind$274,872-56%375-389$733$144,674,38410Paramount / DreamWorks
6Burlesque$256,319-42%228-102$1,124$38,239,9177Sony / Screen Gems
7Due Date$255,304-40%244-160$1,046$99,652,53210Warner Bros.
8I Love You Phillip Morris$217,27610%10032$2,173$1,435,4806Roadside Attractions
9Red (2010)$199,992-31%261-42$766$89,842,93713Summit
10Life As We Know It$152,285-26%188-60$810$53,133,72714Warner Bros.
11Secretariat$145,743-34%225-22$648$59,291,17714Disney
12Despicable Me$118,355-31%178-19$665$251,384,62027Universal
13Morning Glory (2010)$96,016106%17852$539$30,883,9799Paramount
14Fair Game (2010)$72,887-25%103-6$708$9,241,95210Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$704,339264%4036$17,608$1,144,5842Weinstein Company
2No One Killed Jessica$227,473--48--$4,739$227,4731UTV Communications
3127 Hours$216,964-24%88-15$2,466$10,824,59910Fox Searchlight
4Somewhere (2010)$163,31818%179$9,607$663,9893Focus
5Casino Jack$156,39395%5234$3,008$425,3634IDP/ATO Pictures
6Hubble 3D$137,923-2%547$2,554$20,535,39143Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Rabbit Hole$109,944-23%340$3,234$627,9814Lionsgate
8Another Year$87,261-22%71$12,466$303,7152Sony Pictures Classics
9Made in Dagenham$86,685-9%606$1,445$626,6848Sony Pictures Classics
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$56,534-35%95-63$595$55,638,92816Warner Bros.
11Inside Job$55,9492%469$1,216$3,539,37014Sony Pictures Classics
12Faster (2010)$51,630-23%79-40$654$22,941,2317CBS Films
13All Good Things$43,03840%3010$1,435$381,0036Magnolia Pictures
14Jackass 3D$39,030-41%70-67$558$117,190,30013Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 2$34,132-40%90-55$379$84,723,15612Paramount
16The Illusionist (2010)$32,988-29%30$10,996$178,4103Sony Pictures Classics
17The Warrior's Way$29,596120%32-6$925$5,604,9206Relativity Media
18The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$26,004-35%42-5$619$5,072,74411Music Box
19Tiny Furniture$19,49214%194$1,026$317,0909IFC
20White Material$19,202248%2117$914$268,9148IFC
21Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$18,7291056%54$3,746$26,8213Saint Juste International
22Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$18,211--1--$18,211$26,8461First Run Features
23Tees Maar Khan$14,355-87%38-66$378$1,072,6863UTV Communications
24Summer Wars$13,60467%1412$972$35,9543GKIDS
25My Dog Tulip$13,039144%41$3,260$167,93919New Yorker Films
26Bhutto$12,7841822%43$3,196$48,8346First Run Features
27Hereafter$12,779-66%33-95$387$32,741,59613Warner Bros.
28Four Lions$11,9986%11-7$1,091$260,70710Drafthouse Films
29Kings of Pastry$11,20063%40$2,800$286,29717First Run
30Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,92138%51$1,984$333,48813Zeitgeist Films
31Tamara Drewe$7,721128%195$406$538,02914Sony Pictures Classics
32Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$6,9661476%21$3,483$81,29329Kino International
33The Time That Remains$6,453--1--$6,453$6,4531IFC
34The Salvation Poem$5,859128%10$5,859$500,06413CanZion Films
35The Strange Case of Angelica$5,594-25%21$2,797$21,6492Cinema Guild
36Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$5,267-74%12-8$439$231,8356Oscilloscope
37For Colored Girls$5,122-53%21-7$244$37,686,27410Lionsgate
38The Tempest$4,875-55%3-3$1,625$242,1295Disney
39Howl$4,774-29%61$796$602,36016Oscilloscope
40Winter's Bone$4,759131%64$793$6,254,38231Roadside Attractions
41You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$4,4341%62$739$3,235,09116Sony Pictures Classics
42Feed the Fish$4,41179%43$1,103$90,1868Strand
43Marwencol$3,583--4--$896$68,54114Cinema Guild
44Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,422-15%20$1,711$23,490,133171National Geographic
45Carlos$3,23949%53$648$140,76013IFC
46Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$3,18890%62$531$175,46810Magnolia
47If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle$2,999--1--$2,999$5,2281Film Movement
48Night Catches Us$2,808-19%40$702$59,5856Magnolia
49To the Sea$2,610--1--$2,610$58,29326Film Movement
50The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,100-55%30$700$697,70623National Geographic
51Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,772--2--$886$21,32910Variance Films
52Animal Kingdom$1,594-3%42$399$1,018,71822Sony Pictures Classics
53Waste Land$1,38548%21$693$103,83911Arthouse Films
54Red Hill$1,361-11%1-1$1,361$20,21910Strand
55Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$830-43%21$415$34,7019Film Desk
56Get Low$674-49%2-1$337$9,112,53824Sony Pictures Classics
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$545243%21$273$534,72420Music Box
58The Girl Who Played With Fire$41288%1-2$412$7,637,72127Music Box
59The Red Chapel$400-84%21$200$5,0502Lorber Films
60William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$398115%10$398$33,2908Oscilloscope
61The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$376-53%1-1$376$10,094,59743Music Box
62Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$365139%20$183$263,23519Music Box