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, Jan. 21 - Sun, Jan. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$19,652,921--3,018--$6,512$19,652,9211Paramount
2The Green Hornet$17,677,565-47%3,5840$4,932$63,018,8082Sony / Columbia
3The Dilemma$9,108,890-49%2,9433$3,095$32,746,2252Universal
4The King's Speech$7,854,910-14%1,680137$4,676$57,313,8819Weinstein Company
5True Grit (2010)$7,330,092-33%3,4645$2,116$137,963,5195Paramount
6Black Swan$5,869,744-30%2,40779$2,439$83,250,3758Fox Searchlight
7Little Fockers$4,320,090-40%2,979-415$1,450$141,111,7055Universal
8The Fighter$4,164,504-18%2,275-139$1,831$72,680,7407Paramount
9Yogi Bear$3,819,395-29%2,510-192$1,522$88,649,5986Warner Bros.
10TRON: Legacy$3,647,121-36%2,018-421$1,807$163,206,6116Disney
11Tangled$3,081,926-23%1,860-188$1,657$186,356,4259Disney
12Season of the Witch$2,297,299-50%2,307-520$996$22,189,3313Relativity Media
13Country Strong$2,082,688-43%1,44117$1,445$16,845,0525Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$1,353,936-42%1,135-569$1,193$100,620,3667Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,159,012-45%1,100-566$1,054$40,021,6135Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$1,218,867--678--$1,798$1,218,8671Newmarket Films
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$898,271-36%725-216$1,239$291,340,76810Warner Bros.
3The Tourist$881,114-48%875-545$1,007$65,894,0317Sony / Columbia
4Blue Valentine (2010)$877,815-37%24212$3,627$4,460,0224Weinstein Company
5The Company Men$647,797--106--$6,111$690,9341Weinstein Company
6Megamind$571,044-14%320-21$1,785$146,340,72312Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Social Network$444,08623%38563$1,153$95,408,47317Sony / Columbia
8The Heart Specialist$251,509-47%293-129$858$922,6372Freestyle
9Due Date$237,814-26%275-66$865$100,448,49812Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$226,970-7%278-25$816$80,731,35211Fox
11Burlesque$217,015-18%2961$733$39,031,8199Sony / Screen Gems
12Rabbit Hole$177,591-36%1011$1,758$1,268,0416Lionsgate
13How Do You Know$114,471-71%261-354$439$30,212,6206Sony / Columbia
14Red (2010)$104,005-26%153-53$680$90,238,92215Summit
15Love and Other Drugs$99,853-36%146-20$684$32,156,8209Fox
16Secretariat$70,415-21%107-29$658$59,560,34316Disney
17Faster (2010)$61,55750%10629$581$23,081,7269CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Barney's Version$478,68432%7735$6,217$1,573,3182Sony Pictures Classics
2Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$365,297--78--$4,683$365,2971UTV Communications
3Another Year$208,36686%4532$4,630$714,3874Sony Pictures Classics
4Yamla Pagla Deewana$203,712-60%840$2,425$851,3812Eros International
5Somewhere (2010)$203,401-19%8330$2,451$1,306,8965Focus
6Hubble 3D$131,598-10%535$2,483$210,013,55045Warner Bros. / IMAX
7127 Hours$118,557-27%69-7$1,718$11,296,80512Fox Searchlight
8The Illusionist (2010)$80,59933%158$5,373$370,9845Sony Pictures Classics
9I Love You Phillip Morris$77,502-41%75-20$1,033$1,800,2468Roadside Attractions
10Made in Dagenham$73,205-22%86-3$851$887,18510Sony Pictures Classics
11Casino Jack$71,244-41%48-12$1,484$743,1326IDP/ATO Pictures
12Life As We Know It$49,551-44%86-46$576$53,358,96416Warner Bros.
13Fair Game (2010)$35,096-22%72-7$487$9,376,70612Summit
14All Good Things$31,88832%28-1$1,139$467,6068Magnolia Pictures
15No One Killed Jessica$28,667-71%28-17$1,024$428,6913UTV Communications
16Inside Job$24,248-30%23-5$1,054$3,660,81216Sony Pictures Classics
17Space Station 3D$19,99732%20$9,999$82,586,379458IMAX
18The Housemaid (Hanyo)$16,670--2--$8,335$16,6701IFC Films
19The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$16,187-45%23-14$704$5,151,35413Music Box
20Biutiful$11,323--4--$2,831$92,0924Roadside Attractions
21Down for Life$8,817-62%50$1,763$39,6442B.D.Fox Independent
22Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$8,218-13%5-3$1,644$372,37615Zeitgeist Films
23The Warrior's Way$7,969-67%29-48$275$5,656,7878Relativity Media
24Tiny Furniture$7,838-18%164$490$347,66111IFC
25What If...$7,721--5--$1,544$775,30823Five & Two Pictures
26Four Lions$7,404-22%9-4$823$284,74812Drafthouse Films
27My Dog Tulip$7,156259%54$1,431$185,14421New Yorker Films
28Summer Wars$6,255-12%6-3$1,043$63,2935GKIDS
29Galapagos$6,240-34%20$3,120$17,807,970587IMAX
30Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$6,235159%105$624$187,54012Magnolia
31Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$6,217233%3-5$2,072$273,24221Music Box
32Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$5,918-52%10$5,918$62,4693First Run Features
33The Woodmans$5,874--1--$5,874$9,5601Lorber Films
34The Tempest$5,328-7%83$666$258,5577Disney
35William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$5,298158%42$1,325$42,43610Oscilloscope
36White Material$5,075-42%11-2$461$295,88610IFC
37Enemies of the People$4,241168%41$1,060$54,40326International Film Circuit
38Tamara Drewe$4,023--14--$287$551,07716Sony Pictures Classics
39Winter's Bone$4,016-35%6-1$669$6,271,08633Roadside Attractions
40Marwencol$3,894-21%60$649$82,34216Cinema Guild
41Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,83023%20$1,915$23,504,471173National Geographic
42The Salvation Poem$3,754-34%21$1,877$511,04915CanZion Films
43Ong Bak 3$3,389-40%30$1,130$12,5892Magnolia
44The Time That Remains$2,717-21%21$1,359$18,7193IFC
45Get Low$2,594--3--$865$9,116,29726Sony Pictures Classics
46Waste Land$2,396-73%41$599$116,70013Arthouse Films
47The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,389-6%30$796$703,69125National Geographic
48Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$2,283-60%10$2,283$13,2892Kino International
49Feed the Fish$2,244-25%41$561$99,93110Strand
50Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,18077%41$545$166,18220Lorber
51Nenette$1,797--2--$899$8,9385Kino International
52Bhutto$1,791-55%1-2$1,791$62,7918First Run Features
53Every Day$1,791-82%2-1$896$15,9182Image Entertainment
54The Strange Case of Angelica$1,770-48%1-1$1,770$31,0214Cinema Guild
55Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,428-85%4-5$357$548,42022Music Box
56Kings of Pastry$1,250-63%1-3$1,250$299,52719First Run
57You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$1,115--3--$372$3,245,08618Sony Pictures Classics
58The Little Traitor$1,052--1--$1,052$386,85659Westchester Films
59Howl$1,049-31%2-1$525$608,25718Oscilloscope
60Animal Kingdom$843--2--$422$1,023,84924Sony Pictures Classics
61Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$842--1--$842$35,92611Film Desk
62Zenith$501--3--$167$5,95817Cinema Purgatorio
63Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$500-53%1-4$500$236,2108Oscilloscope
64Night Catches Us$459-66%30$153$63,5578Magnolia
65Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$39384%10$393$91,23431Kino International
66To the Sea$345--1--$345$61,43628Film Movement