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, Feb. 11 - Sun, Feb. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Go With It$30,514,732--3,548--$8,601$30,514,7321Sony / Columbia
2Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$29,514,054--3,105--$9,505$30,256,6011Paramount
3Gnomeo and Juliet$25,356,909--2,994--$8,469$25,356,9091Disney
4The Eagle$8,684,464--2,296--$3,782$8,684,4641Focus
5The Roommate$8,126,025-46%2,5340$3,207$25,778,9262Sony / Screen Gems
6The King's Speech$7,230,790-6%2,263-321$3,195$93,675,76112Weinstein Company
7No Strings Attached$5,810,291-27%2,756-294$2,108$60,031,0784Paramount
8Sanctum$5,661,705-40%2,7892$2,030$18,035,0752Universal
9True Grit (2010)$3,785,344-18%2,072-830$1,827$160,355,0298Paramount
10The Green Hornet$3,673,909-38%2,090-943$1,758$92,405,9615Sony / Columbia
11The Rite$3,252,360-42%2,207-778$1,474$28,858,2973Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$3,202,921-40%1,886-818$1,698$25,418,6533CBS Films
13The Fighter$2,165,480-24%1,049-613$2,064$85,632,02410Paramount
14Black Swan$2,122,555-37%1,069-908$1,986$99,337,22011Fox Searchlight
15The Dilemma$1,031,015-69%1,242-1303$830$47,635,6955Universal
16Yogi Bear$770,038-66%1,111-696$693$96,618,2799Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$813,849-56%784-585$1,038$193,304,69612Disney
2Blue Valentine (2010)$585,508-26%393-57$1,490$8,211,6107Weinstein Company
3Biutiful$580,245-10%19112$3,038$2,263,3417Roadside Attractions
4127 Hours$559,094-59%359-540$1,557$16,845,89615Fox Searchlight
5TRON: Legacy$554,476-59%364-676$1,523$169,753,8329Disney
6The Company Men$518,025-6%27746$1,870$3,032,0704Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$465,15225%40944$1,137$293,355,40813Warner Bros.
8Barney's Version$436,4773%110-10$3,968$3,525,8075Sony Pictures Classics
9Little Fockers$345,510-72%424-931$815$147,233,4908Universal
10Another Year$330,719-25%174-62$1,901$2,155,9477Sony Pictures Classics
11Megamind$324,094-15%252-38$1,286$147,878,98615Paramount / DreamWorks
12From Prada to Nada$311,977-58%252-9$1,238$2,588,9263Lionsgate / Pantelion
13The Illusionist (2010)$303,52363%206138$1,473$1,137,5498Sony Pictures Classics
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$287,505-46%293-221$981$102,981,05110Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$213,365-55%308-187$693$41,914,6078Fox
16Country Strong$167,348-73%328-620$510$20,218,9218Sony / Screen Gems
17The Social Network$134,791-45%178-116$757$96,619,12420Sony / Columbia
18Unstoppable (2010)$109,978-14%147-55$748$81,356,49614Fox
19Season of the Witch$94,222-67%176-316$535$24,444,9976Relativity Media
20Rabbit Hole$86,217-30%112-19$770$1,875,9369Lionsgate
21The Tourist$79,740-50%100-131$797$67,000,10210Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cedar Rapids$302,968--15--$20,198$302,9681Fox Searchlight
2Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$300,706--95--$3,165$300,7061Shorts International
3Hubble 3D$153,68227%533$2,900$21,656,91448Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Under the Sea 3D$56,539--16--$3,534$27,053,597105Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Way Back$39,078-72%37-108$1,056$2,637,8814Newmarket Films
6Somewhere (2010)$35,931-40%32-14$1,123$1,668,5938Focus
7Inside Job$26,861-31%29-50$926$3,932,97619Sony Pictures Classics
8Fair Game (2010)$24,824-53%78-71$318$9,528,09215Summit
9Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$21,340-32%13-8$1,642$149,6773Variance Films
10Space Station 3D$20,87633%4-1$5,219$82,732,160461IMAX
11What Women Want (2011)$20,833--21--$992$96,2422China Lion Film
12Winter's Bone$19,256-49%26-8$741$6,394,65636Roadside Attractions
13Poetry$18,900--3--$6,300$18,9001Kino International
14Made in Dagenham$18,3084%29-12$631$997,73513Sony Pictures Classics
15Carancho$15,810--5--$3,162$15,8101Strand Releasing
16Casino Jack$15,058-60%15-24$1,004$932,8769IDP/ATO Pictures
17The Salvation Poem$13,742-62%40$3,436$581,60418CanZion Films
18Love and Other Drugs$13,718-48%25-21$549$32,357,53212Fox
19Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$13,053--1--$13,053$13,0531Phase 4 Films
20Cold Weather$13,039-10%21$6,520$32,3732IFC Films
21I Love You Phillip Morris$9,387-49%23-16$408$1,936,21711Roadside Attractions
22Orgasm Inc.$8,773--1--$8,773$8,7731First Run Features
23Galapagos$8,67532%31$2,892$17,844,371590IMAX
24Certifiably Jonathan$7,826--1--$7,826$7,8261Area23a
25Waiting for Forever$7,374-17%1411$527$20,9752Freestyle
26Kaboom$6,991-57%53$1,398$47,5553IFC Films
27Get Low$6,469-60%19-41$340$9,171,77729Sony Pictures Classics
28Waste Land$6,466-14%62$1,078$142,98116Arthouse Films
29Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$5,980-42%4-1$1,495$404,76618Zeitgeist Films
30Tiny Furniture$4,965-20%8-4$621$383,54914IFC
31The Housemaid (Hanyo)$4,929-70%6-4$822$70,6794IFC Films
32Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$4,500-47%20$2,250$82,5828Saint Juste International
33All Good Things$4,202-60%4-11$1,051$532,06611Magnolia Pictures
34Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,1283%20$2,064$23,522,257176National Geographic
35Into Eternity$3,98613%10$3,986$10,8182International Film Circuit
36Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$3,589-4%52$718$102,58534Kino International
37Rabia$2,761--2--$1,381$4,1973Strand
38Come Undone (2010)$2,664--2--$1,332$8,86711Film Movement
39The Time That Remains$2,593-36%20$1,297$29,0506IFC
40The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$2,503-66%6-7$417$5,186,97416Music Box
41Every Day$2,477-45%20$1,239$27,5835Image Entertainment
42Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$2,381718%32$794$27,44515Variance Films
43My Dog Tulip$2,189-36%1-2$2,189$204,17024New Yorker Films
44What If...$2,184-72%2-3$1,092$811,65826Five & Two Pictures
45Bhutto$2,119-24%1-2$2,119$83,23111First Run Features
46Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$1,989-93%5-37$398$576,6394UTV Communications
47Marwencol$1,8659%20$933$94,66119Cinema Guild
48The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,7230%20$862$713,66028National Geographic
49Animal Kingdom$1,706-55%2-2$853$1,040,03227Sony Pictures Classics
50When We Leave (Die Fremde)$1,440-51%1-1$1,440$14,1283Olive Films
51The Strange Case of Angelica$1,35861%10$1,358$34,9327Cinema Guild
52Four Lions$1,301-42%3-3$434$301,52715Drafthouse Films
53The Little Traitor$1,257--1--$1,257$388,43362Westchester Films
54Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,1941709%10$1,194$16,9825Kino International
55The Woodmans$1,06876%21$534$29,5764Lorber Films
56Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$965-83%1-2$965$83,9276First Run Features
57Kings of Pastry$926-42%1-1$926$308,93522First Run
58Enemies of the People$88833%20$444$61,86429International Film Circuit
59Night Catches Us$804-83%2-1$402$73,85711Magnolia
60The Other Woman (2011)$696-89%20$348$9,9072IFC
61The Tempest$613-71%3-2$204$276,20010Disney
62Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$56214%10$562$64,96416Variance Films
63If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle$513--1--$513$12,1356Film Movement
64Tamara Drewe$489-78%2-1$245$558,77919Sony Pictures Classics
65How I Ended This Summer$434-91%10$434$8,1092Film Movement
66Mesrine: Killer Instinct$354-61%10$354$550,87025Music Box
67Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$34030%1-1$340$275,12524Music Box
68A Somewhat Gentle Man$196-77%10$196$9,1675Strand Releasing
69Nenette$184-86%1-1$184$14,0628Kino International
70To the Sea$178--1--$178$61,61331Film Movement
71Feed the Fish$125--1--$125$101,16013Strand