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, Feb. 25 - Sun, Feb. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hall Pass$13,535,374--2,950--$4,588$13,535,3741Warner Bros. / New Line
2Gnomeo and Juliet$13,400,130-30%3,03723$4,412$74,334,2363Disney
3Unknown (2011)$12,571,282-42%3,0430$4,131$42,976,4502Warner Bros.
4I Am Number Four$11,016,126-43%3,1562$3,491$37,723,9402Disney / DreamWorks
5Just Go With It$10,532,244-43%3,544-4$2,972$78,787,0663Sony / Columbia
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$9,387,250-29%2,810-308$3,341$62,963,7413Paramount
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$7,623,276-53%2,8210$2,702$28,647,5192Fox
8The King's Speech$7,339,75912%2,385299$3,077$114,231,03014Weinstein Company
9Drive Angry$5,187,625--2,290--$2,265$5,187,6251Summit
10True Grit (2010)$1,947,092-19%1,222-243$1,593$167,132,44210Paramount
11The Roommate$1,940,609-50%1,726-434$1,124$35,818,2274Sony / Screen Gems
12The Eagle$1,587,177-56%1,568-728$1,012$18,341,8243Focus
13No Strings Attached$1,450,649-53%1,366-600$1,062$68,760,0386Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$1,576,1031%668-91$2,359$90,369,46312Paramount
2Black Swan$1,327,8440%617-39$2,152$103,576,41813Fox Searchlight
3The Grace Card$1,010,299--352--$2,870$1,010,2991IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4Cedar Rapids$664,730-27%13634$4,888$2,349,9963Fox Searchlight
5The Green Hornet$663,895-56%667-598$995$96,637,3217Sony / Columbia
6Barney's Version$568,751-24%299-23$1,902$5,387,9477Sony Pictures Classics
7The Rite$479,351-58%545-503$880$32,310,5295Warner Bros. / New Line
8Biutiful$460,500-12%18226$2,530$3,783,8189Roadside Attractions
9Tangled$421,474-21%337-52$1,251$194,881,26214Disney
10Sanctum$358,515-78%392-985$915$23,070,0454Universal
11TRON: Legacy$330,462-27%276-36$1,197$170,999,94311Disney
12The Mechanic$322,039-68%404-548$797$28,677,7195CBS Films
13127 Hours$301,367-6%220-20$1,370$17,915,44817Fox Searchlight
14Yogi Bear$247,874-47%366-359$677$97,857,39311Warner Bros.
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$239,617-33%303-18$791$294,325,81015Warner Bros.
16Little Fockers$234,770-12%261-24$900$147,980,23010Universal
17The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$234,241-18%248-16$945$103,777,01712Fox
18The Company Men$215,434-28%185-57$1,165$3,880,6396Weinstein Company
19Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$211,115-26%1179$1,804$1,104,8763Shorts International
20Blue Valentine (2010)$209,786-36%167-68$1,256$9,224,0119Weinstein Company
21Gulliver's Travels (2010)$156,440-18%204-31$767$42,439,63810Fox
22The Illusionist (2010)$148,769-21%12519$1,190$1,725,53610Sony Pictures Classics
23The Tourist$141,477-30%194-30$729$67,483,18512Sony / Columbia
24The Dilemma$139,725-21%243-50$575$48,430,3557Universal
25Another Year$134,859-35%107-14$1,260$2,733,3299Sony Pictures Classics
26The Social Network$109,95624%269156$409$96,917,89722Sony / Columbia
27Season of the Witch$102,987209%17139$602$24,648,1068Relativity Media
28Winter's Bone$71,703305%135115$531$6,502,66638Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Of Gods and Men$308,895--33--$9,360$308,8951Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$160,777-14%50-2$3,216$22,307,54650Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$95,141--13--$7,319$1,307,371423D Entertainment
4Under the Sea 3D$70,230-5%191$3,696$27,301,994107Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$64,78821%168$4,049$146,8382Vitagraph
6From Prada to Nada$56,600-39%81-47$699$2,905,5255Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Rabbit Hole$53,034-6%835$639$2,063,10711Lionsgate
87 Khoon Maaf$44,955-73%683$661$253,2742UTV Communications
9Unstoppable (2010)$35,627-48%66-39$540$81,528,42116Fox
10Space Station 3D$35,216-10%3-2$11,739$82,906,844463IMAX
11Inside Job$33,56843%5329$633$4,019,20321Sony Pictures Classics
12The Last Lions$27,035-49%40$6,759$117,1902National Geographic
13Somewhere (2010)$25,907-23%27-2$960$1,768,41610Focus
14Poetry$19,87311%63$3,312$76,4113Kino International
15The Way Back$19,46331%150$1,298$2,701,8596Newmarket Films
16I Am (2011)$19,297--2--$9,649$32,7502Paladin
17Cold Weather$12,71249%41$3,178$63,2084IFC Films
18Casino Jack$12,46919%175$733$967,67811IDP/ATO Pictures
19Galapagos$12,002-15%2-1$6,001$17,886,603592IMAX
20Kaboom$9,003-22%115$818$79,0595IFC Films
21Waste Land$9,00168%62$1,500$169,21518Arthouse Films
22The Housemaid (Hanyo)$8,803-40%82$1,100$103,7736IFC Films
23Brotherhood (2010)$8,4457%21$4,223$17,9602Phase 4 Films
24The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$7,880--3--$2,627$743,94430National Geographic
25Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$7,674--1--$7,674$7,6741Rialto
26Heartbeats$7,197--1--$7,197$7,1971IFC Films
27Vanishing on 7th Street$6,962140%65$1,160$11,6332Magnolia / Magnet
28Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$6,656-59%31$2,219$49,3393Phase 4 Films
29I Love You Phillip Morris$6,53728%156$436$1,954,17813Roadside Attractions
30Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$6,505290%31$2,168$415,42220Zeitgeist Films
31Public Speaking$6,260--1--$6,260$11,0001Rialto
32Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$4,610-36%6-1$768$176,4535Variance Films
33Made in Dagenham$4,562-49%10-5$456$1,031,14015Sony Pictures Classics
34The Salvation Poem$4,336-9%40$1,084$599,21220CanZion Films
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,224--2--$2,112$23,534,728178National Geographic
36The Other Woman (2011)$3,93632%94$437$20,5854IFC
37A Somewhat Gentle Man$3,644--2--$1,822$13,2727Strand Releasing
38My Dog Tulip$3,389119%21$1,695$213,56026New Yorker Films
39All Good Things$3,205-12%40$801$542,91813Magnolia Pictures
40Carancho$3,008-59%1-3$3,008$37,5313Strand Releasing
41Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,777-60%2-1$1,389$98,2178First Run Features
42Every Day$2,72874%20$1,364$34,2937Image Entertainment
43Four Lions$2,0708%1-5$2,070$306,68617Drafthouse Films
44Enemies of the People$1,839-23%2-2$920$67,94931International Film Circuit
45Nenette$1,6861305%21$843$15,91310Kino International
46Zero Bridge$1,663-50%10$1,663$8,2472The Film Desk
47Putty Hill$1,468-70%10$1,468$7,9722Cinema Guild
48Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$1,183-55%10$1,183$89,01610Saint Juste International
49Immigration Tango$1,087-92%2-28$544$23,8122Roadside Attractions
50What Women Want (2011)$1,017-82%1-2$1,017$122,0734China Lion Film
51Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$917171%21$459$106,57336Kino International
52The Woodmans$917--2--$459$31,5576Lorber Films
53The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$8926%31$297$5,188,97218Music Box
54Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$678--1--$678$40,62416Film Desk
55Marwencol$629-59%1-2$629$99,11421Cinema Guild
56Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$520--1--$520$56,02437The Film Desk
57The Taqwacores$443--1--$443$9,79019Strand Releasing
58Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$39356%1-1$393$66,44418Variance Films
59Animal Kingdom$336-25%1-1$336$1,041,72329Sony Pictures Classics
60Orgasm Inc.$198-95%1-2$198$21,3653First Run Features
61Mesrine: Killer Instinct$129-60%10$129$551,66027Music Box