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, Mar. 25 - Sun, Mar. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$23,751,502--3,167--$7,500$23,751,5021Fox
2Sucker Punch$19,058,199--3,033--$6,284$19,058,1991Warner Bros.
3Limitless$15,055,249-20%2,80549$5,367$41,111,2312Relativity Media
4The Lincoln Lawyer$10,750,365-19%2,7070$3,971$28,717,5482Lionsgate
5Rango$9,772,822-35%3,645-198$2,681$106,335,9874Paramount
6Paul$7,856,800-40%2,8064$2,800$24,960,9702Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$7,582,566-48%3,118-299$2,432$72,562,1103Sony / Columbia
8Red Riding Hood$4,311,312-40%2,715-315$1,588$32,424,7693Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$4,290,795-26%2,282-378$1,880$54,916,8654Universal
10Mars Needs Moms$2,258,428-58%2,170-947$1,041$19,224,6413Disney
11Beastly$2,167,645-32%1,585-225$1,368$25,296,2184CBS Films
12Hall Pass$1,705,370-34%1,204-701$1,416$42,323,4805Warner Bros. / New Line
13The King's Speech$1,557,618-23%1,062-187$1,467$134,851,22918Weinstein Company
14Just Go With It$1,510,275-33%1,116-592$1,353$100,251,0967Sony / Columbia
15Gnomeo and Juliet$1,510,003-34%1,364-384$1,107$95,872,5377Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$646,340-49%688-713$939$62,239,5656Warner Bros.
2Tangled$550,994-11%301-33$1,831$198,526,56918Disney
3I Am Number Four$498,098-51%512-443$973$53,488,7236Disney / DreamWorks
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$410,455-42%406-144$1,011$36,959,6816Fox
5Cedar Rapids$407,665-22%342-120$1,192$6,122,4157Fox Searchlight
6Of Gods and Men$332,63513%12026$2,772$2,103,4255Sony Pictures Classics
7Yogi Bear$321,150-29%326-112$985$99,870,52515Warner Bros.
8The Green Hornet$220,485-23%246-36$896$98,280,82411Sony / Columbia
9Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$214,107-54%289-191$741$72,556,9637Paramount
10The 5th Quarter$202,342--123--$1,645$202,3421Rocky Mountain
11Black Swan$184,3556%20716$891$106,578,42417Fox Searchlight
12True Grit (2010)$182,049-27%205-63$888$170,058,65914Paramount
13Barney's Version$180,602-3%1559$1,165$7,054,14011Sony Pictures Classics
14No Strings Attached$136,249-15%213-19$640$70,477,77710Paramount
15The Fighter$110,318-50%179-137$616$93,571,80316Paramount
16The Grace Card$99,600-2%1140$874$2,295,7335IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17The Rite$75,240-31%155-47$485$32,982,4119Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Mechanic$48,376-13%1001$484$29,074,6689CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$969,993108%9064$10,778$1,885,5263Focus
2Win Win$464,420209%2318$20,192$672,3362Fox Searchlight
3Certified Copy$191,82845%4825$3,996$490,4713IFC Films
4Hubble 3D$154,5282%472$3,288$23,443,85954Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Kill the Irishman$153,4149%4120$3,742$538,0603Anchor Bay Films
6Potiche$86,017--7--$12,288$86,0171Music Box Films
7Under the Sea 3D$83,743-1%221$3,807$27,811,765111Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$80,88513%140$5,778$1,860,457463D Entertainment
9Biutiful$73,634-20%66-23$1,116$4,824,90113Roadside Attractions
10TRON: Legacy$70,775-31%79-25$896$171,891,00015Disney
11Miral$66,244--4--$16,561$66,2441Weinstein Company
12Bill Cunningham New York$65,35894%32$21,786$148,4842Zeitgeist Films
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$58,805-12%85-9$692$294,915,21419Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$51,9471%72-10$721$104,299,42116Fox
15The Last Lions$51,299-25%44-2$1,166$525,6526National Geographic
16The Music Never Stopped$48,667-36%331$1,475$150,5152Roadside Attractions
17I Am (2011)$48,25012%153$3,217$250,1946Paladin
18The Eagle$45,848-1%975$473$19,434,5967Focus
19Take Me Home Tonight$43,652-68%89-192$490$6,817,0814Relativity Media
20The Salvation Poem$43,054--11--$3,914$644,72424CanZion Films
21The Company Men$43,03230%48-10$897$4,271,27810Weinstein Company
22From Prada to Nada$41,551412%292$1,433$3,016,2449Lionsgate / Pantelion
23The Illusionist (2010)$36,431-27%49-9$743$2,124,96314Sony Pictures Classics
24Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$32,083-20%242$1,337$444,9816Vitagraph
25Blue Valentine (2010)$31,742-8%441$721$9,629,25513Weinstein Company
26Another Year$29,189-22%36-12$811$3,126,71013Sony Pictures Classics
27Drive Angry$27,549-30%72-23$383$10,558,2255Summit
28Winter in Wartime$26,15175%85$3,269$49,0712Sony Pictures Classics
29Space Station 3D$23,803-20%2-1$11,902$83,153,220467IMAX
30Poetry$20,98713%134$1,614$212,1537Kino International
31happythankyoumoreplease$20,92312%164$1,308$168,6664Anchor Bay Films
32My Perestroika$17,680--1--$17,680$25,0841International Film Circuit
33Inside Job$17,524-30%22-8$797$4,266,25925Sony Pictures Classics
34Gulliver's Travels (2010)$17,47413%34-9$514$42,732,11914Fox
35Mia and the Migoo$16,975--1--$16,975$16,9751GKIDS
36I Saw the Devil$15,762-9%121$1,314$83,8854Magnolia / Magnet
37Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$13,709-8%40$3,427$115,2444Strand Releasing
38Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$12,079--6--$2,013$74,71128Collective Eye
39Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$10,602-59%12-1$884$193,90312First Run Features
40Desert Flower$10,59438%63$1,766$22,2742National Geographic
41I Love You Phillip Morris$10,480-21%9-2$1,164$2,014,18117Roadside Attractions
42Rabbit Hole$10,338-3%290$356$2,203,98015Lionsgate
43Made in Dagenham$9,428-25%12-4$786$1,083,52019Sony Pictures Classics
44Nostalgia for the Light$9,286-13%21$4,643$44,5752Icarus Films
45127 Hours$8,103-53%18-14$450$18,300,91721Fox Searchlight
46Casino Jack$7,740-21%8-11$968$1,030,00415IDP/ATO Pictures
47Cold Weather$6,9809%101$698$119,2418IFC Films
48Carancho$6,773389%31$2,258$51,6887Strand Releasing
49Peep World$6,702--3--$2,234$6,7021IFC Films
50Kaboom$6,63368%127$553$109,3009IFC Films
51The Human Resources Manager$6,00846%50$1,202$46,3404Film Movement
52The Housemaid (Hanyo)$5,760-30%7-5$823$148,50110IFC Films
53The Butcher, The Chef, and The Swordsman$5,698-76%10-27$570$42,9162China Lion Film
54Orgasm Inc.$5,4541749%21$2,727$31,8407First Run Features
55Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$5,001-45%12-4$417$1,343,8747Shorts International
56A Somewhat Gentle Man$4,84792%31$1,616$32,56711Strand Releasing
57Galapagos$4,72413%20$2,362$17,930,278596IMAX
58All Good Things$4,088-35%60$681$573,96617Magnolia Pictures
59Monogamy$3,760-27%4-1$940$17,7363Oscilloscope
60Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$2,972-39%2-1$1,486$17,3553Indican Pictures
61Heartbeats$2,959-36%3-2$986$48,3855IFC Films
62Clash (Bay Rong)$2,581-56%40$645$26,5153Variance Films
63Black Death$2,176-38%3-2$725$17,6353Magnolia / Magnet
64Into Eternity$1,858-43%3-3$619$23,2758International Film Circuit
65Putty Hill$1,812-33%1-1$1,812$37,4276Cinema Guild
66My Dog Tulip$1,540-49%30$513$230,74730New Yorker Films
67Marwencol$1,39848%32$466$111,14525Cinema Guild
68Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,383-74%2-3$692$85,2227Phase 4 Films
69Korkoro$1,224--1--$1,224$1,2241Lorber Films
70Kings of Pastry$1,223136%10$1,223$323,30928First Run
71The Little Traitor$1,119255%21$560$394,58368Westchester Films
72Elektra Luxx$1,11287%10$1,112$10,8223IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
73The Strange Case of Angelica$975--1--$975$41,84813Cinema Guild
74Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$819-94%41$205$42,12411Kino International
75Making The Boys$723-78%2-1$362$16,9183First Run Features
76Enemies of the People$490--1--$490$72,34535International Film Circuit
77Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$465--1--$465$41,59120Film Desk
78Illegal$404--1--$404$4041Film Movement
79Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$386-81%2-2$193$191,3919Variance Films
80Cracks$347-96%1-5$347$16,3492IFC Films
81Plastic Planet$27697%10$276$3,13611First Run Features
82The Trouble with Terkel$250-86%10$250$33,42453Indican
83Winter's Bone$202-79%1-3$202$6,530,70842Roadside Attractions
84The Woodmans$82--1--$82$33,96510Lorber Films