'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, Apr. 8 - Sun, Apr. 10

Wide (1000+)

3Arthur (2011)$12,222,756--3,276--$3,731$12,222,7561Warner Bros.
4Soul Surfer$10,601,862--2,214--$4,789$10,601,8621Sony / TriStar
6Your Highness$9,360,020--2,769--$3,380$9,360,0201Universal
7Source Code$8,650,238-42%2,97110$2,912$28,218,8712Summit
8Limitless$5,461,378-41%2,655-183$2,057$64,149,6084Relativity Media
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,770,987-52%2,881-288$1,656$45,348,2473Fox
10The Lincoln Lawyer$4,281,598-37%2,420-287$1,769$46,136,4084Lionsgate
12Sucker Punch$2,102,082-65%1,755-1278$1,198$33,973,7363Warner Bros.
14Battle: Los Angeles$1,528,411-57%1,408-855$1,086$81,228,7885Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Jane Eyre (2011)$1,157,935-5%24767$4,688$5,146,6955Focus
2Win Win$1,150,1801%22677$5,089$3,434,8254Fox Searchlight
3The Adjustment Bureau$876,960-59%783-742$1,120$60,108,6606Universal
4Born to Be Wild 3D$871,478--206--$4,230$871,4781Warner Bros. / IMAX
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$588,938--226--$2,606$588,9381Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Red Riding Hood$511,380-71%777-1011$658$36,678,7505Warner Bros.
7The King's Speech$502,565-56%675-332$745$137,538,27520Weinstein Company
8Unknown (2011)$275,98621%36540$756$63,097,5308Warner Bros.
9Beastly$271,363-67%339-482$800$27,328,3066CBS Films
10Hall Pass$267,074-65%366-337$730$44,302,0647Warner Bros. / New Line
11Just Go With It$265,288-58%320-277$829$101,917,2679Sony / Columbia
13Gnomeo and Juliet$211,676-51%284-451$745$97,287,5639Disney
14True Grit (2010)$209,559-29%263-61$797$170,760,87416Paramount
15Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$152,529-24%184-66$829$37,499,0008Fox
16Mars Needs Moms$118,328-66%226-475$524$20,676,0065Disney
17The Green Hornet$102,395-33%161-50$636$98,695,08913Sony / Columbia
18I Am Number Four$99,193-50%145-125$684$54,048,5748Disney / DreamWorks
19Cedar Rapids$95,839-54%118-92$812$6,659,2629Fox Searchlight
20Drive Angry$59,256288%126104$470$10,655,7997Summit
21Black Swan$51,033-52%103-59$495$106,882,29019Fox Searchlight
22Take Me Home Tonight$37,321164%10250$366$6,898,4836Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Thank You$247,760--92--$2,693$247,7601UTV Communications
2Of Gods and Men$181,451-17%96-2$1,890$2,749,0937Sony Pictures Classics
3Potiche$138,75724%5531$2,523$421,8443Music Box Films
4Certified Copy$110,412-24%572$1,937$866,8725IFC Films
5Hubble 3D$95,986-28%41-4$2,341$23,980,81256Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Bill Cunningham New York$87,50527%183$4,861$417,5764Zeitgeist Films
7Kill the Irishman$85,711-24%52-4$1,648$840,4375Anchor Bay Films
8Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$57,576-31%13-1$4,429$2,105,842483D Entertainment
9Miral$55,140-25%2914$1,901$247,1983Weinstein Company
10In a Better World$44,85836%128$3,738$92,1902Sony Pictures Classics
11Barney's Version$43,148-53%67-45$644$7,337,99813Sony Pictures Classics
12Winter in Wartime$38,358105%2414$1,598$126,8724Sony Pictures Classics
13I Am (2011)$38,07011%185$2,115$362,7038Paladin
14Biutiful$37,914-12%38-20$998$4,696,16415Roadside Attractions
15Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$34,669-37%69-44$502$72,742,1379Paramount
16Super$29,000-38%154$1,933$92,1452IFC Films
17Under the Sea 3D$28,517-49%19-3$1,501$28,009,542113Warner Bros. / IMAX
18TRON: Legacy$28,516-49%29-34$983$172,051,78717Disney
19Queen to Play$23,858-15%60$3,976$65,6662Zeitgeist Films
20The Company Men$22,073-27%32-13$690$4,357,35512Weinstein Company
21Trust (2011)$20,218-65%20-8$1,011$104,4042Millennium Entertainment
22Meek's Cutoff$20,042--2--$10,021$20,0421Oscilloscope
23The Last Godfather$19,898-80%20-38$995$156,0782Roadside Attractions
24The Grace Card$19,087-58%39-22$489$2,411,8567IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25The 5th Quarter$17,864--31--$576$399,6113Rocky Mountain
26Game$16,966-80%630$269$127,7592Eros International
27The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$16,491-47%32-28$515$104,383,62418Fox
28The Illusionist (2010)$14,540-34%320$454$2,189,69916Sony Pictures Classics
29Blank City$13,989--1--$13,989$21,4121Insurgent Releasing
30The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$13,678-16%10$13,678$43,2012Lorber Films
31My Perestroika$12,997-4%21$6,499$69,2853International Film Circuit
32Poetry$12,74921%153$850$254,0949Kino International
33Gulliver's Travels (2010)$12,380-7%18-8$688$42,776,25916Fox
34Another Year$9,208-45%16-8$576$3,180,46315Sony Pictures Classics
35Blue Valentine (2010)$8,735-54%19-20$460$9,690,53415Weinstein Company
36Henry's Crime$8,726--2--$4,363$8,7261Moving Pictures Film & Television
37Rubber$7,607-53%50$1,521$32,9402Magnolia / Magnet
38The Music Never Stopped$7,499-75%14-14$536$218,5764Roadside Attractions
39Meet Monica Velour$7,438--2--$3,719$7,4381Anchor Bay Films
40happythankyoumoreplease$7,129-51%9-3$792$206,4006Anchor Bay Films
41Ceremony$6,920--3--$2,307$6,9201Magnolia Pictures
42The Last Lions$6,680-70%18-18$371$593,3438National Geographic
43The Salvation Poem$6,287-87%10-20$629$725,25526CanZion Films
44Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$6,03999%52$1,208$91,22930Collective Eye
45American: The Bill Hicks Story$5,872--1--$5,872$5,8721Variance Films
46127 Hours$5,320-32%12-6$443$18,329,46623Fox Searchlight
47I Love You Phillip Morris$4,713-41%7-5$673$2,035,60719Roadside Attractions
48Cold Weather$4,504-28%8-2$563$134,58510IFC Films
49Inside Job$3,944-54%15-3$263$4,293,31227Sony Pictures Classics
50Circo$3,875-28%10$3,875$12,3962First Run Features
51Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$3,766-39%7-4$538$218,20414First Run Features
52Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$3,18131%3-1$1,060$198,85011Variance Films
53Heartbeats$3,1302%90$348$55,0027IFC Films
54Into Eternity$3,111103%64$519$29,66810International Film Circuit
55Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$2,802-14%4-1$701$131,4726Strand Releasing
56To Die Like a Man$2,346--1--$2,346$2,3461Strand Releasing
57Black Death$2,15227%53$430$22,0455Magnolia / Magnet
58Wrecked$1,974-4%10$1,974$4,8212IFC Films
59Desert Flower$1,944-77%3-5$648$41,7574National Geographic
60Kings of Pastry$1,595--3--$532$325,17530First Run
61I Saw the Devil$1,367-83%4-11$342$117,3576Magnolia / Magnet
62Peep World$1,156--5--$231$10,9083IFC Films
63Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$1,155-45%3-1$385$1,350,6409Shorts International
64Putty Hill$1,124-21%21$562$41,2888Cinema Guild
65Made in Dagenham$1,052-74%50$210$1,094,79821Sony Pictures Classics
66Kaboom$848-65%4-6$212$116,47811IFC Films
67Public Speaking$615-39%10$615$42,9867Rialto
68My Dog Tulip$566-60%1-1$566$235,67632New Yorker Films
69Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$564--1--$564$56,58843The Film Desk
70Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$533-85%10$533$45,68722Film Desk
71The Strange Case of Angelica$530116%21$265$43,06915Cinema Guild
72A Somewhat Gentle Man$431--1--$431$34,77513Strand Releasing
73Carancho$400-92%1-3$400$61,9739Strand Releasing
74Korkoro$3767%10$376$3,1123Lorber Films
75Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$359--1--$359$42,61113Kino International
76Winter's Bone$260-17%2-1$130$6,531,28144Roadside Attractions
77Bhutto$162--1--$162$98,94219First Run Features
78Marwencol$40--1--$40$111,53027Cinema Guild