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, Jun. 17 - Sun, Jun. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern (2011)$53,174,303--3,816--$13,935$53,174,3031Warner Bros.
2Super 8$21,472,020-39%3,40829$6,300$73,002,8092Paramount
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$18,445,355--3,339--$5,524$18,445,3551Fox
4X-Men: First Class$11,933,524-51%3,375-317$3,536$120,358,0863Fox
5The Hangover Part II$10,071,339-43%3,460-215$2,911$233,110,6174Warner Bros.
6Kung Fu Panda 2$9,027,671-45%3,469-460$2,602$143,670,4684Paramount / DreamWorks
7Bridesmaids$7,097,735-29%2,573-349$2,759$136,450,7256Universal
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$6,646,249-39%2,742-691$2,424$220,746,5025Disney
9Midnight in Paris$4,884,800-16%1,03894$4,706$21,446,6145Sony Pictures Classics
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$2,103,465-65%2,5240$833$11,029,3072Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$1,163,92341%11568$10,121$3,900,3554Fox Searchlight
2Thor$1,145,076-53%875-907$1,309$176,111,0787Paramount
3Fast Five$872,160-50%729-600$1,196$206,816,8808Universal
4The Art of Getting By$679,160--610--$1,113$679,1601Fox Searchlight
5Rio (2011)$517,653-23%408-119$1,269$138,725,04410Fox
6Water for Elephants$305,177-36%351-115$869$57,192,1699Fox
7Soul Surfer$243,234-18%264-53$921$42,638,64611Sony / TriStar
8Cave of Forgotten Dreams$241,045-8%116-7$2,078$4,138,0168IFC Films
9Jumping the Broom$210,757-54%211-154$999$37,101,0647Sony / TriStar
10Something Borrowed$202,630-56%212-154$956$38,077,6847Warner Bros.
11The Lincoln Lawyer$199,237135%220119$906$57,373,86114Lionsgate
12Rango$148,063-16%188-32$788$122,751,08116Paramount
13Source Code$120,997-30%161-87$752$54,388,84912Summit
14Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$95,714-20%162-20$591$9,847,9388Weinstein Company
15Limitless$73,990-32%117-49$632$79,077,83414Relativity Media
16African Cats$58,400249%12182$483$14,983,3159Disneynature

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gerry (2011)$367,635--95--$3,870$464,7461Entertainment One Films
2Beginners$354,94846%4425$8,067$909,1243Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$219,8337%470$4,677$7,240,52911Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Trip (2011)$176,365126%3024$5,879$289,8882IFC Films
5Hubble 3D$115,90424%36-2$3,220$26,217,94066Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Insidious$90,233-34%98-36$921$53,399,44512FilmDistrict
7Incendies$88,127-33%66-19$1,335$1,535,8729Sony Pictures Classics
8Jig$70,432--5--$14,086$70,4321Screen Media Films
9Buck$67,548--4--$16,887$67,5481IFC Films
10Ready$65,860-65%970$679$910,4463Eros International
11Hanna$58,563-41%91-56$644$40,122,69211Focus
12Submarine$58,2914%2811$2,082$207,6523Weinstein Company
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$52,40622%110$4,764$3,122,203583D Entertainment
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$49,923-33%90-27$555$52,563,99113Fox
15The Double Hour$47,225-46%39-14$1,211$1,165,24810IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
16Jane Eyre (2011)$45,694-27%68-22$672$11,100,68915Focus
17Bride Flight$45,109-17%245$1,880$125,6532Music Box Films
18Priest (2011)$44,742-61%71-98$630$29,136,6266Sony / Screen Gems
19Win Win$44,418-42%67-33$663$10,078,13914Fox Searchlight
20Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$44,058-42%71-41$621$52,848,3429Lionsgate
21Under the Sea 3D$39,674-2%16-3$2,480$28,824,159123Warner Bros. / IMAX
2213 Assassins$38,4070%315$1,239$672,5388Magnolia / Magnet
23Prom$33,531-56%72-69$466$10,106,2338Disney
24Everything Must Go$29,039-56%55-32$528$2,598,7766Roadside Attractions
25Page One: Inside the New York Times$28,911--2--$14,456$28,9111Magnolia Pictures
26Meek's Cutoff$27,354-35%30-11$912$843,67911Oscilloscope
27Bill Cunningham New York$24,407-11%190$1,285$1,301,35014Zeitgeist Films
28The Conspirator$24,148-46%44-22$549$11,460,30710Roadside Attractions
29The Last Mountain$20,39377%74$2,913$64,5433Dada Films
30I Am (2011)$17,465-16%360$485$1,529,23618Paladin
31Mars Needs Moms$15,923-29%24-29$663$21,379,31515Disney
32Beautiful Boy$15,725181%84$1,966$49,0323Anchor Bay Films
33Scream 4$14,104-62%39-41$362$38,160,37710Weinstein Company
34Gnomeo and Juliet$14,043-38%23-20$611$99,808,60919Disney
35Trollhunter$13,302138%54$2,660$21,4672Magnolia / Magnet
36City of Life and Death$13,23270%52$2,646$51,5446Kino International
37The Beaver$12,425-21%23-23$540$935,4887Summit
38The First Grader$12,257-53%15-15$817$300,3876National Geographic
39In a Better World$10,420-63%24-9$434$851,44412Sony Pictures Classics
40Winter in Wartime$10,34618%14-2$739$502,46814Sony Pictures Classics
41L'Amour fou$9,964-26%14-2$712$280,0046IFC Films
42Queen to Play$9,56840%93$1,063$332,15412Zeitgeist Films
43Potiche$8,251-34%8-8$1,031$1,589,54813Music Box Films
44Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$7,78466%106$778$198,80040Collective Eye
45My Perestroika$7,31937%8-1$915$222,46713International Film Circuit
46Hobo with a Shotgun$7,236-38%14-1$517$657,7527Magnolia / Magnet
47Of Gods and Men$7,043-57%17-9$414$3,936,99917Sony Pictures Classics
48Road to Nowhere$6,051140%74$864$13,1082Monterey Media
49The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$4,329-38%3-1$1,443$131,47612Lorber Films
50WAR: Women Art Revolution$3,985212%42$996$25,3463Zeitgeist Films
51The Princess of Montpensier$3,856-60%6-5$643$334,10510IFC Films
52The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$3,688175%9-1$410$616,0609Sony Pictures Classics
53Viva Riva!$3,672-64%30$1,224$19,4952Music Box Films
5435 and Ticking$3,344-50%10$3,344$72,7785Image Entertainment
55Rejoice and Shout$3,145-63%2-4$1,573$28,8523Magnolia Pictures
56Last Night (2010)$3,131--4--$783$102,1177Miramax / Tribeca
57Hesher$2,741-26%30$914$364,6776Wrekin Hill Entertainment
58Blank City$2,463-41%2-1$1,232$104,58511Insurgent Releasing
59Small Town Murder Songs$2,425-34%3-3$808$14,3244Monterey Media
60Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$2,320-30%2-2$1,160$24,6966First Run Features
61Into Eternity$2,030152%20$1,015$51,41720International Film Circuit
62How To Live Forever$1,828-34%1-1$1,828$30,0146Variance Films
63Circo$1,696462%20$848$66,33412First Run Features
64Kill the Irishman$1,573-54%2-3$787$1,185,25315Anchor Bay Films
65Barney's Version$1,294-69%3-2$431$7,501,40423Sony Pictures Classics
66Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,26050%21$630$174,32416Strand Releasing
67Film Socialisme$1,099-76%1-2$1,099$20,4683Lorber Films
68Korkoro$920--2--$460$7,22513Lorber Films
69The Robber$793-79%2-1$397$68,7988Kino International
70Making The Boys$619-46%10$619$30,95115First Run Features
71The Music Never Stopped$272-49%31$91$248,99014Roadside Attractions
72Orgasm Inc.$155--1--$155$49,00119First Run Features
73The Arbor$55--1--$55$13,2308Strand Releasing
74Space Station 3D$40--2--$20$83,709,033479IMAX