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, Aug. 5 - Sun, Aug. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$54,806,191--3,648--$15,024$54,806,1911Fox
2The Smurfs$20,702,415-42%3,3950$6,098$75,904,2462Sony / Columbia
3Cowboys & Aliens$15,729,455-57%3,7544$4,190$67,349,5202Universal
4The Change-Up$13,531,115--2,913--$4,645$13,531,1151Universal
5Captain America: The First Avenger$13,021,922-49%3,620-95$3,597$143,203,9673Paramount
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$12,445,031-43%3,175-970$3,920$343,086,0454Warner Bros.
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$12,017,146-37%3,0200$3,979$42,102,2522Warner Bros.
8Friends With Benefits$4,687,883-49%2,398-528$1,955$48,526,2873Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$4,583,252-36%2,025-485$2,263$105,125,4155Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,086,145-49%1,854-750$1,665$344,244,4866Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$2,168,776-50%1,724-694$1,258$73,613,5405Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$1,222,836-48%926-837$1,321$184,807,3307Disney
2Midnight in Paris$981,867-15%399-72$2,461$48,486,54112Sony Pictures Classics
3Winnie the Pooh$806,782-55%716-916$1,127$24,440,6284Disney
4Bridesmaids$555,400-35%374-110$1,485$166,499,06513Universal
5Kung Fu Panda 2$500,339-24%290-29$1,725$162,695,95711Paramount / DreamWorks
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$448,837119%274108$1,638$239,048,69812Disney
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$407,111-13%327-85$1,245$65,426,9698Fox
8X-Men: First Class$369,56829%236-18$1,566$145,292,35110Fox
9Bad Teacher$341,825-59%350-415$977$97,513,9677Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part II$293,159-27%303-43$968$253,589,16311Warner Bros.
11The Tree of Life$254,955-23%170-26$1,500$12,158,11911Fox Searchlight
12Buck$190,3566%12615$1,511$3,309,0098IFC Films
13Beginners$183,659-21%126-21$1,458$5,344,57810Focus
14Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$182,337-48%1000$1,823$2,855,6734Eros International
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$177,931-3%11623$1,534$1,015,4704Fox Searchlight
16Super 8$170,049-44%174-151$977$125,316,7999Paramount
17Larry Crowne$161,445-39%229-106$705$35,398,4856Universal
18Rio (2011)$138,837-25%139-35$999$143,323,28117Fox
19Monte Carlo$128,574-5%141-27$912$22,516,0996Fox
20Green Lantern (2011)$110,292-40%108-27$1,021$114,570,3848Warner Bros.
21Thor$109,104-47%141-49$774$180,825,65114Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$547,88349%6734$8,177$1,279,8913Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$228,420-7%490$4,662$10,798,27218Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$198,436106%3328$6,013$342,1512Lionsgate
4The Guard$192,336150%1915$10,123$307,5092Sony Pictures Classics
5Another Earth$170,55856%5535$3,101$452,7793Fox Searchlight
6The Trip (2011)$123,04024%605$2,051$1,596,6689IFC Films
7Le Sens de l'humour$111,893-31%61-8$1,834$2,875,5075Alliance Films
8Hubble 3D$110,399-6%324$3,450$27,916,55973Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$89,577-29%16-2$5,599$309,6492Viva Entertainment
10The Future$85,841216%1817$4,769$128,1422Roadside Attractions
11Attack the Block$77,741-44%80$9,718$295,8312Sony / Screen Gems
12Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$77,477-34%38-5$2,039$941,2865Sony Pictures Classics
13The Whistleblower$61,002--7--$8,715$61,0021IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Fast Five$58,055-58%86-39$675$209,805,00515Universal
15Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$50,83943%80$6,355$268,9735International Film Circuit
16Point Blank$47,55016%93$5,283$109,6772Magnolia / Magnet
17Tabloid$45,813-38%27-10$1,697$478,3134IFC Films
18Under the Sea 3D$45,656-14%141$3,261$29,484,993130Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$44,0185%111$4,002$3,835,352653D Entertainment
20A Better Life$40,980-47%74-34$554$1,664,3397Summit
21Page One: Inside the New York Times$40,055-33%43-9$932$957,2198Magnolia Pictures
22Gun Hill Road$37,963--3--$12,654$37,9631Motion Film Group
23Life in a Day$35,839-21%198$1,886$152,2312National Geographic
24Cave of Forgotten Dreams$35,189-1%28-4$1,257$5,164,55315IFC Films
25Terri$34,203-13%17-7$2,012$505,4476IDP/ATO Pictures
26Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$28,103-56%88-73$319$14,959,1599Relativity Media
27Project Nim$23,500-26%210$1,119$270,1235Roadside Attractions
28Bellflower$22,279--2--$11,140$22,2791Oscilloscope
29Turtle: The Incredible Journey$22,17084%158$1,478$311,4547Hannover House
30Incendies$19,287-5%15-7$1,286$6,779,97516Sony Pictures Classics
31Bride Flight$18,452-26%190$971$430,3859Music Box Films
32Passione: A Musical Adventure$16,18853%52$3,238$158,8217Abramorama
33Water for Elephants$15,428-38%24-17$643$58,700,24716Fox
34Magic Trip$14,367--4--$3,592$14,3671Magnolia Pictures
35The Double Hour$13,439-25%16-1$840$1,480,97717IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
36Mysteries of Lisbon$12,308--2--$6,154$12,3081Music Box Films
37El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$12,149-5%10$12,149$44,1722Alive Mind Cinema
38Insidious$11,840-41%26-15$455$53,966,56919FilmDistrict
3935 and Ticking$11,2391868%53$2,248$106,33912Image Entertainment
40In a Better World$9,922-14%12-3$827$979,49419Sony Pictures Classics
41Life, Above All$8,67388%127$723$66,9614Sony Pictures Classics
42The Myth of the American Sleepover$8,58711%31$2,862$32,6053IFC Films
43Jig$8,420--4--$2,105$147,9598Screen Media Films
44Gerry (2011)$7,585--5--$1,517$1,955,1198Entertainment One Films
45Trollhunter$7,409-2%164$463$217,7189Magnolia / Magnet
46The Perfect Host$5,306117%51$1,061$32,4976Magnolia Pictures
47Queen to Play$4,858-30%5-1$972$468,92019Zeitgeist Films
48Salvation Boulevard$4,823197%31$1,608$22,3954IFC Films
49The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$4,78629%30$1,595$55,8797Rialto Pictures
50Delhi Belly$4,567-51%6-1$761$1,531,7576UTV Communications
51Meek's Cutoff$4,224-53%4-3$1,056$970,10318Oscilloscope
52Singham$3,937-94%9-30$437$345,1253Reliance Big Pictures
53The Interrupters$3,557-55%21$1,779$16,0842Cinema Guild
54Bill Cunningham New York$3,421-34%4-1$855$1,459,80721Zeitgeist Films
55The Last Mountain$3,296276%31$1,099$115,97710Dada Films
56Everything Must Go$3,133-3%80$392$2,699,83113Roadside Attractions
57Protektor$2,968--2--$1,484$2,9681Film Movement
58Submarine$2,822-73%10-9$282$459,23510Weinstein Company
59Rejoice and Shout$2,668198%52$534$92,47010Magnolia Pictures
60Poetry$2,064--1--$2,064$353,71426Kino International
61Pianomania$1,923469%21$962$17,41311First Run Features
62Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$1,832--3--$611$258,1237Abramorama
63Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,822295%32$607$20,01913Strand Releasing
64The Robber$1,70613%10$1,706$77,31015Kino International
65If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$1,62721%41$407$55,7317Oscilloscope
6613 Assassins$1,555-35%4-3$389$794,69815Magnolia / Magnet
67Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,376130%10$1,376$183,60523Strand Releasing
68Road to Nowhere$1,26926%1-1$1,269$37,0079Monterey Media
69The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$1,235-71%3-6$412$636,92816Sony Pictures Classics
70City of Life and Death$1,217--2--$609$99,07013Kino International
71The Arbor$1,214498%21$607$18,68515Strand Releasing
72The Salvation Poem$1,177-76%2-11$589$913,61743CanZion Films
73Trigun: Badlands Rumble$1,058--1--$1,058$55,6285Eleven Arts
74Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$896--1--$896$47,74130Kino International
75Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$724-26%20$362$233,83847Collective Eye
76Hobo with a Shotgun$717-67%3-1$239$703,00214Magnolia / Magnet
77The Tree$498-76%2-1$249$20,1154Zeitgeist Films
78Good Neighbors$459-84%2-1$230$5,2382Magnolia Pictures
79Rapt$407-67%10$407$30,6885Lorber Films
80Into Eternity$300--1--$300$55,03727International Film Circuit
81Small Town Murder Songs$253--1--$253$30,19711Monterey Media
82The Conspirator$234-54%2-1$117$11,531,99717Roadside Attractions
83The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$214-88%10$214$25,93013Argot Pictures
84The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$124-57%10$124$150,29919Lorber Films