'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. 12 - Sun, Aug. 14

Wide (1000+)

1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$27,832,307-49%3,69143$7,541$105,208,2262Fox
2The Help$26,044,590--2,534--$10,278$35,918,4161Disney / DreamWorks
3Final Destination 5$18,031,396--3,155--$5,715$18,031,3961Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Smurfs$13,733,081-34%3,42732$4,007$101,778,7413Sony / Columbia
530 Minutes or Less$13,330,118--2,888--$4,616$13,330,1181Sony / Columbia
6Cowboys & Aliens$7,811,305-50%3,310-444$2,360$81,674,0153Universal
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$7,251,414-42%2,414-761$3,004$357,337,3555Warner Bros.
8Captain America: The First Avenger$7,210,902-45%2,835-785$2,544$156,971,1084Paramount
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$7,054,228-41%2,635-385$2,677$55,526,5243Warner Bros.
10The Change-Up$6,306,645-53%2,9130$2,165$25,838,8502Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$5,961,231--2,040--$2,922$5,961,2311Fox
12Horrible Bosses$2,438,498-47%1,338-687$1,822$110,003,1446Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$1,846,455-61%1,294-1104$1,427$53,079,3374Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,384,632-55%886-968$1,563$347,268,8007Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$1,003,255-54%748-976$1,341$75,800,6906Sony / Columbia
3Midnight in Paris$703,277-28%328-71$2,144$49,664,59813Sony Pictures Classics
4Cars 2$659,901-46%494-432$1,336$186,196,5578Disney
5Sarah's Key$486,096-11%10134$4,813$2,024,0254Weinstein Company
6Green Lantern (2011)$405,943268%242134$1,677$115,037,1449Warner Bros.
7Winnie the Pooh$387,446-52%409-307$947$25,295,5105Disney
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$386,856-5%294-33$1,316$66,094,2919Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$351,096-30%252-38$1,393$163,433,62712Paramount / DreamWorks
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$329,678-27%254-20$1,298$239,679,52013Disney
12Bad Teacher$203,827-40%149-201$1,368$97,901,4218Sony / Columbia
13X-Men: First Class$187,809-49%183-53$1,026$145,688,54611Fox
14The Hangover Part II$181,664-38%232-71$783$253,941,29212Warner Bros.
15The Tree of Life$158,988-38%118-52$1,347$12,472,58512Fox Searchlight
16Super 8$108,276-36%108-66$1,003$125,520,06110Paramount
17Buck$108,232-43%101-25$1,072$3,537,7419IFC Films
19Larry Crowne$92,960-42%166-63$560$35,565,9757Universal
20Monte Carlo$87,412-32%124-17$705$22,689,4887Fox
21Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$82,058-54%104-12$789$1,195,8675Fox Searchlight
22Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$71,398-61%1000$714$2,987,5775Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Aarakshan$342,801--91--$3,767$342,8011Reliance Big Pictures
2The Guard$282,67847%4728$6,014$670,0823Sony Pictures Classics
3The Devil's Double$260,26331%8956$2,924$698,7943Lionsgate
4Born to Be Wild 3D$225,317-1%490$4,598$11,310,34519Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sur le Rythme$180,524--73--$2,473$335,0331Entertainment One Films
6Another Earth$164,418-4%8227$2,005$699,0594Fox Searchlight
7Hubble 3D$117,7987%29-3$4,062$28,149,71774Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Whistleblower$115,39589%2215$5,245$202,7762IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Attack the Block$107,95139%4032$2,699$454,0873Sony / Screen Gems
10The Trip (2011)$79,421-35%55-5$1,444$1,732,78610IFC Films
11Senna$73,497--2--$36,749$73,4971Producers Distribution Agency
12Rio (2011)$69,607-50%99-40$703$143,478,28018Fox
13Le Sens de l'humour$66,538-41%41-20$1,623$3,062,1166Alliance Films
14Point Blank$66,20039%2112$3,152$196,4143Magnolia / Magnet
15The Future$63,695-26%202$3,185$234,5523Roadside Attractions
16Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$55,356-29%35-3$1,582$1,039,4426Sony Pictures Classics
18Jihne Mera Dil Luteya$47,197-47%14-2$3,371$405,9793Viva Entertainment
19Under the Sea 3D$42,272-7%11-3$3,843$29,577,515131Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$40,776-20%179$2,399$334,4436International Film Circuit
21Tabloid$36,963-19%314$1,192$539,2355IFC Films
22Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$33,940-23%10-1$3,394$3,915,580663D Entertainment
24Gun Hill Road$23,382-38%107$2,338$75,4092Motion Film Group
25Project Nim$23,033-2%18-3$1,280$307,6216Roadside Attractions
26Page One: Inside the New York Times$22,718-43%23-20$988$1,000,2379Magnolia Pictures
27Terri$20,053-41%214$955$540,4117IDP/ATO Pictures
28Space Station 3D$19,832--2--$9,916$84,155,490487IMAX
29Cave of Forgotten Dreams$18,418-48%15-13$1,228$5,205,66516IFC Films
30Turtle: The Incredible Journey$17,713-20%12-3$1,476$336,6458Hannover House
31A Better Life$17,428-57%51-23$342$1,697,9738Summit
32Magic Trip$17,18420%73$2,455$40,7982Magnolia Pictures
33The Names of Love$16,711--9--$1,857$274,4218Music Box Films
34Life in a Day$16,265-55%17-2$957$191,7173National Geographic
35The Interrupters$14,355304%20$7,178$33,1203Cinema Guild
36Mysteries of Lisbon$12,9045%20$6,452$35,5492Music Box Films
37Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$12,858-54%55-33$234$15,000,99410Relativity Media
39In a Better World$12,46126%153$831$999,04620Sony Pictures Classics
40Passione: A Musical Adventure$11,576-28%50$2,315$180,2588Abramorama
41Incendies$10,315-47%11-4$938$6,798,89017Sony Pictures Classics
42Bride Flight$8,919-52%12-7$743$446,44810Music Box Films
43Trollhunter$8,55916%14-2$611$234,15810Magnolia / Magnet
44The Double Hour$7,355-45%12-4$613$1,497,07118IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
45Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$7,272--1--$7,272$11,3051Lorber Films
46El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$6,346-48%10$6,346$59,1533Alive Mind Cinema
48Queen to Play$4,050-17%4-1$1,013$474,48820Zeitgeist Films
4935 and Ticking$3,782-66%50$756$113,88813Image Entertainment
50The Last Mountain$3,5167%52$703$120,10711Dada Films
51The Tree$3,433589%64$572$24,1305Zeitgeist Films
52Submarine$3,19613%7-3$457$466,70211Weinstein Company
53The Perfect Host$3,181-40%61$530$38,0417Magnolia Pictures
54Gerry (2011)$2,944-61%3-2$981$1,962,8889Entertainment One Films
55If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$2,85275%2-2$1,426$58,9578Oscilloscope
5613 Assassins$2,80480%2-2$1,402$799,05116Magnolia / Magnet
57Life, Above All$2,712-69%4-8$678$74,7355Sony Pictures Classics
58The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$2,631-45%2-1$1,316$59,9048Rialto Pictures
59Bill Cunningham New York$2,347-31%40$587$1,468,29522Zeitgeist Films
60Meek's Cutoff$2,197-48%40$549$975,77019Oscilloscope
61The Myth of the American Sleepover$1,974-77%1-2$1,974$37,2664IFC Films
62Rapt$1,901367%21$951$32,7196Lorber Films
63Salvation Boulevard$1,617-66%41$404$25,1065IFC Films
64City of Life and Death$1,56529%31$522$101,56914Kino International
65Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$1,525-17%30$508$260,5278Abramorama
66Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,27776%31$426$236,60748Collective Eye
67Rejoice and Shout$1,255-53%4-1$314$95,05811Magnolia Pictures
68Everything Must Go$1,191-62%3-5$397$2,702,54214Roadside Attractions
69Trigun: Badlands Rumble$1,1155%10$1,115$56,7436Eleven Arts
70Good Neighbors$1,088137%31$363$6,8053Magnolia Pictures
71Octubre$1,058--1--$1,058$21,54315New Yorker Films
72Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,050--1--$1,050$31,13514First Run Features
733D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$903--1--$903$9031China Lion Film
74My Dog Tulip$835--1--$835$246,57450New Yorker Films
75The Conspirator$812247%20$406$11,533,40918Roadside Attractions
76Tuesday, After Christmas$751--2--$376$25,41612Lorber Films
77Pianomania$720-63%1-1$720$19,42612First Run Features
78Small Town Murder Songs$708180%21$354$31,13312Monterey Media
79My Perestroika$689--2--$345$240,69321International Film Circuit
80The Robber$679-60%10$679$79,87116Kino International
81Summer (2011 re-issue)$667--1--$667$28,49710The Film Desk
82The Sleeping Beauty$518--1--$518$24,5086Strand Releasing
83Road to Nowhere$424-67%10$424$38,56310Monterey Media
84Leap Year (2011)$357--1--$357$9,8448Strand Releasing
85Poetry$177-91%10$177$355,04427Kino International
86Into Eternity$130-57%10$130$55,16728International Film Circuit
87The Salvation Poem$125-89%1-1$125$915,50244CanZion Films
88Daylight (2011)$100--1--$100$2,8045Cinema Purgatorio