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, Oct. 7 - Sun, Oct. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$27,319,677--3,440--$7,942$27,319,6771Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$10,470,143--2,199--$4,761$10,470,1431Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$9,131,091-34%3,478-37$2,625$49,040,7363Warner Bros.
4Moneyball$7,453,989-38%3,01825$2,470$49,207,1673Sony / Columbia
550/50$5,652,149-35%2,47921$2,280$17,482,5212Summit
6Courageous$4,867,876-47%1,1610$4,193$16,160,0322Sony / TriStar
7The Lion King 3D$4,598,606-57%2,267-73$2,028$86,008,5954Disney
8Dream House$4,475,525-45%2,6643$1,680$14,467,4902Universal
9What's Your Number?$3,126,782-42%3,0119$1,038$10,382,8002Fox
10Contagion$2,942,322-40%2,250-494$1,308$69,026,5435Warner Bros.
11Abduction$2,893,684-48%2,591-527$1,117$23,362,8263Lionsgate
12Killer Elite$2,201,362-55%2,411-575$913$21,646,9293Open Road
13The Help$1,945,048-36%2,064-441$942$162,652,3639Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$1,842,563-44%1,330-644$1,385$30,107,8854FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$512,05652%515104$994$139,381,79911Sony / Columbia
2Laugh at My Pain$467,823-36%248-30$1,886$6,929,7605CodeBlack Entertainment
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$405,86149%407155$997$379,750,74713Warner Bros.
4Captain America: The First Avenger$311,753-29%303-47$1,029$175,805,85312Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$295,891-45%382-209$775$174,937,80310Fox
6Cars 2$284,613-26%2627$1,086$190,462,89816Disney
7The Debt$248,929-60%358-245$695$30,564,7666Focus
8Colombiana$227,769-44%245-167$930$36,206,2177Sony / TriStar
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$202,241-49%222-183$911$83,120,91411Warner Bros.
10Warrior (2011)$170,753-63%319-388$535$13,427,8545Lionsgate
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$158,889-56%365-345$435$37,763,5338Weinstein Company
12Zookeeper$147,469-30%198-55$745$80,112,56014Sony / Columbia
13Cowboys & Aliens$147,290-21%206-35$715$99,768,67111Universal
14Midnight in Paris$130,882-28%119-21$1,100$54,905,64321Sony Pictures Classics
15The Guard$119,125-38%124-33$961$4,646,79611Sony Pictures Classics
16Horrible Bosses$101,021-41%142-80$711$117,388,06914Warner Bros. / New Line
17I Don't Know How She Does It$100,112-75%240-505$417$9,486,4774Weinstein Company
18Straw Dogs (2011)$87,594-79%181-693$484$10,324,4414Sony / Screen Gems
19Transformers: Dark of the Moon$82,901-59%143-65$580$352,358,77915Paramount / DreamWorks
20Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$70,221-46%114-102$616$23,820,0767FilmDistrict
21Shark Night 3D$66,288-53%145-147$457$18,595,9886Relativity Media
22Sarah's Key$58,670-47%113-26$519$6,882,89312Weinstein Company
23Restless (2011)$33,46460%12683$266$117,6024Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Breakaway$354,306-35%480$7,381$1,066,5082Alliance Films
2Rascals$168,082--61--$2,755$168,0821Eros Entertainment
3Machine Gun Preacher$112,56633%9360$1,210$291,1983Relativity Media
4The Way$110,418--33--$3,346$110,4181Producers Distribution Agency
5Born to Be Wild 3D$104,093-7%490$2,124$13,336,19727Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Le Bonheur des Autres$58,765--29--$2,026$58,7651Entertainment One Films
7Hubble 3D$57,59819%24-2$2,400$29,115,97682Warner Bros. / IMAX
81911$55,850--33--$1,692$55,8501Variance Films
9Seven Days in Utopia$53,315-37%77-58$692$4,289,4686Visio Entertainment
10Take Shelter$52,0020%118$4,727$126,2232Sony Pictures Classics
11Munger Road$51,07440%98$5,675$98,8612Freestyle Releasing
12The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$49,456--18--$2,748$49,4561IFC Films
13Weekend$49,3422%148$3,524$162,6943IFC Films
14The Hedgehog$41,479-14%293$1,430$676,9178NeoClassics Films
15Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$40,992-52%8-3$5,124$156,7232Nocturnal Features
16Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$39,776-25%4413$904$111,3422Magnolia / Magnet
17Love Crime$36,847-21%298$1,271$348,7176IFC Films
18Mr. Popper's Penguins$36,778-47%68-35$541$68,181,94017Fox
19Thunder Soul$34,440108%3724$931$120,6513Roadside Attractions
20Bad Teacher$32,554-93%64-290$509$100,292,85616Sony / Columbia
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$32,270-40%27-7$1,195$409,2116Indomina Media
22Final Destination 5$30,599-60%61-83$502$42,575,7189Warner Bros. / New Line
23Our Idiot Brother$28,178-56%67-69$421$24,657,7287Weinstein Company
24Mausam$27,966-73%960$291$712,8263Eros International
25The Women on the 6th Floor$26,636--6--$4,439$26,6361Strand Releasing
26Senna$26,220-40%31-1$846$1,310,9699Producers Distribution Agency
27Mozart's Sister$25,925-20%235$1,127$322,0568Music Box Films
28Fright Night (2011)$23,77542%22-1$1,081$18,114,1598Disney / DreamWorks
29Under the Sea 3D$21,4678%100$2,147$29,887,823139Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Higher Ground$18,977-61%34-17$558$701,0527Sony Pictures Classics
31Dirty Girl$17,859--9--$1,984$17,8591Weinstein Company
32Apollo 18$17,124-67%46-68$372$17,520,1676Weinstein Company
33The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$16,702-49%8-1$2,088$161,3135IFC Films
34Circumstance$16,163-21%18-5$898$371,9637Roadside Attractions
35Blackthorn$15,254--8--$1,907$15,2541Magnolia Pictures
36The Mill and the Cross$13,777-34%81$1,722$102,1174Kino Lorber
37Margaret$13,12974%1412$938$24,9502Fox Searchlight
38The Whistleblower$12,335-46%30-4$411$1,074,89210IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39The Tree of Life$9,872-44%11-18$897$13,279,56620Fox Searchlight
40Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$9,132-52%100$913$4,289,620743D Entertainment
41Brighton Rock (2011)$8,466-37%23-1$368$200,7217IFC Films
42The Man Nobody Knew$7,497-46%30$2,499$47,7173First Run Features
43Muran$7,413-55%7-3$1,059$27,2082UTV Communications
44Mysteries of Lisbon$7,278-11%50$1,456$100,59210Music Box Films
45Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$6,930-16%62$1,155$140,0046Music Box Films
46Point Blank$6,850-64%16-8$428$661,72011Magnolia / Magnet
47Puncture$6,700-34%51$1,340$55,9863Millennium Entertainment
48American Teacher$5,860-3%1-1$5,860$16,7252First Run Features
49Space Station 3D$5,698-25%10$5,698$84,316,636495IMAX
50Finding Joe$5,511-37%21$2,756$17,0392Balcony Releasing
51The Interrupters$4,902-1%61$817$209,13011Cinema Guild
52Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$4,629-72%7-5$661$592,95214International Film Circuit
53Limelight (2011)$4,460-29%10$4,460$32,8843Magnolia Pictures
54The Names of Love$4,222-19%2-9$2,111$492,62016Music Box Films
55The Future$3,933-55%15-1$262$544,78711Roadside Attractions
56Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,920-62%2-1$1,960$225,50616Abramorama
57Amigo$3,661--5--$732$139,0498Variance Films
58Hell and Back Again$3,413--1--$3,413$4,8091Docurama Films
59A Bird of the Air$3,146289%21$1,573$8,8993Paladin
603 (2010)$2,99591%3-3$998$35,0704Strand Releasing
61Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,75913%3-4$920$1,065,15117Magnolia Pictures
62The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$2,680598%21$1,340$20,2645The Film Desk
63Turtle: The Incredible Journey$2,445278%43$611$378,67116Hannover House
64Life, Above All$2,32531%92$258$119,68813Sony Pictures Classics
65Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$2,320-76%90$258$13,6342UTV Communications
66El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,248-72%3-4$749$135,30611Alive Mind Cinema
67People v. The State of Illusion$2,246-29%10$2,246$38,3335IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
68Incendiary: The Willingham Case$2,058-50%31$686$18,1143Truly Indie
69Happy, Happy$1,962-68%2-5$981$27,7464Magnolia Pictures
70The Sons of Tennessee Williams$1,492--1--$1,492$1,4921First Run Features
71Bellflower$1,418-50%8-5$177$160,98110Oscilloscope
72Where Soldiers Come From$1,353-83%30$451$26,7125International Film Circuit
73Jig$1,283--1--$1,283$183,79017Screen Media Films
74Magic Trip$1,178-61%4-1$295$145,05610Magnolia Pictures
75The Tree$1,107-69%3-3$369$58,67513Zeitgeist Films
76Bill Cunningham New York$976179%10$976$1,502,68330Zeitgeist Films
77Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$946-86%4-2$237$10,5242Freestyle Releasing
78Shaolin$913--1--$913$64,3275Variance Films
79Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$8105%2-2$405$1,192,10614Sony Pictures Classics
80The Whale$757-83%1-1$757$20,5425Paladin
81My Joy$702-66%10$702$3,7562Kino Lorber
82Rapt$652152%31$217$41,58414Lorber Films
83Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$600-74%20$300$19,4154International Film Circuit
84Jane's Journey$555-42%20$278$15,1374First Run Features
85The Last Circus$512-69%2-3$256$35,4788Magnolia / Magnet
86Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$442--1--$442$244,66956Collective Eye
87Special Treatment$351--1--$351$7,2377First Run Features
88Project Nim$250-86%6-1$42$399,00114Roadside Attractions
89WAR: Women Art Revolution$178-78%10$178$51,06719Zeitgeist Films