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, Nov. 11 - Sun, Nov. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$32,206,425--3,112--$10,349$32,206,4251Relativity Media
2Jack and Jill$25,003,575--3,438--$7,273$25,003,5751Sony / Columbia
3Puss in Boots (2011)$24,726,193-25%3,903-60$6,335$108,035,3593Paramount / DreamWorks
4Tower Heist$12,773,765-47%3,3703$3,790$43,465,6152Universal
5J. Edgar$11,217,324--1,910--$5,873$11,315,8581Warner Bros.
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$5,915,143-54%2,8750$2,057$23,237,5252Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$4,081,881-45%2,591-536$1,575$30,598,6183Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$3,611,283-57%2,776-510$1,301$100,808,8354Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$2,726,736-39%2,215-596$1,231$48,767,5145Paramount
10Real Steel$1,864,688-46%1,758-680$1,061$81,612,8046Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$1,066,267-40%813-465$1,312$71,857,8368Sony / Columbia
2Courageous$1,012,220-34%905-233$1,118$31,565,8087Sony / TriStar
3The Ides of March$944,292-51%696-695$1,357$38,358,3186Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$803,456-72%947-1345$848$12,371,4403FilmDistrict
5Dolphin Tale$693,294-32%705-400$983$69,634,0728Warner Bros.
6Rockstar$612,235--112--$5,466$612,2351Eros International
7Anonymous$582,527-53%482-32$1,209$3,753,9183Sony / Columbia
8Margin Call$544,282-24%19921$2,735$3,310,9654Roadside Attractions
950/50$507,529-47%424-323$1,197$33,841,6447Summit
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$496,871-71%669-1194$743$19,167,1754Summit
11Martha Marcy May Marlene$481,4746%18385$2,631$1,681,5204Fox Searchlight
12The Way$331,884-8%171-53$1,941$2,630,8396Producers Distribution Agency
13The Smurfs$318,8035%269-9$1,185$141,671,84216Sony / Columbia
14Contagion$312,32944%35595$880$74,865,77710Warner Bros.
15The Help$245,321-26%278-80$882$167,833,56314Disney / DreamWorks
16Johnny English Reborn$204,665-70%210-434$975$8,129,4554Universal
17Rise of the Planet of the Apes$130,158-27%164-35$794$176,332,80915Fox
18RA. One$118,611-69%1890$628$2,443,6593Eros International
19Sarah's Key$99,077-63%162-156$612$7,576,48017Weinstein Company
20Crazy, Stupid, Love$82,451-37%130-42$634$84,244,87716Warner Bros.
21Dream House$78,915-61%172-158$459$21,283,4407Universal
22Abduction$71,243-46%127-80$561$27,483,0338Lionsgate
23Cars 2$66,741-24%101-20$661$191,334,42821Disney
24Killer Elite$65,72955%16041$411$25,093,6078Open Road
25The Thing (2011)$64,925-75%141-243$460$16,907,4505Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$504,51289%7054$7,207$1,055,7783Paramount Vantage
2The Skin I Live In$297,391-9%9113$3,268$1,696,8175Sony Pictures Classics
3Melancholia$257,174--19--$13,535$257,1741Magnolia Pictures
4The Lion King 3D$195,222-8%96-37$2,034$93,706,6989Disney
5Take Shelter$119,702-32%82-8$1,460$1,220,1847Sony Pictures Classics
6Born to Be Wild 3D$117,78823%490$2,404$14,144,83332Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Drive (2011)$105,466-47%75-61$1,406$34,259,3119FilmDistrict
8Hubble 3D$54,86919%222$2,494$29,633,73487Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Mighty Macs$54,181-43%61-40$888$1,825,7364Quaker Media
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$53,798-55%85-140$633$380,955,61918Warner Bros.
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$51,340-11%72-26$713$38,421,12413Weinstein Company
12Into the Abyss$47,559--12--$3,963$47,5591IFC Films
13Midnight in Paris$46,149-33%38-16$1,214$55,550,61826Sony Pictures Classics
14Le Havre$39,19234%174$2,305$151,1244Janus Films
15The Guard$34,633-29%29-10$1,194$5,204,77316Sony Pictures Classics
16The Big Year$32,622-68%83-130$393$7,082,0635Fox
17October Baby$31,601-7%12-2$2,633$194,9293IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
18I Don't Know How She Does It$28,741905%8375$346$9,639,2429Weinstein Company
19Under the Sea 3D$27,13126%112$2,466$30,058,054144Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Revenge of the Electric Car$26,802-3%113$2,437$107,6004Area23a
21What's Your Number?$22,471-60%63-39$357$13,987,4827Fox
22Mozart's Sister$22,395-30%18-4$1,244$572,66513Music Box Films
23The Women on the 6th Floor$21,864-8%121$1,822$278,6386Strand Releasing
24Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$19,417-10%92$2,157$90,2944Submarine Deluxe
25The Conquest$16,273--6--$2,712$137,2791Music Box Films
26Shark Night 3D$15,831-39%29-15$546$18,860,40311Relativity Media
27Inni$15,15080%72$2,164$72,7933Cinema Purgatorio
28Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$13,845-57%32-20$433$24,042,49012FilmDistrict
29Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$13,129-36%18-3$729$802,76819International Film Circuit
30Breakaway$12,780-50%6-5$2,130$1,873,7407Alliance Films
31Weekend$12,766-36%171$751$438,6908IFC Films
32The Mill and the Cross$12,042-8%10-2$1,204$231,5489Kino Lorber
33Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$8,648--1--$8,648$8,6481Variance Films
34Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,212-31%100$821$4,371,345793D Entertainment
35Apollo 18$7,749-78%18-75$431$17,683,67011Weinstein Company
36Our Idiot Brother$7,272-63%12-23$606$24,809,54712Weinstein Company
37Laugh at My Pain$6,573-71%13-26$506$7,688,75610CodeBlack Entertainment
38The Man Nobody Knew$6,555-46%60$1,093$129,4758First Run Features
39The Afflicted$6,496-25%4-2$1,624$212,9404Nocturnal Features
40The Other F Word$6,459-51%31$2,153$25,9142Oscilloscope
41The Double (2011)$6,050-90%12-33$504$134,2863Image Entertainment
42Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$5,674-65%10-8$567$218,27811Music Box Films
43Blackthorn$5,150-30%6-6$858$152,6986Magnolia Pictures
44Young Goethe In Love$5,088-70%3-3$1,696$32,5942Music Box Films
45Munger Road$4,913-51%7-2$702$266,1907Freestyle Releasing
46Love Crime$4,560-65%10-10$456$518,41311IFC Films
47Higher Ground$4,420-37%17-3$260$825,39212Sony Pictures Classics
48El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,892--3--$1,297$163,82616Alive Mind Cinema
49Senna$3,837-37%3-5$1,279$1,602,46014Producers Distribution Agency
50Point Blank$3,833-10%90$426$706,93716Magnolia / Magnet
51London Boulevard$3,431--1--$3,431$3,4311IFC Films
52Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$3,00955%90$334$26,4356Kino Lorber
53The Son of No One$2,683-85%4-6$671$28,8702Anchor Bay Films
54Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$2,437-47%7-10$348$218,9167Magnolia / Magnet
55My Reincarnation$2,362-25%20$1,181$21,6453Long Shot Factory
56Machine Gun Preacher$2,101-72%120$175$526,8488Relativity Media
57Happy, Happy$2,03244%43$508$43,0029Magnolia Pictures
58Limelight (2011)$2,006359%21$1,003$59,6548Magnolia Pictures
59Pianomania$1,769-83%5-1$354$47,05225First Run Features
60Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$1,742-22%31$581$32,0889International Film Circuit
61The Names of Love$1,705155%20$853$510,77321Music Box Films
62Life, Above All$1,667--6--$278$132,96018Sony Pictures Classics
63Circumstance$1,543-50%50$309$439,95812Roadside Attractions
64The Interrupters$1,481--3--$494$250,51616Cinema Guild
65The Whale$1,275-74%1-1$1,275$38,23110Paladin
66Passione: A Musical Adventure$1,107-70%1-1$1,107$254,78521Abramorama
67American Teacher$974-44%20$487$31,2867First Run Features
68Amigo$841--3--$280$159,90513Variance Films
69Hell and Back Again$775-70%1-1$775$24,7126Docurama Films
70Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$744-58%1-4$744$487,50611Indomina Media
71Texas Killing Fields$719-84%3-7$240$45,2825Anchor Bay Films
72Charlotte Rampling: The Look$502-91%1-1$502$10,2262Kino Lorber
73Restless (2011)$490-43%41$123$159,5809Sony Pictures Classics
74Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$430-37%2-1$215$1,200,04619Sony Pictures Classics
75The Future$355-34%3-2$118$568,08016Roadside Attractions
763 (2010)$304-82%1-2$304$53,9639Strand Releasing
77The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$284--1--$284$24,29010The Film Desk
78Paul Goodman Changed My Life$138-92%10$138$22,0204Zeitgeist Films