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, Nov. 18 - Sun, Nov. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$138,122,261--4,061--$34,012$138,122,2611Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$21,237,068--3,606--$5,889$21,237,0681Warner Bros.
3Immortals$12,351,959-62%3,1208$3,959$53,079,8892Relativity Media
4Jack and Jill$11,738,573-53%3,4380$3,414$40,766,4792Sony / Columbia
5Puss in Boots (2011)$10,804,311-56%3,415-488$3,164$122,391,8734Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tower Heist$7,105,045-44%2,942-428$2,415$53,538,8203Universal
7J. Edgar$5,928,120-47%1,94737$3,045$20,722,8142Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$2,902,434-51%1,808-1067$1,605$28,335,2803Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$1,710,692-58%1,367-1224$1,251$33,454,5334Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$1,000,518-72%1,402-1374$714$102,619,1955Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$861,189-68%1,218-997$707$50,166,8696Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$553,871-70%702-1056$789$82,557,9177Disney / DreamWorks
2Like Crazy$522,3524%10939$4,792$1,767,3584Paramount Vantage
3Moneyball$512,387-52%409-404$1,253$72,641,2919Sony / Columbia
4The Ides of March$460,272-51%298-398$1,545$39,100,1437Sony / Columbia
5Courageous$430,493-57%517-388$833$32,338,4718Sony / TriStar
6Margin Call$423,554-22%173-26$2,448$3,915,7915Roadside Attractions
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$384,642-20%180-3$2,137$2,258,4295Fox Searchlight
8The Help$297,70221%35779$834$168,231,63215Disney / DreamWorks
9The Skin I Live In$281,980-5%11322$2,495$2,107,9776Sony Pictures Classics
10The Way$275,281-17%137-34$2,009$3,038,8867Producers Distribution Agency
11Dolphin Tale$260,991-62%388-317$673$70,017,1289Warner Bros.
1250/50$231,891-54%185-239$1,253$34,244,2638Summit
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$215,819-57%170-499$1,270$19,548,5505Summit
14The Smurfs$212,934-33%252-17$845$141,941,58817Sony / Columbia
15Contagion$200,035-36%301-54$665$75,178,90611Warner Bros.
16Rockstar$196,166-68%1120$1,751$911,0642Eros International
17Anonymous$176,612-70%179-303$987$4,152,9544Sony / Columbia
18The Rum Diary$148,070-82%152-795$974$12,839,2674FilmDistrict
19Abduction$124,18574%18154$686$27,626,7199Lionsgate
20Johnny English Reborn$86,945-58%108-102$805$8,269,1055Universal
21Rise of the Planet of the Apes$86,291-34%131-33$659$176,454,88516Fox
22RA. One$33,727-72%1890$178$2,496,8254Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,190,096--29--$41,038$1,269,2961Fox Searchlight
2Melancholia$337,53031%5738$5,922$709,2122Magnolia Pictures
3The Lion King 3D$130,006-33%82-14$1,585$93,883,13610Disney
4Take Shelter$91,829-23%74-8$1,241$1,359,7088Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$79,713-32%490$1,627$14,279,60133Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$61,775-41%46-29$1,343$34,363,12210FilmDistrict
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$47,494-42%91-39$522$84,323,97017Warner Bros.
8Hubble 3D$45,121-18%20-2$2,256$29,725,66688Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Into the Abyss$42,519-11%2715$1,575$110,8932IFC Films
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$37,399-27%70-2$534$38,466,27514Weinstein Company
11Cars 2$35,637-47%86-15$414$191,382,06022Disney
12Midnight in Paris$34,691-25%36-2$964$55,600,12827Sony Pictures Classics
13Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$31,91464%156$2,128$133,3325Submarine Deluxe
14Sarah's Key$31,913-68%52-110$614$7,661,82918Weinstein Company
15Le Havre$29,627-24%13-4$2,279$198,8685Janus Films
16The Big Year$27,962-14%59-24$474$7,121,2456Fox
17The Guard$26,118-25%22-7$1,187$5,244,46717Sony Pictures Classics
18Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$25,423-53%78-7$326$381,000,18519Warner Bros.
19Eames: The Architect and the Painter$24,481--6--$4,080$29,8921First Run Features
20The Women on the 6th Floor$23,6878%153$1,579$310,3407Strand Releasing
21Under the Sea 3D$21,992-19%110$1,999$30,092,387145Warner Bros. / IMAX
22The Mighty Macs$19,564-64%28-33$699$1,864,9525Quaker Media
23Mozart's Sister$16,609-26%224$755$600,61614Music Box Films
24Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$11,25330%32$3,751$23,7182Variance Films
25What's Your Number?$11,208-50%25-38$448$14,008,1938Fox
26Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$9,719-26%13-5$748$817,73520International Film Circuit
27The Conquest$9,592-41%82$1,199$155,0842Music Box Films
28Weekend$9,325-27%11-6$848$455,4599IFC Films
29Young Goethe In Love$8,80073%30$2,933$45,7083Music Box Films
30Shark Night 3D$8,558-46%27-2$317$18,872,52212Relativity Media
31Another Happy Day$8,464--2--$4,232$8,4641Phase 4 Films
32I Don't Know How She Does It$8,028-72%38-45$211$9,659,07410Weinstein Company
33Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$7,678-7%9-1$853$4,383,255803D Entertainment
34Tyrannosaur$7,635--5--$1,527$7,6351Strand Releasing
35The Whale$7,254469%54$1,451$45,64311Paladin
36Tomboy (2011)$7,078--1--$7,078$9,1181Dada Films
37The Other F Word$6,8216%63$1,137$36,7693Oscilloscope
38Laugh at My Pain$6,435-2%11-2$585$7,696,63211CodeBlack Entertainment
39Love Crime$6,33339%111$576$529,10312IFC Films
40Inni$6,182-59%6-1$1,030$88,5264Cinema Purgatorio
41Garbo: The Spy$5,593--1--$5,593$5,5931First Run Features
42Revenge of the Electric Car$5,505-79%3-8$1,835$113,1055Area23a
43The Man Nobody Knew$5,310-19%3-3$1,770$137,9959First Run Features
44Hell and Back Again$4,974542%32$1,658$29,6867Docurama Films
45The Mill and the Cross$4,657-61%9-1$517$241,00210Kino Lorber
46Blackthorn$4,332-16%60$722$158,8717Magnolia Pictures
47Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$4,140-27%5-5$828$225,50212Music Box Films
48Machine Gun Preacher$3,51467%197$185$531,5959Relativity Media
49Urbanized$3,476--1--$3,476$33,6424Undefined
50The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch$2,830--4--$708$27,2691Music Box Films
513 (2010)$2,545737%54$509$56,61610Strand Releasing
52Amigo$2,416187%41$604$170,17214Variance Films
53Senna$2,333-39%2-1$1,167$1,607,37015Producers Distribution Agency
54Our Idiot Brother$2,211-70%6-6$369$24,814,83013Weinstein Company
55London Boulevard$2,077-39%10$2,077$6,9112IFC Films
56Rid of Me$2,070--1--$2,070$2,0701Submarine Entertainment
57Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$2,040-16%70$291$222,0118Magnolia / Magnet
58My Reincarnation$1,976-16%20$988$24,6624Long Shot Factory
59Breakaway$1,946-85%3-3$649$1,880,2998Alliance Films
60El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,695-56%2-1$848$170,67817Alive Mind Cinema
61Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,38486%87$173$489,08412Indomina Media
62Farmageddon$1,240--1--$1,240$52,91623Undefined
63The Names of Love$1,197-30%1-1$1,197$512,66822Music Box Films
64Happy, Happy$1,043-49%3-1$348$44,94710Magnolia Pictures
65Apollo 18$1,016-87%5-13$203$17,686,92912Weinstein Company
66Littlerock$892--1--$892$15,20715Variance Films
67Life, Above All$718-57%1-5$718$134,07819Sony Pictures Classics
68Higher Ground$656-85%6-11$109$828,63813Sony Pictures Classics
69Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$440--1--$440$43,21415Lorber Films
70Circumstance$432-72%2-3$216$441,40413Roadside Attractions
71Special Treatment$344--1--$344$8,85613First Run Features
72OKA!$280--1--$280$12,7026Dada Films
73Restless (2011)$237-52%2-2$119$160,22910Sony Pictures Classics
74Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$81-95%1-2$81$33,17110International Film Circuit
75The Future$25-93%1-2$25$568,21117Roadside Attractions