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, Feb. 17 - Sun, Feb. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$23,641,575-41%3,1212$7,575$77,911,1902Universal
2The Vow$23,065,077-44%2,9580$7,798$84,991,9142Sony / Screen Gems
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$22,115,334--3,174--$6,968$22,115,3341Sony / Columbia
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$19,845,282-27%3,50030$5,670$52,961,6242Warner Bros. / New Line
5This Means War$17,405,930--3,189--$5,458$19,015,7351Fox
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,966,431-65%2,6550$3,001$33,839,6662Fox
7Chronicle$7,619,383-37%2,556-352$2,981$51,098,8093Fox
8The Woman in Black$6,679,196-34%2,559-297$2,610$45,289,8143CBS Films
9The Secret World of Arrietty$6,446,395--1,522--$4,235$6,446,3951Disney
10The Grey$3,142,111-38%2,107-694$1,491$48,035,1704Open Road
11The Descendants$2,932,824-15%1,243-338$2,359$75,015,59414Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$2,263,515-43%1,634-499$1,385$16,707,0103Universal
13Red Tails$1,442,093-40%1,009-571$1,429$47,558,6295Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,430,3608%8080$3,008$27,529,31913Weinstein Company
2Hugo$1,655,684-6%558-144$2,967$66,741,80813Paramount
3Underworld Awakening$1,136,686-54%826-831$1,376$61,380,4875Sony / Screen Gems
4The Iron Lady$1,063,704-8%623111$1,707$24,423,4908Weinstein Company
5One For the Money$784,938-66%933-1123$841$25,461,1474Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$627,618-57%577-798$1,088$30,630,5959Warner Bros.
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$553,80268%403138$1,374$185,271,15610Warner Bros.
8Contraband$539,685-57%420-661$1,285$65,765,7056Universal
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$494,723-8%400-102$1,237$129,683,21810Fox
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$492,491-10%184-48$2,677$22,695,33811Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$486,056-31%275-194$1,767$207,299,47910Paramount
12The Adventures of Tintin$389,85415%30346$1,287$76,391,1709Paramount
132012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$372,042-10%13818$2,696$987,4852Shorts International
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$345,043-30%189-80$1,826$101,364,9149Sony / Columbia
15Man on a Ledge$331,508-75%401-1022$827$18,377,4564Lionsgate
16We Bought a Zoo$300,033-17%287-133$1,045$73,656,6549Fox
17War Horse$298,332-34%394-108$757$78,706,2989Disney / DreamWorks
18Beauty and the Beast 3D$251,292-70%214-464$1,174$46,999,1186Disney
19Joyful Noise$219,935-55%340-346$647$30,307,8946Warner Bros.
20The Muppets$207,263-24%269-22$770$88,067,26013Disney
21My Week with Marilyn$197,841-5%120-5$1,649$13,642,95813Weinstein Company
22Albert Nobbs$193,041-30%119-32$1,622$2,360,2314Roadside Attractions
23Puss in Boots (2011)$187,050-14%163-46$1,148$148,998,02617Paramount / DreamWorks
24Jack and Jill$121,297-26%134-53$905$74,020,22315Sony / Columbia
25The Darkest Hour$98,6911334%11395$873$21,319,6969Summit
26Happy Feet Two$97,176-48%135-67$720$63,826,40014Warner Bros.
27The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$62,646-63%148-82$423$281,267,66314Lionsgate / Summit
28Agneepath$34,828-58%1320$264$1,973,5744Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$309,08516%549$5,724$2,025,8378Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$297,66616%7810$3,816$2,174,4949IFC Films
3Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$230,770-64%98-13$2,355$1,026,3032UTV Communications
4Thin Ice$183,527--53--$3,463$183,5271IDP/ATO Pictures
5A Dangerous Method$152,441-26%96-11$1,588$5,171,94413Sony Pictures Classics
6Born to Be Wild 3D$149,56546%451$3,324$16,373,13046Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Rampart$125,997108%2823$4,500$210,4172Millennium Entertainment
8Love$83,178--7--$11,883$83,1781China Lion Film
9In Darkness$82,551201%1411$5,897$142,5142Sony Pictures Classics
10We Need to Talk About Kevin$71,232-15%160$4,452$604,82111Oscilloscope
11Haywire$69,716-66%79-184$882$18,751,4605Relativity Media
12Shame$66,547-21%44-8$1,512$3,720,16712Fox Searchlight
13Hubble 3D$62,13743%190$3,270$31,065,735101Warner Bros. / IMAX
14W.E.$53,016-11%203$2,651$206,9463Weinstein Company
15Under the Sea 3D$46,463164%11-1$4,224$30,579,553158Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Coriolanus$39,21525%132$3,017$321,9655Weinstein Company
17Carnage (2011)$33,441-18%35-1$955$2,420,30010Sony Pictures Classics
18Undefeated$33,165--5--$6,633$33,1651Weinstein Company
19Bullhead$32,267--7--$4,610$32,2671Drafthouse Films
20Chico & Rita$30,79649%54$6,159$60,3632GKIDS
21The Sitter$29,883-47%43-56$695$30,471,20911Fox
22Young Adult$28,822116%8752$331$16,295,03311Paramount
23Pariah (2011)$20,657-12%130$1,589$687,9228Focus
24On the Ice$17,901--4--$4,475$17,9011PMK*BNC
25The Devil Inside$14,341-59%34-61$422$53,180,7847Paramount
26New Year's Eve$12,730-80%33-122$386$54,538,01311Warner Bros. / New Line
27The Women on the 6th Floor$10,829-3%62$1,805$603,48220Strand Releasing
28Midnight in Paris$9,791-44%16-8$612$56,553,41640Sony Pictures Classics
29The Help$9,359-11%130$720$169,668,58628Disney / DreamWorks
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,992-53%12-2$749$4,794,504933D Entertainment
31Le Havre$7,195--7--$1,028$577,11318Janus Films
32In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,122-36%8-2$890$284,9919FilmDistrict
33An Inconsistent Truth$5,655-23%31$1,885$53,1094Rocky Mountain Pictures
34The Flowers of War$5,04053%3-3$1,680$218,8325Wrekin Hill Entertainment
35Immortals$4,967-74%29-4$171$83,502,40315Relativity Media
36Death of the Virgin$4,826-44%2-1$2,413$16,8262Indican Pictures
37Declaration of War$4,727--7--$675$34,1814IFC Films
38The Interrupters$4,209--2--$2,105$282,44830Cinema Guild
39J. Edgar$3,979-71%11-31$362$37,304,45115Warner Bros.
40The Innkeepers$3,436-52%7-6$491$74,9063Magnolia / Magnet
41The Turin Horse$3,383-63%21$1,692$17,7632Cinema Guild
42The Way$3,374-54%5-2$675$4,421,90520Producers Distribution Agency
43Michael (2012)$3,366--1--$3,366$4,5461Strand Releasing
44The Viral Factor$3,214-61%40$804$212,5965China Lion Film
45Young Goethe In Love$2,929-37%50$586$145,99516Music Box Films
46Khodorkovsky$2,9003437%10$2,900$33,05412Kino Lorber
47Kung Fu Joe$2,796-11%1-1$2,796$7,0822Indican Pictures
48Melancholia$2,770-70%5-3$554$3,023,19615Magnolia Pictures
49Vettai$2,518-23%1-1$2,518$202,5816UTV Communications
50Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,270-46%20$1,135$62,7337Cinema Guild
51Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,242-54%2-1$1,121$862,90133International Film Circuit
52How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$1,698--4--$425$12,4304First Run Features
53Putin's Kiss$1,525--1--$1,525$1,5251Kino Lorber
54Kill List$1,463-29%40$366$19,4013IFC Films
55Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$1,433--1--$1,433$48,33128Lorber Films
56Circus Columbia$1,284--1--$1,284$1,2841Strand Releasing
57The Skin I Live In$1,149-7%4-2$287$3,167,95819Sony Pictures Classics
58Mozart's Sister$1,118--2--$559$706,62227Music Box Films
59Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,080468%21$540$287,28118Submarine Deluxe
60Sing Your Song$95644%1-1$956$32,0836S2BN Films
61The Whale$67724%10$677$69,94424Paladin
62Hell and Back Again$561--2--$281$38,09920Docurama Films
63Eames: The Architect and the Painter$518--1--$518$146,07914First Run Features
64The Conquest$423-84%2-2$212$186,37215Music Box Films
65Man on a Mission$396--1--$396$8,5486First Run Features
66Take Shelter$322-38%40$81$1,724,46121Sony Pictures Classics
67My Reincarnation$319-96%20$160$82,61817Long Shot Factory
68The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$262--1--$262$28,73924The Film Desk
69Crazy Wisdom$96-6%10$96$55,46513Alive Mind Cinema