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. 24 - Sun, Feb. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Act of Valor$24,476,632--3,039--$8,054$24,476,6321Relativity Media
2Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$15,583,924--2,132--$7,310$15,583,9241Lionsgate
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$13,389,102-33%3,350-150$3,997$76,645,4533Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$10,926,145-54%3,052-69$3,580$97,622,7053Universal
5The Vow$9,916,774-57%3,03880$3,264$102,924,1173Sony / Screen Gems
6Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$9,006,135-59%3,1740$2,837$38,038,2172Sony / Columbia
7This Means War$8,425,010-52%3,1890$2,642$33,495,6462Fox
8Wanderlust$6,526,650--2,002--$3,260$6,526,6501Universal
9Gone$4,770,360--2,186--$2,182$4,770,3601Summit
10The Secret World of Arrietty$4,351,115-33%1,5220$2,859$14,508,9202Disney
11Chronicle$3,685,036-52%1,797-759$2,051$57,984,9634Fox
12Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,174,955-60%1,618-1037$1,962$40,444,5853Fox
13The Woman in Black$2,722,485-59%1,727-832$1,576$50,451,6814CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,905,85820%966158$3,008$31,779,65714Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$2,133,442-27%889-354$2,400$78,460,13515Fox Searchlight
3Hugo$1,510,760-9%501-57$3,015$69,354,70414Paramount
4The Grey$800,285-75%917-1190$873$50,179,0915Open Road
5The Iron Lady$694,982-35%522-101$1,331$25,721,5799Weinstein Company
6Big Miracle$668,805-70%628-1006$1,065$18,903,5804Universal
7Red Tails$437,013-70%489-520$894$48,670,0986Fox
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$377,069-24%311-89$1,212$130,384,57911Fox
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$350,335-37%333-70$1,052$185,888,95311Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$341,549-31%164-20$2,083$23,276,12612Focus
11My Week with Marilyn$304,95954%402282$759$14,074,65114Weinstein Company
12We Bought a Zoo$284,720-5%280-7$1,017$74,096,24610Fox
13The Adventures of Tintin$274,988-29%272-31$1,011$76,901,74210Paramount
142012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$274,264-26%1468$1,879$1,470,4723Shorts International
15Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$258,148-59%280-297$922$31,215,13210Warner Bros.
16Underworld Awakening$242,887-79%260-566$934$62,149,8336Sony / Screen Gems
17Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$237,227-51%178-97$1,333$207,771,02711Paramount
18Joyful Noise$183,920-16%277-63$664$30,586,6397Warner Bros.
19The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$178,163-48%125-64$1,425$101,701,26710Sony / Columbia
20War Horse$175,780-41%213-181$825$79,041,41210Disney / DreamWorks
21Contraband$172,375-68%197-223$875$66,173,3857Universal
22Midnight in Paris$159,6221530%164148$973$56,720,57941Sony Pictures Classics
23The Muppets$145,905-30%205-64$712$88,355,06814Disney
24One For the Money$137,867-82%229-704$602$25,951,3365Lionsgate
25Albert Nobbs$129,051-33%100-19$1,291$2,610,6285Roadside Attractions
26Puss in Boots (2011)$116,725-38%138-25$846$149,234,74718Paramount / DreamWorks
27Jack and Jill$80,972-33%109-25$743$74,158,15716Sony / Columbia
28The Help$22,594141%138125$164$169,697,33329Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$366,33019%8329$4,414$2,532,8609Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$192,128-35%835$2,315$2,558,45110IFC Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$117,164-22%40-5$2,929$16,625,10847Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Rampart$98,394-22%4517$2,187$375,4873Millennium Entertainment
5Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$94,583--48--$1,970$94,5831UTV Communications
6A Dangerous Method$93,224-39%81-15$1,151$5,344,81014Sony Pictures Classics
7In Darkness$88,7137%228$4,032$278,1383Sony Pictures Classics
8Thin Ice$79,878-56%46-7$1,736$342,6872IDP/ATO Pictures
9The Darkest Hour$65,568-34%94-19$698$21,426,80510Summit
10Beauty and the Beast 3D$55,057-78%59-155$933$47,228,7867Disney
11Man on a Ledge$54,636-84%76-325$719$18,600,9115Lionsgate
12Jodi Breakers$52,618--1--$52,618$52,6181Yash Raj Films
13Happy Feet Two$51,661-47%85-50$608$63,934,37015Warner Bros.
14Hubble 3D$48,272-22%18-1$2,682$31,178,184102Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Under the Sea 3D$46,065-1%110$4,188$30,669,995159Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Shame$42,820-36%25-19$1,713$3,807,64313Fox Searchlight
17Love$41,260-50%81$5,158$172,4092China Lion Film
18Chico & Rita$40,56332%127$3,380$118,6223GKIDS
19Haywire$40,071-43%37-42$1,083$18,827,1656Relativity Media
20Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$39,866-83%35-63$1,139$1,130,8423UTV Communications
21We Need to Talk About Kevin$37,540-47%160$2,346$671,86712Oscilloscope
22W.E.$27,627-48%15-5$1,842$265,2764Weinstein Company
23The Forgiveness of Blood$26,724--3--$8,908$26,7241IFC Films
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$25,875188%120$2,156$4,830,343943D Entertainment
25Coriolanus$22,032-44%8-5$2,754$365,1696Weinstein Company
26The Sitter$20,167-33%30-13$672$30,505,21212Fox
27Undefeated$19,313-42%50$3,863$70,1952Weinstein Company
28Carnage (2011)$18,560-44%22-13$844$2,464,07611Sony Pictures Classics
29The Flowers of War$16,696231%74$2,385$242,7326Wrekin Hill Entertainment
30Pariah (2011)$12,759-38%130$981$712,7059Focus
31On the Ice$8,257-54%51$1,651$36,8252PMK*BNC
32The Women on the 6th Floor$7,506-31%5-1$1,501$617,85921Strand Releasing
33The Skin I Live In$7,168524%1410$512$3,169,33220Sony Pictures Classics
34The Devil Inside$7,049-51%25-9$282$53,193,9258Paramount
35Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,394141%20$2,697$869,50134International Film Circuit
36The Fairy$4,199--3--$1,400$4,1991Kino Lorber
37Michael (2012)$4,16324%21$2,082$11,0062Strand Releasing
38Declaration of War$4,008-15%114$364$41,0925IFC Films
39In the Land of Blood and Honey$3,787-47%4-4$947$292,86510FilmDistrict
40Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,59859%42$900$67,3718Cinema Guild
41The Conquest$3,070626%31$1,023$189,48516Music Box Films
42My Reincarnation$2,356639%1-1$2,356$85,14518Long Shot Factory
43Young Goethe In Love$1,990-32%2-3$995$148,85717Music Box Films
44Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,98183%1-1$1,981$289,33919Submarine Deluxe
45Kung Fu Joe$1,894-32%10$1,894$10,7943Indican Pictures
46Take Shelter$1,805461%3-1$602$1,726,54922Sony Pictures Classics
47Khodorkovsky$1,639-43%21$820$36,98813Kino Lorber
48The Innkeepers$1,576-54%5-2$315$77,5014Magnolia / Magnet
49The Whale$1,496121%10$1,496$71,87325Paladin
50Death of the Virgin$1,482-69%1-1$1,482$21,7303Indican Pictures
51Melancholia$1,433-48%3-2$478$3,029,87016Magnolia Pictures
52The Turin Horse$1,342-60%20$671$21,8293Cinema Guild
53The Way$1,234-63%2-3$617$4,426,00521Producers Distribution Agency
54Hell and Back Again$62812%20$314$39,16521Docurama Films
55Eames: The Architect and the Painter$59415%10$594$147,52515First Run Features
56Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$555-61%10$555$50,53129Lorber Films
57The Man Nobody Knew$173--1--$173$183,34223First Run Features
58Putin's Kiss$155-90%10$155$2,6592Kino Lorber
59Windfall$54--1--$54$2,5294First Run Features