'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, Mar. 9 - Sun, Mar. 11

Wide (1000+)

1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$38,846,020-45%3,74617$10,370$121,724,8502Universal
2John Carter$30,180,188--3,749--$8,050$30,180,1881Disney
3Project X (2012)$11,142,103-47%3,0550$3,647$39,717,0982Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$6,991,877-48%2,951-102$2,369$56,092,4743Relativity Media
5Silent House (2012)$6,661,234--2,124--$3,136$6,661,2341Open Road
6A Thousand Words$6,176,280--1,890--$3,268$6,176,2801Paramount
7Safe House$4,801,510-35%2,144-409$2,240$115,605,3255Universal
8The Vow$3,842,485-36%2,478-348$1,551$117,456,2315Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$3,756,060-32%1,949-393$1,927$46,895,4104Fox
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$3,611,388-45%2,525-535$1,430$90,641,9995Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$2,904,004-59%1,516-616$1,916$30,446,4533Lionsgate
12The Artist$2,079,910-43%1,505-251$1,382$40,234,93316Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,965,123-58%1,804-683$1,089$48,065,2704Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Friends With Kids$2,019,083--369--$5,472$2,019,0831Roadside Attractions
3A Separation$728,376-23%28138$2,592$4,780,20811Sony Pictures Classics
4The Descendants$676,862-48%517-177$1,309$81,454,62417Fox Searchlight
6The Iron Lady$567,974-33%447-64$1,271$27,931,79111Weinstein Company
7The Woman in Black$491,037-57%433-379$1,134$53,031,2836CBS Films
8The Secret World of Arrietty$417,697-72%501-930$834$17,572,9654Disney
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$341,581-69%258-473$1,324$42,845,7545Fox
10Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$310,78897%229122$1,357$208,394,55413Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$287,184-17%287-27$1,001$131,187,52513Fox
12We Bought a Zoo$188,221-23%228-38$826$74,669,87712Fox
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$173,213-40%211-45$821$102,363,77112Sony / Columbia
14Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$172,494-34%109-17$1,583$23,922,14414Focus
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$158,193-39%208-58$761$186,523,36613Warner Bros.
16Big Miracle$153,660-49%238-121$646$19,594,7656Universal
17The Adventures of Tintin$140,931-24%153-62$921$77,384,66712Paramount
18The Grey$123,740-52%151-157$819$50,960,0417Open Road
19Red Tails$115,201-40%178-71$647$49,343,1888Fox
20Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$114,978-49%202-101$569$31,711,09312Warner Bros.
21My Week with Marilyn$80,673-38%1200$672$14,486,30316Weinstein Company
23Joyful Noise$58,552-49%103-99$568$30,867,7069Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Kahaani$270,081--46--$5,871$270,0811Viva Entertainment
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$225,894--18--$12,550$225,8941CBS Films
3We Need to Talk About Kevin$156,79918%6020$2,613$1,035,66514Oscilloscope
4Born to Be Wild 3D$121,87727%400$3,047$17,007,78049Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Pina$120,652-24%50-14$2,413$3,030,12112IFC Films
6In Darkness$114,5887%5015$2,292$573,8765Sony Pictures Classics
7Rampart$74,900-37%586$1,291$663,3555Millennium Entertainment
8War Horse$68,360-41%86-45$795$79,349,57812Disney / DreamWorks
9Thin Ice$64,128-23%432$1,491$556,4784IDP/ATO Pictures
10Undefeated$57,578-30%130$4,429$254,3884Weinstein Company
11Lost Woods$55,902-4%11-2$5,082$135,3172Nocturnal Features
12A Dangerous Method$52,325-23%541$969$5,533,57816Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$50,57013%21-1$2,408$31,364,867104Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Coriolanus$49,82334%195$2,622$474,7908Weinstein Company
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$48,3010%120$4,025$4,960,609963D Entertainment
16Footnote$47,528--2--$23,764$47,5281Sony Pictures Classics
17Being Flynn$44,5711%128$3,714$102,9862Focus
18Jiro Dreams of Sushi$42,035--2--$21,018$42,0351Magnolia Pictures
19The Muppets$41,574-48%84-54$495$88,542,49116Disney
20Haywire$41,369318%8250$505$18,898,1798Relativity Media
21Albert Nobbs$38,356-40%45-23$852$2,791,4087Roadside Attractions
22Under the Sea 3D$37,86223%11-4$3,442$30,773,972161Warner Bros. / IMAX
23The Salt of Life$36,00188%108$3,600$63,0572Zeitgeist Films
24W.E.$35,569-18%245$1,482$384,9626Weinstein Company
25One For the Money$35,240-41%64-53$551$26,119,7687Lionsgate
26Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$30,808-65%339$934$143,0802Magnolia Pictures
27Shame$22,263-25%20-2$1,113$3,896,10115Fox Searchlight
28The Forgiveness of Blood$22,06124%126$1,838$81,3783IFC Films
29Pariah (2011)$22,004104%196$1,158$758,09911Focus
30Chico & Rita$21,741-17%13-1$1,672$198,9975GKIDS
312012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$21,638-72%18-41$1,202$1,673,1235Shorts International
33Carnage (2011)$16,858-12%190$887$2,516,27713Sony Pictures Classics
34Love$15,416-66%150$1,028$283,3864China Lion Film
35Let The Bullets Fly$11,7094%105$1,171$29,2032Variance Films
36Children of Paradise (2012 re-issue)$10,741--2--$5,371$10,7411Janus Films
37The Women on the 6th Floor$9,121-14%60$1,520$646,67123Strand Releasing
38This Is Not A Film$7,638--2--$3,819$30,4512Palisades Tartan
39Paan Singh Tomar$7,588-63%5-5$1,518$33,9132UTV Communications
40The Sitter$6,956-49%12-9$580$30,538,66914Fox
41Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$6,179-81%10-16$618$171,7763UTV Communications
42Sound of Noise$5,877--3--$1,959$5,8771Magnolia Pictures
43Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,67176%42$1,418$881,84836International Film Circuit
44Beauty and the Beast 3D$5,038-66%7-17$720$47,270,1979Disney
45Le Havre$4,96419%4-2$1,241$595,01821Janus Films
46The Conquest$4,420--4--$1,105$194,88818Music Box Films
47Ranchero$4,38748%20$2,194$14,00935Indican Pictures
48Midnight in Paris$4,124-41%4-7$1,031$56,809,85343Sony Pictures Classics
49Attenberg$3,998--1--$3,998$3,9981Strand Releasing
50Better Than Something: Jay Reatard$3,750-34%2-2$1,875$14,2392Undefined
51The Flowers of War$3,670-74%4-2$918$279,6568Wrekin Hill Entertainment
52The Viral Factor$3,486--13--$268$217,7178China Lion Film
53Apart$3,161--2--$1,581$3,1611Truly Indie
54Addiction Incorporated$2,964170%53$593$32,91813Variance Films
55My Reincarnation$2,903--2--$1,452$89,28920Long Shot Factory
56Last Days Here$2,569-4%10$2,569$6,6952IFC Films
57Declaration of War$2,532--8--$317$46,2257IFC Films
58The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$2,4721653%10$2,472$34,9548First Run Features
59El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,256--1--$2,256$237,18133Alive Mind Cinema
60The Devil Inside$2,239-57%10-7$224$53,205,75910Paramount
61On the Ice$2,10558%21$1,053$44,2834PMK*BNC
62The Snowtown Murders$1,99657%21$998$3,8782IFC Films
63Falling Away$1,76437%20$882$4,5602Indican Pictures
64Young Goethe In Love$1,754--2--$877$150,82319Music Box Films
65Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$1,544-85%4-21$386$1,153,3605UTV Communications
66The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$1,407--1--$1,407$2,0401The Film Desk
67Circus Columbia$651--1--$651$3,1634Strand Releasing
68The Skin I Live In$560-60%52$112$3,182,56622Sony Pictures Classics
69The Decoy Bride$542--1--$542$5421IFC Films
70Putin's Kiss$528252%10$528$3,6364Kino Lorber
71Kung Fu Joe$50422%10$504$11,9085Indican Pictures
72Take Shelter$458-47%1-2$458$1,728,95324Sony Pictures Classics
73The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$403-81%10$403$33,29227The Film Desk
74Tyrannosaur$337-65%20$169$22,08817Strand Releasing
75Playback$252--1--$252$2521Magnolia / Magnet
76The Way$237-82%1-1$237$4,430,65023Producers Distribution Agency
77Amigo$234--1--$234$183,49030Variance Films
78Charlotte Rampling: The Look$199-85%10$199$19,81219Kino Lorber
79The Whale$161-80%10$161$76,17127Paladin
80Michael (2012)$114--1--$114$14,3064Strand Releasing