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, Mar. 23 - Sun, Mar. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$152,535,747--4,137--$36,871$152,535,7471Lionsgate
221 Jump Street$20,471,187-44%3,1210$6,559$70,222,5152Sony / Columbia
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$13,182,045-42%3,677-92$3,585$177,412,0554Universal
4John Carter$5,073,832-63%3,212-537$1,580$62,407,2123Disney
5Act of Valor$2,041,362-45%2,219-546$920$65,921,0865Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$1,950,154-46%1,787-108$1,091$14,950,3223Paramount
7Project X (2012)$1,931,336-52%2,065-857$935$51,733,4844Warner Bros.
8Safe House$1,403,035-48%1,330-590$1,055$122,582,3507Universal
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,357,412-43%1,340-595$1,013$97,139,5017Warner Bros. / New Line
10This Means War$985,981-54%1,188-472$830$52,270,7186Fox
11The Vow$841,576-60%1,258-917$669$122,776,3507Sony / Screen Gems
12Silent House (2012)$639,958-70%1,202-922$532$11,962,7313Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1October Baby$1,697,130--390--$4,352$1,896,57222IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
2Casa de mi Padre$1,181,943-48%47593$2,488$4,030,1952Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$853,046-38%621-395$1,374$33,952,5895Lionsgate
4Friends With Kids$822,842-43%558-82$1,475$5,519,5233Roadside Attractions
5Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$702,60253%12462$5,666$1,628,8023CBS Films
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$586,909-31%2540$2,311$1,774,2672Paramount Vantage
7The Artist$474,532-55%576-579$824$43,037,87018Weinstein Company
8Agent Vinod$427,043--122--$3,500$427,0431Eros International
9A Separation$331,715-30%261-21$1,271$6,078,03913Sony Pictures Classics
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$318,834-63%511-513$624$50,350,1136Sony / Columbia
11The Iron Lady$254,368-40%327-129$778$29,100,07913Weinstein Company
12Hugo$250,545-49%283-100$885$73,437,94718Paramount
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$243,324-12%248-38$981$132,017,31215Fox
14Chronicle$203,103-58%292-140$696$63,530,1388Fox
15The Woman in Black$198,250-18%180-125$1,101$53,749,2098CBS Films
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$183,482-23%200-29$917$209,065,11915Paramount
17The Secret World of Arrietty$167,416-31%229-75$731$18,274,3296Disney
18The Descendants$145,849-50%199-148$733$82,278,71719Fox Searchlight
19Wanderlust$141,030-73%235-463$600$17,115,6505Universal
20Big Miracle$124,315-5%224-12$555$19,966,2308Universal
21We Bought a Zoo$124,259-12%155-33$802$75,105,21314Fox
22The Grey$118,933-22%204-15$583$51,359,0589Open Road
23War Horse$93,429-28%170-30$550$79,667,04114Disney / DreamWorks
24Gone$77,006-71%183-293$421$11,527,3055Summit
25Red Tails$74,180-19%131-21$566$49,600,63010Fox
26One For the Money$73,82917%15139$489$26,300,8219Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid: Redemption$213,785--14--$15,270$213,7851Sony Pictures Classics
2Jiro Dreams of Sushi$175,16292%2721$6,487$381,5553Magnolia Pictures
3Footnote$155,601132%2317$6,765$319,6863Sony Pictures Classics
4Kahaani$136,753-48%48-5$2,849$824,4053Viva Entertainment
5The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$123,841--31--$3,995$123,8411Music Box Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$106,687-18%400$2,667$17,460,70151Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Kid With A Bike$104,567128%2421$4,357$169,7192IFC Films
8We Need to Talk About Kevin$96,538-4%8015$1,207$1,348,90116Oscilloscope
9Being Flynn$75,653-48%73-15$1,036$402,9114Focus
10Pina$64,268-25%51-4$1,260$3,285,78314IFC Films
11In Darkness$60,017-18%51-1$1,177$793,7517Sony Pictures Classics
12Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$58,93222%120$4,911$5,126,760983D Entertainment
13Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$52,824-38%86-39$614$186,764,25815Warner Bros.
14Hubble 3D$52,544-3%233$2,285$31,608,079106Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$48,722-66%74-82$658$43,171,4637Fox
16Under the Sea 3D$34,516-21%120$2,876$30,933,371163Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Seeking Justice$32,064-87%74-157$433$390,5712Anchor Bay Films
18Rampart$30,600-59%67-39$457$834,7067Millennium Entertainment
19Albert Nobbs$30,307-1%44-4$689$2,895,0689Roadside Attractions
20A Dangerous Method$29,604-21%47-12$630$5,651,91818Sony Pictures Classics
21Thin Ice$28,477-13%39-2$730$652,5396IDP/ATO Pictures
22Undefeated$27,450-48%17-4$1,615$379,0106Weinstein Company
23Coriolanus$22,711-33%19-2$1,195$569,72210Weinstein Company
24Gerhard Richter Painting$21,88762%65$3,648$54,2132Kino Lorber
25Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$20,079-52%50-55$402$31,836,74514Warner Bros.
26W.E.$18,673-30%18-2$1,037$462,0188Weinstein Company
27Chico & Rita$18,335-51%231$797$283,0077GKIDS
28Boy$15,569--7--$2,224$92,7674Paladin
29Shame$14,463-4%16-2$904$3,946,34317Fox Searchlight
30My Week with Marilyn$13,269-50%44-6$302$14,581,67718Weinstein Company
31The Muppets$12,381-44%35-17$354$88,605,09218Disney
32Free Men$9,5485%42$2,387$22,5782Film Movement
33Musical Chairs$9,092--9--$1,010$9,0921Paladin
344:44 Last Day on Earth$8,355--3--$2,785$8,3551IFC Films
35Let The Bullets Fly$7,70915%71$1,101$50,3864Variance Films
36Children of Paradise (2012 re-issue)$6,8429%10$6,842$31,9313Janus Films
37The Salt of Life$6,708-72%4-9$1,677$119,2524Zeitgeist Films
38The Forgiveness of Blood$6,348-8%90$705$106,6515IFC Films
39Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$6,313-45%14-12$451$181,2944Magnolia Pictures
40The Women on the 6th Floor$6,12611%51$1,225$665,65325Strand Releasing
41Sound of Noise$6,072507%54$1,214$18,1223Magnolia Pictures
42Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,5952%63$933$894,95838International Film Circuit
432012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$5,554-23%8-2$694$1,698,8157Shorts International
44The FP$5,215-66%8-20$652$27,7862Drafthouse Films
45The Trouble with Bliss$4,618--1--$4,618$4,61817A Productions
46Brake$4,330--2--$2,165$4,3301IFC Films
47Natural Selection$4,300-59%21$2,150$16,9542Cinema Guild
48Love$3,444-37%4-1$861$303,8886China Lion Film
49Reuniting The Rubins$3,209337%42$802$4,4252Monterey Media
50Carnage (2011)$3,168-45%9-4$352$2,531,77715Sony Pictures Classics
51The Turin Horse$2,646--2--$1,323$33,7877Cinema Guild
52Starry, Starry Night$2,312--1--$2,312$2,3121China Lion Film
53The Understudy$2,014-12%1-1$2,014$6,4222Indican Pictures
54Around June$1,846-40%1-1$1,846$6,8282Indican Pictures
55Falling Away$1,372193%10$1,372$9,1504Indican Pictures
56Young Goethe In Love$1,199--2--$600$152,47221Music Box Films
57My Reincarnation$1,148--1--$1,148$90,43722Long Shot Factory
58On the Ice$94828%1-1$948$50,6696PMK*BNC
59This Is Not A Film$920-35%10$920$38,6254Palisades Tartan
60Beauty and the Beast 3D$831-71%2-3$416$47,281,07411Disney
61The Skin I Live In$79225%21$396$3,185,19324Sony Pictures Classics
62Sing Your Song$596-88%20$298$40,36711S2BN Films
63The Fairy$560--1--$560$6,6825Kino Lorber
64Addiction Incorporated$509-63%1-3$509$37,50115Variance Films
65The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$436-13%10$436$3,3423The Film Desk
66Kung Fu Joe$40261%10$402$13,7907Indican Pictures
67Le Havre$370-84%1-3$370$602,16323Janus Films
68The Whale$266--1--$266$76,44729Paladin
69Khodorkovsky$163--1--$163$38,62017Kino Lorber