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, Mar. 30 - Sun, Apr. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$58,551,063-62%4,1370$14,153$248,483,9012Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$33,457,188--3,545--$9,438$33,457,1881Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$18,132,085--3,603--$5,032$18,132,0851Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$14,830,066-28%3,14827$4,711$92,882,6903Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$7,784,645-41%3,264-413$2,385$189,332,4455Universal
6John Carter$2,029,500-60%2,397-815$847$66,233,8394Disney
7Act of Valor$1,001,906-51%1,239-980$809$67,745,4006Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$902,587-54%1,007-780$896$16,508,0684Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$1,272,64381%483359$2,635$3,169,6224CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$810,388-40%908-432$892$98,455,5958Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$807,236-58%903-1162$894$53,354,0125Warner Bros.
4Safe House$780,050-44%729-601$1,070$123,881,7808Universal
5October Baby$771,498-55%387-3$1,994$3,094,15923IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$677,95216%513259$1,322$2,692,0303Paramount Vantage
7Casa de mi Padre$589,456-50%439-36$1,343$5,011,0553Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Friends With Kids$460,026-44%308-250$1,494$6,325,9014Roadside Attractions
9This Means War$417,645-58%575-613$726$53,076,9347Fox
10The Vow$330,240-61%514-744$642$123,473,4568Sony / Screen Gems
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$305,672-4%380-131$804$50,753,6647Sony / Columbia
12The Artist$279,599-41%315-261$888$43,546,37219Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$269,905-68%321-300$841$34,401,7376Lionsgate
14A Separation$220,793-33%199-62$1,110$6,445,73514Sony Pictures Classics
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$206,481-15%222-26$930$132,349,97716Fox
16The Iron Lady$181,934-28%284-43$641$29,414,72714Weinstein Company
17Silent House (2012)$176,172-72%325-877$542$12,372,0494Open Road
18The Woman in Black$154,013-22%179-1$860$53,946,9899CBS Films
19Chronicle$133,968-34%198-94$677$63,759,1689Fox
20Hugo$129,704-48%174-109$745$73,688,26419Paramount
21Agent Vinod$119,644-72%1220$981$632,4462Eros International
22We Bought a Zoo$108,224-13%136-19$796$75,279,52215Fox
23Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$107,207-42%150-50$715$209,239,67916Paramount
24The Secret World of Arrietty$104,800-37%183-46$573$18,450,5127Disney
25Big Miracle$96,060-23%170-54$565$20,113,9659Universal
26The Descendants$87,802-40%118-81$744$82,436,57820Fox Searchlight
27Wanderlust$74,225-47%116-119$640$17,255,6756Universal
28The Grey$61,399-48%2040$301$51,475,17210Open Road
29Red Tails$59,764-19%101-30$592$49,703,34211Fox
30One For the Money$37,287-49%102-49$366$26,370,44810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid: Redemption$270,49627%4632$5,880$582,4422Sony Pictures Classics
2Footnote$240,18254%6037$4,003$605,5064Sony Pictures Classics
3Jiro Dreams of Sushi$193,54110%4417$4,399$665,8274Magnolia Pictures
4The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$164,40933%5019$3,288$338,0162Music Box Films
5The Kid With A Bike$135,30229%3713$3,657$349,1133IFC Films
6Bully (2012)$116,472--5--$23,294$116,4721Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$103,875-3%400$2,597$17,664,16352Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Love in the Buff$91,233--10--$9,123$91,2331China Lion Film
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$76,4439099%5957$1,296$47,359,06512Disney
10Hubble 3D$69,91233%19-4$3,680$31,741,956107Warner Bros. / IMAX
11We Need to Talk About Kevin$67,401-30%67-13$1,006$1,462,67717Oscilloscope
12War Horse$60,649-35%96-74$632$79,781,90715Disney / DreamWorks
13Goon$49,076--31--$1,583$4,049,1101Magnolia / Magnet
14In Darkness$44,576-26%49-2$910$862,2658Sony Pictures Classics
15Pina$43,161-33%33-18$1,308$3,372,44615IFC Films
16Being Flynn$42,268-44%40-33$1,057$480,0255Focus
17Intruders$40,746--33--$1,235$40,7461Millennium Entertainment
18Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$38,931-34%120$3,244$5,198,114993D Entertainment
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$37,776-28%55-31$687$186,830,66916Warner Bros.
20Gone$34,179-56%61-122$560$11,586,8166Summit
21Undefeated$31,73416%16-1$1,983$424,2827Weinstein Company
22Under the Sea 3D$28,097-19%142$2,007$30,990,917164Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$24,180-50%30-44$806$43,271,5878Fox
24The Salt of Life$24,118260%106$2,412$147,9295Zeitgeist Films
25Thin Ice$24,068-15%30-9$802$691,8467IDP/ATO Pictures
26Albert Nobbs$22,486-26%29-15$775$2,928,90210Roadside Attractions
27W.E.$19,1483%213$912$490,7919Weinstein Company
28Coriolanus$18,245-20%16-3$1,140$599,64511Weinstein Company
29Detachment$17,175--15--$1,145$45,2523Tribeca Film
30Boy$16,8518%92$1,872$115,4435Paladin
31The Island President$13,998--2--$6,999$17,9031IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32Rampart$13,635-55%30-37$455$856,6708Millennium Entertainment
33Shame$13,273-8%14-2$948$3,968,51818Fox Searchlight
34Gerhard Richter Painting$11,394-48%5-1$2,279$83,2903Kino Lorber
35Musical Chairs$10,62517%123$885$23,7662Paladin
36Turn Me On, Dammit!$10,145--2--$5,073$10,1451New Yorker Films
37The Muppets$8,464-32%21-14$403$88,625,92219Disney
38A Dangerous Method$7,885-73%20-27$394$5,673,60719Sony Pictures Classics
39My Week with Marilyn$7,252-45%12-32$604$14,597,40519Weinstein Company
40The Flowers of War$6,718--3--$2,239$291,94511Wrekin Hill Entertainment
41The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$6,7001437%10$6,700$12,3624The Film Desk
42The Women on the 6th Floor$5,531-10%4-1$1,383$674,61026Strand Releasing
43Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$4,568-28%11-3$415$188,3395Magnolia Pictures
44Seeking Justice$3,871-88%8-66$484$410,8193Anchor Bay Films
45On the Ice$3,852306%21$1,926$55,6347PMK*BNC
46Natural Selection$3,683-14%31$1,228$23,2273Cinema Guild
47Let The Bullets Fly$3,438-55%3-4$1,146$56,6735Variance Films
48Carnage (2011)$3,139-1%123$262$2,540,64116Sony Pictures Classics
49The Forgiveness of Blood$3,113-51%6-3$519$113,5186IFC Films
50Free Men$3,077-68%2-2$1,539$30,9023Film Movement
514:44 Last Day on Earth$2,971-64%1-2$2,971$15,7382IFC Films
52The Trouble with Bliss$2,160-53%21$1,080$7,83427A Productions
53Le Havre$2,018445%32$673$607,52124Janus Films
54The FP$1,892-64%5-3$378$33,7773Drafthouse Films
55Addiction Incorporated$1,721238%10$1,721$39,97416Variance Films
56Love$1,670-52%1-3$1,670$307,4047China Lion Film
57Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,639--2--$820$91,64513Cinema Guild
58Sing Your Song$1,532157%20$766$42,58912S2BN Films
59The Turin Horse$1,481-44%1-1$1,481$35,5788Cinema Guild
60The Beat Hotel$1,458--1--$1,458$1,4581First Run Features
61I Kissed A Vampire$1,380--11--$125$1,3801Monterey Media
62Starry, Starry Night$1,013-56%21$507$4,3752China Lion Film
63Ranchero$987--1--$987$21,15038Indican Pictures
64Around June$956-48%10$956$9,1023Indican Pictures
65Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$933-83%2-4$467$899,63639International Film Circuit
66Attenberg$813--1--$813$9,8394Strand Releasing
67The Understudy$630-69%10$630$8,6693Indican Pictures
68Falling Away$612-55%10$612$10,6305Indican Pictures
69Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$608--1--$608$302,29024Submarine Deluxe
70Sound of Noise$538-91%1-4$538$23,1584Magnolia Pictures
71Reuniting The Rubins$507-84%2-2$254$7,0223Monterey Media
72Kung Fu Joe$392-2%10$392$14,7528Indican Pictures
73The Fairy$338-40%10$338$7,3116Kino Lorber
74Khodorkovsky$27770%10$277$39,05418Kino Lorber
75Windfall$246--1--$246$5,0979First Run Features
76Art Is... The Permanent Revolution$98--1--$98$3,9825First Run Features