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, Jun. 1 - Sun, Jun. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$56,217,700--3,773--$14,900$56,217,7001Universal
2Men in Black 3$28,075,210-49%4,2480$6,609$111,078,7632Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$20,486,418-44%3,670-248$5,582$552,950,3985Disney
4Battleship$5,092,295-54%3,144-558$1,620$55,405,1453Universal
5The Dictator$4,702,004-49%2,649-365$1,775$50,812,3643Paramount
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,483,083-30%1,29461$3,465$25,379,6885Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$4,408,741-38%2,907-114$1,517$30,702,1003Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$3,703,205-51%3,002-402$1,234$70,677,0464Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$3,127,107-61%2,4330$1,285$14,498,2212Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$1,567,186-32%1,099-322$1,426$398,340,93411Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$1,885,608--757--$2,491$1,885,6081ARC Entertainment
2Bernie$897,7173%302108$2,973$3,611,1176Millennium Entertainment
3Think Like a Man$671,479-54%509-277$1,319$89,713,2487Sony / Screen Gems
4Crooked Arrows$632,423360%327260$1,934$1,155,3353Branded/Peck Films
5The Pirates! Band of Misfits$630,622-42%585-299$1,078$28,560,4046Sony / Columbia
6Rowdy Rathore$381,784--120--$3,182$381,7841UTV Communications
721 Jump Street$376,391-43%330-34$1,141$137,181,72312Sony / Columbia
8Mirror Mirror$368,669-24%357-65$1,033$62,911,80810Relativity Media
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$340,200-28%315-75$1,080$211,485,86014Universal
10The Lucky One (2012)$323,193-43%404-211$800$58,969,1117Warner Bros.
11The Three Stooges$269,381-16%285-40$945$42,746,8128Fox
12The Five-Year Engagement$179,845-39%218-56$825$28,284,6006Universal
13Chimpanzee$159,852-49%269-99$594$28,116,6767Disneynature
14Wrath of the Titans$156,016-33%205-50$761$83,221,76810Warner Bros.
15John Carter$136,834-45%153-22$894$72,724,71513Disney
16Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$126,779-28%155-20$818$103,346,20817Warner Bros. / New Line
17Battlefield America$113,882--188--$606$113,8821Cinedigm Entertainment
18The Cabin in the Woods$111,925-36%136-67$823$41,164,3408Lionsgate
19Safe (2012)$104,08067%17563$595$16,940,7926Lionsgate
20High School$82,740--200--$414$82,7401Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$876,88168%1612$54,805$1,737,0932Focus
2The Intouchables$321,951211%5046$6,439$488,5632Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$210,470-7%500$4,209$2,780,5007Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Piranha 3DD$182,237--86--$2,119$182,2371Weinstein Company
5Hysteria$171,19824%6533$2,634$454,8953Sony Pictures Classics
6Headhunters$105,249-16%516$2,064$749,7576Magnolia Pictures
7First Position$87,002-42%582$1,500$685,1715IFC Films
8Where Do We Go Now?$79,65937%3712$2,153$246,0744Sony Pictures Classics
9Monsieur Lazhar$78,375-31%59-6$1,328$1,596,21832Music Box Films
10Darling Companion$60,535-6%632$961$619,7307Sony Pictures Classics
11Born to Be Wild 3D$59,081-9%33-1$1,790$19,224,29661Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Hardflip$49,879--22--$2,267$49,8791Rocky Mountain Pictures
13Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$48,884-43%60-27$815$9,025,10713CBS Films
14A Cat In Paris$34,554--6--$5,759$34,5541GKIDS
15Titanic 3D$34,0682%5210$655$57,859,4199Paramount
16Hubble 3D$32,873-48%191$1,730$32,911,654116Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Jiro Dreams of Sushi$32,811-26%29-6$1,131$2,337,69613Magnolia Pictures
18Girl in Progress$32,436-75%50-93$649$2,511,8884Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Marley$31,662-55%35-18$905$1,249,5587Magnolia Pictures
20The Artist$30,063159%8767$346$44,615,35528Weinstein Company
21Polisse$29,034-37%217$1,383$131,8633IFC Films
22Sound of My Voice$28,187-25%486$587$361,5376Fox Searchlight
23Bully (2012)$22,347-47%88-16$254$3,389,32310Weinstein Company
24Under the Sea 3D$22,283-30%15-5$1,486$31,571,597173Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$20,611-7%100$2,061$5,595,1351083D Entertainment
26The Raven$19,167-68%61-50$314$15,791,1066Relativity Media
27Damsels in Distress$16,76541%209$838$847,8879Sony Pictures Classics
28We Have a Pope$16,709-42%16-6$1,044$461,3139IFC Films
29Cowgirls n' Angels$15,757-71%32-18$492$107,0262IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
30Footnote$15,304-23%23-8$665$1,915,56313Sony Pictures Classics
31Hide Away$15,208--5--$3,042$16,5222Joule Films
32The Kid With A Bike$15,050-9%222$684$1,371,30112IFC Films
33Oslo, August 31st$13,25239%53$2,650$29,8522Strand Releasing
34Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$13,214-10%2-1$6,607$90,5854Rialto Pictures
35This Means War$11,987-56%25-19$479$54,746,72516Fox
36I Wish$11,2276%83$1,403$50,2364Magnolia Pictures
37Elena (2012)$10,745-27%64$1,791$52,8233Zeitgeist Films
38God Bless America$9,547-13%11-4$868$91,6844Magnolia / Magnet
39The Secret World of Arrietty$8,943-51%16-10$559$19,192,51016Disney
405 Broken Cameras$6,674--1--$6,674$8,5861Kino Lorber
41A Separation$5,834-34%9-1$648$7,088,89823Sony Pictures Classics
42Turn Me On, Dammit!$5,75254%31$1,917$79,22010New Yorker Films
43The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,697-46%10-9$570$1,070,34711Music Box Films
44FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$5,501-38%6-3$917$76,9455International Film Circuit
45Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$5,026--3--$1,675$5,0261First Run Features
46Act of Valor$4,993-39%19-20$263$70,011,07315Relativity Media
47October Baby$4,685-15%9-7$521$5,343,99632IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
48Chronicle$3,984-60%10-10$398$64,572,49618Fox
49Found Memories$3,874--1--$3,874$3,8741Film Movement
50Surviving Progress$3,38972%42$847$40,5469First Run Features
51The Raid: Redemption$3,336-57%7-5$477$4,089,94311Sony Pictures Classics
52The Women on the 6th Floor$3,18397%31$1,061$715,12635Strand Releasing
53Elles$3,170-67%4-4$793$128,8356Kino Lorber
54Beyond the Black Rainbow$3,1058%42$776$17,2673Magnolia / Magnet
55Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,013-50%14-8$215$133,103,92925Fox
56Friends With Kids$2,862-54%8-1$358$7,245,73213Roadside Attractions
57The Fairy$2,8321715%32$944$27,14015Kino Lorber
58Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,721--3--$907$2,7211First Run Features
59The Hunter (2012)$2,654147%74$379$173,6239Magnolia Pictures
60Undefeated$2,548-36%60$425$561,05416Weinstein Company
61The Perfect Family$2,472-60%3-3$824$98,2655Variance Films
62OC87$2,419-58%10$2,419$12,1642Fisher Klingenstein Films
63Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$2,3134%21$1,157$5,4782Music Box Films
64Red Tails$2,07333%5-2$415$49,875,58920Fox
656 Month Rule$1,963--1--$1,963$1,9631Secret Identity Productions
66This Is Not A Film$1,929--4--$482$66,72614Palisades Tartan
67Whores' Glory$1,498-54%1-1$1,498$19,3536Kino Lorber
68Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,376-63%20$688$138,73022Cinema Guild
69Keyhole$1,210-34%2-3$605$21,4909Monterey Media
70Gerhard Richter Painting$1,133-43%30$378$188,17112Kino Lorber
71Attenberg$1,098--1--$1,098$22,74113Strand Releasing
72Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,066-54%41$267$7,2603Music Box Films
73The Beat Hotel$1,049--1--$1,049$5,43010First Run Features
74Sing Your Song$1,003--1--$1,003$47,71821S2BN Films
75Virginia$960-37%20$480$12,7283Entertainment One Films
76The Turin Horse$922-2%10$922$48,86017Cinema Guild
77Jesus Henry Christ$869-31%20$435$20,1847Entertainment One Films
78Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$745-36%10$745$6,3024Long Shot Factory
79The Whale$659--1--$659$81,21239Paladin
80Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$501-45%2-5$251$98,7934Magnolia Pictures
81How To Grow A Band$342--1--$342$10,3768International Film Circuit
82The Salt of Life$284-95%1-3$284$304,93814Zeitgeist Films
83Apartment 143$256--1--$256$2561Magnolia / Magnet
84Nobody Else But You$178-54%10$178$7,2524First Run Features
85Blue Like Jazz$168-66%1-2$168$594,9048Roadside Attractions
86Payback (2012)$166-54%10$166$12,4646Zeitgeist Films