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, Jun. 8 - Sun, Jun. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$60,316,738--4,258--$14,166$60,316,7381Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$51,050,101--3,396--$15,032$51,050,1011Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$23,058,790-59%3,7774$6,105$98,537,4752Universal
4Men in Black 3$13,895,720-51%3,792-456$3,664$135,901,0943Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$11,249,738-45%3,129-541$3,595$572,300,4636Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,267,156-27%1,2984$2,517$31,040,7356Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,788,226-37%2,087-820$1,336$35,823,5984Lionsgate
8Battleship$2,276,410-55%1,954-1190$1,165$59,820,2154Universal
9The Dictator$2,242,563-52%1,651-998$1,358$55,281,1034Paramount
10Dark Shadows$1,410,207-62%1,550-1452$910$73,785,8405Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$832,424-73%1,180-1253$705$16,942,6853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,072,213-32%751-348$1,428$400,272,53512Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$928,321-51%642-115$1,446$3,522,5182ARC Entertainment
3Bernie$820,177-9%33230$2,470$4,840,4077Millennium Entertainment
4The Lucky One (2012)$355,91210%402-2$885$59,477,8128Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$342,921-7%303-54$1,132$63,477,02711Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$337,855-1%290-25$1,165$212,028,51015Universal
7Think Like a Man$333,881-50%287-222$1,163$90,313,4228Sony / Screen Gems
8The Three Stooges$255,804-5%245-40$1,044$43,122,9729Fox
921 Jump Street$252,130-33%258-72$977$137,634,84913Sony / Columbia
10Crooked Arrows$218,061-66%278-49$784$1,557,8984Branded/Peck Films
11Rowdy Rathore$143,033-63%100-20$1,430$654,3522UTV Communications
12The Pirates! Band of Misfits$138,811-78%317-268$438$28,971,7057Sony / Columbia
13The Five-Year Engagement$121,625-32%175-43$695$28,490,2257Universal
14Wrath of the Titans$104,684-33%150-55$698$83,411,36111Warner Bros.
15Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$93,963-26%126-29$746$103,547,48318Warner Bros. / New Line
16John Carter$89,840-34%102-51$881$72,884,43514Disney
17Chimpanzee$65,481-59%155-114$422$28,299,1208Disneynature
18The Cabin in the Woods$62,613-44%113-23$554$41,290,3059Lionsgate
19Safe (2012)$54,280-48%111-64$489$17,051,4687Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,559,67078%9680$16,247$3,731,0013Focus
2The Intouchables$385,16820%7727$5,002$1,014,6103Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$171,083-19%511$3,355$3,180,1658Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hysteria$148,395-13%8419$1,767$688,4324Sony Pictures Classics
5Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$105,960--31--$3,418$105,9601IFC Films
6Safety Not Guaranteed$97,762--9--$10,862$97,7621FilmDistrict
7Headhunters$68,800-35%609$1,147$861,1747Magnolia Pictures
8Monsieur Lazhar$51,278-35%48-11$1,068$1,689,71833Music Box Films
9Born to Be Wild 3D$49,200-17%330$1,491$19,354,15162Warner Bros. / IMAX
10First Position$48,279-45%52-6$928$784,8706IFC Films
11Darling Companion$44,949-26%51-12$881$693,7488Sony Pictures Classics
12Deadly Renovations$42,588--13--$3,276$42,5881Nocturnal Features
13Where Do We Go Now?$39,493-50%31-6$1,274$322,2675Sony Pictures Classics
14Bel Ami$38,018--16--$2,376$38,0181Magnolia Pictures
15Piranha 3DD$36,910-80%78-8$473$315,3742Weinstein Company
16Hubble 3D$36,07810%16-3$2,255$33,002,575117Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Lola Versus$31,815--4--$7,954$31,8151Fox Searchlight
18Girl in Progress$30,473-6%577$535$2,556,0845Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Jiro Dreams of Sushi$26,003-21%25-4$1,040$2,386,04314Magnolia Pictures
20Marley$25,884-18%27-8$959$1,299,9828Magnolia Pictures
21Hardflip$22,327-55%12-10$1,861$77,0292Rocky Mountain Pictures
22Footnote$22,24045%252$890$1,944,87514Sony Pictures Classics
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,107-7%100$1,911$5,625,4441093D Entertainment
24Double Trouble$17,978--12--$1,498$17,9781China Lion Film
25Bully (2012)$16,542-26%31-57$534$3,463,48911Weinstein Company
26Elena (2012)$14,37634%137$1,106$73,3554Zeitgeist Films
27The Raven$14,169-26%34-27$417$15,817,3077Relativity Media
28The Artist$14,115-53%36-51$392$44,650,53729Weinstein Company
29Dark Horse$13,551--1--$13,551$13,5511Vitagraph
30Damsels in Distress$13,515-19%18-2$751$869,09010Sony Pictures Classics
31Under the Sea 3D$13,337-40%161$834$31,622,768174Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Polisse$12,227-58%8-13$1,528$157,3944IFC Films
33We Have a Pope$11,282-32%14-2$806$480,92610IFC Films
34I Wish$9,987-11%102$999$65,0965Magnolia Pictures
35Sound of My Voice$8,564-70%24-24$357$386,4957Fox Searchlight
36OC87$7,823223%54$1,565$20,7003Fisher Klingenstein Films
375 Broken Cameras$7,73616%10$7,736$22,7872Kino Lorber
38Cartas a Elena$7,711--12--$643$7,7111Freestyle Releasing
39October Baby$6,91648%8-1$865$5,355,84733IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
40Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$6,898-48%20$3,449$99,6415Rialto Pictures
41The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$6,61016%7-3$944$1,079,43712Music Box Films
42Paul Williams Still Alive$6,116--1--$6,116$6,1161Abramorama
43Oslo, August 31st$5,583-58%50$1,117$42,7413Strand Releasing
44The Kid With A Bike$5,319-65%8-14$665$1,384,74913IFC Films
456 Month Rule$5,108160%32$1,703$7,6532Secret Identity Productions
46This Means War$5,065-58%9-16$563$54,758,46117Fox
47God Bless America$4,868-49%9-2$541$102,3385Magnolia / Magnet
48Nobody Else But You$4,4162381%21$2,208$11,6685First Run Features
49FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$4,115-25%60$686$84,0256International Film Circuit
50Battlefield America$4,000-96%11-177$364$169,0002Cinedigm Entertainment
51Elles$3,70017%62$617$134,7787Kino Lorber
52The Raid: Redemption$3,6078%81$451$4,096,39912Sony Pictures Classics
53Beyond the Black Rainbow$3,55915%51$712$23,1554Magnolia / Magnet
54A Separation$3,205-45%4-5$801$7,095,62424Sony Pictures Classics
55High School$2,986-96%4-196$747$136,0812Anchor Bay Films
56Inventing Our Life$2,877--2--$1,439$14,4137First Run Features
57The Perfect Family$2,80914%41$702$103,0756Variance Films
58Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,463-9%30$821$7,3532First Run Features
59Corpo Celeste$2,263--1--$2,263$2,2631Film Movement
60Friends With Kids$2,020-29%5-3$404$7,250,08714Roadside Attractions
61The Fairy$1,965-31%2-1$983$30,92416Kino Lorber
62Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$1,910-17%20$955$8,6213Music Box Films
63Cowgirls n' Angels$1,776-89%2-30$888$119,7823IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
64We Won't Grow Old Together$1,677--1--$1,677$2,8331The Film Desk
65Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$1,636227%86$205$100,6365Magnolia Pictures
66Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,546-73%1-2$1,546$84,12211New Yorker Films
67Surviving Progress$1,420-58%40$355$43,75510First Run Features
68Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$1,344--1--$1,344$21,4406New Yorker Films
69Found Memories$1,301-66%10$1,301$7,4892Film Movement
70The Women on the 6th Floor$1,201-62%2-1$601$717,73736Strand Releasing
71Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,18411%3-1$395$8,8624Music Box Films
72Crazy Wisdom$1,149--1--$1,149$68,34829Alive Mind Cinema
73Hit So Hard$1,132--2--$566$30,4029Variance Films
74The Hunter (2012)$1,055-60%4-3$264$176,43210Magnolia Pictures
75Patagonia Rising$981--1--$981$9811First Run Features
76Hide Away$981-94%2-3$491$20,2103Joule Films
77Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$922-33%1-1$922$140,04123Cinema Guild
78The Color Wheel$890--1--$890$10,5934Cinema Conservancy
79This Is Not A Film$888-54%1-3$888$67,61415Palisades Tartan
80The Turin Horse$812-12%21$406$48,75018Cinema Guild
81The Salt of Life$757167%10$757$307,64115Zeitgeist Films
82Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$656-87%30$219$6,9632First Run Features
83How To Grow A Band$59975%21$300$11,0919International Film Circuit
84Gerhard Richter Painting$446-61%1-2$446$188,61613Kino Lorber
85Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$231--1--$231$5,1234First Run Features
86Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$216-71%10$216$6,7115Long Shot Factory
87Payback (2012)$20624%10$206$12,9627Zeitgeist Films
88Keyhole$42-97%1-1$42$21,65110Monterey Media