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. 29 - Sun, Jul. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ted (2012)$54,415,205--3,239--$16,800$54,415,2051Universal
2Magic Mike$39,127,170--2,930--$13,354$39,127,1701Warner Bros.
3Brave$34,094,643-49%4,1640$8,188$131,768,3342Disney
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$25,390,575--2,161--$11,749$25,390,5751Lionsgate
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$11,840,276-40%3,715-205$3,187$180,036,7984Paramount / DreamWorks
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$6,009,612-63%3,1091$1,933$29,043,8052Fox
7Prometheus$4,921,254-50%1,951-911$2,522$118,258,1024Fox
8Snow White and the Huntsman$4,498,725-44%2,337-582$1,925$145,684,6455Universal
9Marvel's The Avengers$4,421,671-38%1,757-473$2,517$606,504,7449Disney
10People Like Us$4,255,423--2,055--$2,071$4,255,4231Disney / DreamWorks
11Men in Black 3$2,978,821-48%1,902-560$1,566$169,718,9076Sony / Columbia
12Rock of Ages$2,844,339-63%2,405-1065$1,183$35,025,9063Warner Bros. / New Line
13That's My Boy$2,240,411-71%2,363-667$948$34,419,1593Sony / Columbia
14Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$1,069,393-72%1,608-17$665$6,619,1732Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$4,926,83745%854459$5,769$18,465,9546Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,104,201-32%534-207$2,068$40,425,0959Fox Searchlight
3Battleship$403,480-22%308-175$1,310$63,869,0507Universal
4The Hunger Games$397,145-36%278-136$1,429$403,768,85215Lionsgate
5Dark Shadows$393,40651%36563$1,078$76,280,7648Warner Bros.
6Safety Not Guaranteed$379,324-20%16435$2,313$1,684,0694FilmDistrict
7Bernie$322,981-34%166-54$1,946$7,263,29510Millennium Entertainment
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$281,737337%284169$992$29,587,78310Sony / Columbia
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$154,535-25%202-32$765$213,218,33018Universal
10Think Like a Man$152,401-41%185-53$824$91,345,08811Sony / Screen Gems
11The Dictator$151,644-60%130-186$1,166$59,093,6767Paramount
12What to Expect When You're Expecting$135,293-63%203-208$666$40,135,9807Lionsgate
13Mirror Mirror$120,504-23%166-56$726$64,493,99314Relativity Media
1421 Jump Street$88,401-40%141-19$627$138,447,66716Sony / Columbia
15The Cabin in the Woods$76,435-45%149-47$513$41,943,44512Lionsgate
16The Three Stooges$72,567-36%117-37$620$43,809,32812Fox
17The Lucky One (2012)$65,416-46%115-87$569$60,303,98311Warner Bros.
18Chernobyl Diaries$54,859-60%145-95$378$18,026,4666Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To Rome with Love$692,30092%2924$23,872$1,232,9722Sony Pictures Classics
2The Intouchables$312,716-10%68-6$4,599$2,579,3826Weinstein Company
3Your Sister's Sister$225,31112%9447$2,397$680,3833IFC Films
4To the Arctic 3D$217,8588%520$4,190$4,534,48411Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$169,702--4--$42,426$220,9131Fox Searchlight
6Take This Waltz$137,019--30--$4,567$137,0191Magnolia Pictures
7Teri Meri Kahani$120,857-70%940$1,286$671,4422Eros International
8For Greater Glory$103,541-58%73-87$1,418$5,313,2215ARC Entertainment
9Hysteria$79,153-47%73-63$1,084$1,556,5197Sony Pictures Classics
10Born to Be Wild 3D$58,0159%330$1,758$19,714,88265Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Hubble 3D$57,30715%14-4$4,093$33,338,692120Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$32,711-57%42-22$779$514,8644IFC Films
13A Cat In Paris$29,974186%122$2,498$143,2685GKIDS
14Monsieur Lazhar$28,727-14%20-5$1,436$1,851,67536Music Box Films
15Unforgivable$27,857--5--$5,571$27,8571Strand Releasing
16Headhunters$25,846-32%22-9$1,175$1,043,26510Magnolia Pictures
17Under the Sea 3D$24,57858%121$2,048$31,763,770177Warner Bros. / IMAX
18The Raven$22,027-67%78-55$282$15,983,82910Relativity Media
19Chimpanzee$21,521-57%57-25$378$28,579,27311Disneynature
20Ferrari Ki Sawaari$21,458-69%990$217$420,0463Eros International
21Where Do We Go Now?$14,786-13%213$704$432,6688Sony Pictures Classics
22Jiro Dreams of Sushi$12,307-23%11-4$1,119$2,480,09517Magnolia Pictures
23Neil Young Journeys$12,025--3--$4,008$12,0251Sony Pictures Classics
24Elena (2012)$11,010-23%103$1,101$128,5037Zeitgeist Films
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$10,974-43%100$1,097$5,726,2391123D Entertainment
26Lola Versus$10,830-77%30-20$361$240,4374Fox Searchlight
27Crooked Arrows$10,36114%13-12$797$1,804,7927Branded/Peck Films
28Marley$10,00421%123$834$1,367,90511Magnolia Pictures
29I Wish$9,65825%8-4$1,207$99,0268Magnolia Pictures
30Kumare$7,798-19%21$3,899$34,7632Kino Lorber
31The Invisible War$7,450-55%73$1,064$33,4502Cinedigm
32The Woman in the Fifth$7,026-74%7-4$1,004$99,0923IDP/ATO Pictures
33Damsels in Distress$5,845-58%8-11$731$923,33513Sony Pictures Classics
34Dark Horse$5,165-52%3-5$1,722$62,5914Vitagraph
35Turn Me On, Dammit!$4,950--4--$1,238$98,29714New Yorker Films
36Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$4,788-35%10$4,788$49,8103Music Box Films
37Darling Companion$4,580-64%11-3$416$767,20311Sony Pictures Classics
38FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$4,577-29%5-2$915$101,6399International Film Circuit
39God Bless America$3,86316%83$483$117,1908Magnolia / Magnet
40Grassroots$3,313-49%21$1,657$10,7982IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Paul Williams Still Alive$3,142-69%20$1,571$30,6044Abramorama
42Footnote$3,081-78%5-17$616$2,004,73617Sony Pictures Classics
43Bel Ami$3,065-73%6-7$511$102,1944Magnolia Pictures
44Beyond the Black Rainbow$3,025-48%30$1,008$43,8987Magnolia / Magnet
45Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$2,774-92%1-15$2,774$288,3123Indomina Media
46Gerhard Richter Painting$2,239-65%2-2$1,120$228,60816Kino Lorber
47OC87$2,188153%31$729$33,9556Fisher Klingenstein Films
48Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,15349%41$538$14,6215First Run Features
49Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$2,083-63%1-2$2,083$128,6918Rialto Pictures
50Rowdy Rathore$1,865-84%2-7$933$775,9815UTV Communications
51Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,602--3--$534$10,9537Music Box Films
52Corpo Celeste$1,374--1--$1,374$7,6654Film Movement
53The Turin Horse$1,250102%20$625$52,22521Cinema Guild
54The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$1,246-74%2-5$623$1,099,32415Music Box Films
55Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$1,175--1--$1,175$6,3817First Run Features
56Oslo, August 31st$1,082-81%1-3$1,082$60,7226Strand Releasing
57Last Ride$838--1--$838$8381Music Box Films
58Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$795-48%20$398$14,2275First Run Features
59Hide Away$78070%10$780$26,3666Joule Films
60How To Grow A Band$763--12--$64$12,45112International Film Circuit
61Here$560-24%21$280$26,46412Strand Releasing
62Lost Bohemia$447--1--$447$19,76759Impact Partners
63Elles$419--1--$419$142,03610Kino Lorber
64Bonsai$378--1--$378$16,0288Strand Releasing
65The Raid: Redemption$145-88%3-3$48$4,104,90915Sony Pictures Classics
665 Broken Cameras$135-98%1-5$135$48,6435Kino Lorber
67Nobody Else But You$75-89%1-2$75$17,2858First Run Features