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, Jul. 27 - Sun, Jul. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$62,101,451-61%4,4040$14,101$287,112,8102Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,352,646-35%3,869-17$3,451$114,899,8603Fox
3The Watch$12,750,297--3,168--$4,025$12,750,2971Fox
4Step Up Revolution$11,731,708--2,567--$4,570$11,731,7081Lionsgate / Summit
5Ted (2012)$7,353,150-27%3,129-85$2,350$193,618,7505Universal
6The Amazing Spider-Man$6,701,111-38%3,160-593$2,121$241,953,7214Sony / Columbia
7Brave$4,305,153-29%2,551-348$1,688$217,329,6726Disney
8Magic Mike$2,619,128-39%2,075-531$1,262$107,625,9835Warner Bros.
9Savages$1,838,215-46%1,414-922$1,300$43,983,7854Universal
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$1,308,870-42%1,111-429$1,178$62,736,1675Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,434,904-22%853-42$1,682$38,641,40310Focus
2To Rome with Love$1,000,279-30%492-60$2,033$12,910,1216Sony Pictures Classics
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$926,04621%20879$4,452$4,206,9365Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$900,570-33%808-453$1,115$209,570,9708Paramount / DreamWorks
5Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$550,177-52%606-517$908$24,136,0744Paramount
6The Hunger Games$518,940185%310120$1,674$405,882,32319Lionsgate
7The Intouchables$517,51965%194103$2,668$7,774,08710Weinstein Company
8Marvel's The Avengers$512,958-17%373-122$1,375$615,996,80913Disney
9Snow White and the Huntsman$394,050-8%355-54$1,110$153,261,2859Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$335,342-20%276-12$1,215$44,471,60613Fox Searchlight
11Dark Shadows$287,229-76%222-190$1,294$79,350,52912Warner Bros.
12Prometheus$203,937-34%229-83$891$125,521,8568Fox
13Men in Black 3$183,968-29%187-79$984$175,842,48810Sony / Columbia
14Safety Not Guaranteed$168,8597%14925$1,133$3,202,1268FilmDistrict
15Rock of Ages$160,723-43%302-20$532$38,289,2097Warner Bros. / New Line
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$158,049-14%197-69$802$36,778,6146Fox
17People Like Us$112,945-31%165-62$685$12,042,0355Disney / DreamWorks
18Battleship$94,510-25%140-32$675$65,173,16011Universal
19The Pirates! Band of Misfits$81,778-28%151-38$542$30,906,70114Sony / Columbia
20What to Expect When You're Expecting$69,299-39%139-53$499$41,102,17111Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$190,5862%520$3,665$6,410,89115Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$140,822--13--$10,832$180,6581Fox Searchlight
3The Queen of Versailles$136,297166%2320$5,926$221,3942Magnolia Pictures
4Bernie$135,157-16%99-5$1,365$8,593,77114Millennium Entertainment
5Farewell, My Queen$132,322--33--$4,010$367,8463Cohen Media Group
6Take This Waltz$84,033-36%64-5$1,313$981,3135Magnolia Pictures
7Cocktail (2012)$59,918-65%960$624$1,170,2253Eros International
8Born to Be Wild 3D$56,639-8%330$1,716$20,212,75969Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Trishna$53,01226%3822$1,395$158,0723IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$52,0685%11-2$4,733$33,844,318124Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Your Sister's Sister$50,027-25%62-3$807$1,443,8677IFC Films
12The Three Stooges$44,253-17%39-14$1,135$44,239,90916Fox
13Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$41,104--5--$8,221$41,1041IFC Films
142016: Obama's America$39,45919%62$6,577$135,2283Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Killer Joe$36,980--3--$12,327$36,9801LD Entertainment
16For Greater Glory$36,78664%8956$413$5,608,8239ARC Entertainment
17The Well-Digger's Daughter$31,298205%118$2,845$48,9282Kino Lorber
18Searching For Sugar Man$27,459--3--$9,153$27,4591Sony Pictures Classics
19Under the Sea 3D$25,5258%7-1$3,646$31,991,680181Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Bol Bachchan$24,984-64%24-22$1,041$1,216,2584Fox International Pictures
21Shut Up and Play the Hits$23,417--15--$1,561$453,6092Oscilloscope
22Easy Money (2012)$21,91049%53$4,382$83,5143Weinstein Company
23Klown$19,683--3--$6,561$19,6831Drafthouse Films
24Neil Young Journeys$18,2826%165$1,143$111,9665Sony Pictures Classics
25Dark Horse$15,97325%100$1,597$124,6058Vitagraph
26Sacrifice$15,243--11--$1,386$15,2431IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
27Mirror Mirror$14,913-48%56-3$266$64,868,69218Relativity Media
28Damsels in Distress$14,368-32%17-42$845$996,09317Sony Pictures Classics
29Chimpanzee$14,022-66%40-40$351$28,944,12315Disneynature
30Runaway Slave$13,8001752%43$3,450$25,9014Rocky Mountain Pictures
31Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$13,123-18%100$1,312$5,846,6241163D Entertainment
32The Imposter$12,14819%21$6,074$59,5393Indomina Releasing
33Headhunters$10,510-39%11-6$955$1,172,53914Magnolia Pictures
34The Magic of Belle Isle$10,111-35%103$1,011$65,6364Magnolia Pictures
35Where Do We Go Now?$9,4003%8-4$1,175$509,67512Sony Pictures Classics
36A Cat In Paris$9,180-32%12-6$765$255,8819GKIDS
37Home Run Showdown$8,824--1--$8,824$8,8241Image Entertainment
38Hysteria$8,622-62%19-16$454$1,725,11811Sony Pictures Classics
39Monsieur Lazhar$7,598-11%7-1$1,085$1,949,15540Music Box Films
40Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$6,909-37%32$2,303$23,9072Tribeca Film
41I Wish$6,748195%4-1$1,687$132,41412Magnolia Pictures
42The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,049-8%21$2,525$1,117,94819Music Box Films
43Elena (2012)$4,590-62%5-2$918$186,22811Zeitgeist Films
44Union Square (2012)$3,36633%31$1,122$31,9093Dada Films
45Marley$3,05455%31$1,018$1,401,99315Magnolia Pictures
46Jiro Dreams of Sushi$2,905-42%4-1$726$2,533,62121Magnolia Pictures
47Kumare$2,79325%20$1,397$64,0496Kino Lorber
48Darling Companion$2,382-3%71$340$780,58115Sony Pictures Classics
49Crazy Wisdom$2,350-36%20$1,175$83,10236Alive Mind Cinema
50Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,134162%31$711$22,5689First Run Features
51Unforgivable$2,101-77%30$700$96,1955Strand Releasing
52Planet of Snail$2,011--1--$2,011$2,6471Cinema Guild
53Ballplayer: Pelotero$1,986-66%4-1$497$40,6343Strand Releasing
54Bel Ami$1,887-9%21$944$119,9198Magnolia Pictures
55Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,86067%3-1$620$56,12911Magnolia / Magnet
56Oslo, August 31st$1,679-28%32$560$68,69910Strand Releasing
57Paul Williams Still Alive$1,67641%21$838$37,6498Abramorama
58The Obama Effect$1,653-77%2-19$827$110,2513ARC Entertainment
59Red Lights (2012)$1,372-48%1-1$1,372$20,1613Millennium Entertainment
60Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,368--3--$456$65,9437Music Box Films
61FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$1,361489%20$681$111,12313International Film Circuit
62Turn Me On, Dammit!$766-57%20$383$117,89618New Yorker Films
635 Broken Cameras$728--1--$728$61,1869Kino Lorber
64Bonsai$487--1--$487$17,88012Strand Releasing
65OC87$472--1--$472$37,21510Fisher Klingenstein Films
66Alps$393-50%10$393$5,9813Kino Lorber
67Nobody Else But You$348-1%10$348$24,97312First Run Features
68Payback (2012)$325-55%10$325$17,76914Zeitgeist Films
69The Color Wheel$324-38%1-1$324$16,42211Cinema Conservancy
70Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$319--2--$160$17,3469First Run Features
71The Invisible War$200-96%1-3$200$49,6996Cinedigm
72The Fairy$166--1--$166$38,39923Kino Lorber
7330 Beats$106-99%2-13$53$14,6862Roadside Attractions