'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, Sep. 7 - Sun, Sep. 9

Wide (1000+)

1The Possession$9,317,472-47%2,83418$3,288$33,166,5822Lionsgate
2Lawless$6,007,036-40%3,138250$1,914$23,525,4552Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$4,951,899-45%3,260-74$1,519$75,619,0384Lionsgate
4The Words$4,750,894--2,801--$1,696$4,750,8941CBS Films
6The Bourne Legacy$3,969,330-45%2,766-365$1,435$103,628,8255Universal
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$3,650,158-42%2,71782$1,343$43,007,2084Disney
8The Campaign$3,377,189-41%2,542-399$1,329$79,320,6215Warner Bros.
92016: Obama's America$3,309,422-41%2,017270$1,641$26,115,7179Rocky Mountain Pictures
10The Dark Knight Rises$3,218,189-47%1,987-200$1,620$437,782,4828Warner Bros.
11Hope Springs (2012)$2,800,217-40%2,437-4$1,149$57,519,6565Sony / Columbia
12Premium Rush$2,311,414-42%2,182-73$1,059$16,743,1043Sony / Columbia
13The Cold Light of Day$1,831,588--1,511--$1,212$1,831,5881Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$1,077,146-58%1,810-1060$595$12,503,7503Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$786,181-59%1,209-496$650$621,414,62719Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$1,673,731--267--$6,269$1,673,7311Paramount
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$834,216-36%763-273$1,093$157,173,6609Fox
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$817,491-42%931-273$878$46,742,1006Fox
4Sparkle (2012)$780,085-56%873-384$894$23,374,1624Sony / TriStar
6The Amazing Spider-Man$565,880-39%416-85$1,360$260,571,24110Sony / Columbia
7Ted (2012)$548,730-32%515-46$1,065$216,858,06011Universal
8Robot & Frank$505,598-27%20258$2,503$2,014,0274IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9Total Recall (2012)$467,562-46%502-254$931$57,627,6936Sony / Columbia
10Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$380,983-40%345-160$1,104$215,240,16514Paramount / DreamWorks
11Beasts of the Southern Wild$358,952-32%2692$1,334$10,272,09111Fox Searchlight
12Celeste and Jesse Forever$352,037-51%441-145$798$2,610,5116Sony Pictures Classics
13The Intouchables$302,504-20%19419$1,559$11,555,46416Weinstein Company
14Branded$240,589--307--$784$240,5891Roadside Attractions
15Moonrise Kingdom$229,830-33%2003$1,149$44,640,04816Focus
16Step Up Revolution$190,638-34%198-38$963$34,484,1027Lionsgate / Summit
17The Apparition$173,841-73%276-534$630$4,739,3623Warner Bros.
18The Watch$149,098-35%135-60$1,104$33,998,9007Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$143,610-22%167-12$860$65,483,07911Lionsgate
20Men in Black 3$128,715-32%173-13$744$179,020,85416Sony / Columbia
21Magic Mike$92,919-41%202-66$460$113,578,73711Warner Bros.
22The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$82,338-17%1149$722$46,083,01919Fox Searchlight
23The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$43,854-90%281-1879$156$1,029,0502Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

1Sleepwalk With Me$280,359-13%7344$3,841$816,3073IFC Films
2For A Good Time, Call...$215,98550%5633$3,857$450,0042Focus
5Searching For Sugar Man$114,455-19%331$3,468$892,5967Sony Pictures Classics
6To Rome with Love$107,252-27%973$1,106$16,316,77612Sony Pictures Classics
7The Queen of Versailles$104,761-36%73-14$1,435$2,011,3668Magnolia Pictures
8To the Arctic 3D$78,788-50%520$1,515$8,395,13521Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Imposter$68,243-13%27-4$2,528$601,2129Indomina Releasing
10Keep the Lights On$55,574--5--$11,115$55,5741Music Box Films
11Ruby Sparks$54,889-39%76-2$722$2,373,0737Fox Searchlight
122 Days In New York$50,558-44%34-8$1,487$519,6575Magnolia Pictures
13Cosmopolis$43,537-51%45-20$967$702,8424Entertainment One Films
14Farewell, My Queen$37,456-37%360$1,040$1,251,7369Cohen Media Group
15Safety Not Guaranteed$35,010-12%546$648$3,876,51914FilmDistrict
16Compliance$34,300-37%212$1,633$231,3634Magnolia Pictures
17Little White Lies$33,106-23%142$2,365$137,8193MPI Media
19Red Hook Summer$27,837-47%29-12$960$300,4585Variance Films
20The Eye of the Storm$25,785--7--$3,684$25,7851Sycamore Entertainment
21Born to Be Wild 3D$24,731-49%330$749$20,816,62475Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Hello I Must Be Going$23,904--2--$11,952$23,9041Oscilloscope
23The Bullet Vanishes$22,461-48%13-1$1,728$91,1972China Lion Film
24Hubble 3D$21,963-49%173$1,292$34,385,498130Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Toys in the Attic$19,913--27--$738$19,9131Hannover House
26Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,632-60%39-10$478$37,498,90612Fox
27Joker$17,725-83%43-31$412$163,0702UTV Communications
28Detropia$17,414--1--$17,414$17,4141Loki Films
29The Well-Digger's Daughter$16,579-32%13-1$1,275$273,2778Kino Lorber
30Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$15,562-10%246$648$450,0907IFC Films
31Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$14,267-12%100$1,427$6,096,5821223D Entertainment
32Beloved (2012)$14,2290%60$2,372$100,4204IFC Films
33Mugamoodi$13,590-76%17-4$799$90,5762UTV Communications
34Flying Swords of Dragon Gate$13,464-86%3-12$4,488$170,2762Indomina Releasing
35Bernie$13,130-50%18-8$729$9,185,90820Millennium Entertainment
36Unforgivable$12,997401%65$2,166$135,94711Strand Releasing
37Wild Horse, Wild Ride$11,376--5--$2,275$16,2563Screen Media Films
38Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$9,756-36%22-9$443$3,360,7685ARC Entertainment
39Chicken With Plums$9,611-14%52$1,922$115,6924Sony Pictures Classics
40Take This Waltz$7,40717%134$570$1,216,73411Magnolia Pictures
41Girl Model$6,864--1--$6,864$6,8641First Run Features
42Kumare$5,139206%52$1,028$114,09312Kino Lorber
43Hysteria$5,055249%73$722$1,779,16617Sony Pictures Classics
44For Ellen$4,616--1--$4,616$5,7981Tribeca Film
45Neil Young Journeys$4,188-31%10-1$419$193,64211Sony Pictures Classics
46Under the Sea 3D$3,938-83%81$492$32,335,611187Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Painted Skin: The Resurrection$3,897109%32$1,299$44,8884Well Go USA
48The Ambassador$3,773-71%84$472$24,2952Drafthouse Films
49A Cat In Paris$3,543-37%52$709$318,54315GKIDS
50[REC] 3: Genesis$3,001--8--$375$3,0011Magnolia / Magnet
51Neighboring Sounds$2,738-71%1-1$2,738$37,4273Cinema Guild
52Oslo, August 31st$2,215-79%2-5$1,108$97,81116Strand Releasing
53The Awakening (2012)$2,072-77%4-9$518$175,0884Cohen Media Group
54360$2,008-55%52$402$92,7376Magnolia Pictures
55Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,434--1--$1,434$148,69118Rialto Pictures
56The Day$1,281-87%2-10$641$20,5022Anchor Bay Films
57Last Ride$1,245--2--$623$5,48011Music Box Films
58Little Birds$1,222-73%10$1,222$11,5012Millenium Entertainment
59How To Grow A Band$1,056--1--$1,056$16,37422International Film Circuit
60Elena (2012)$1,017-42%1-1$1,017$215,50717Zeitgeist Films
61The Invisible War$696466%21$348$58,49212Cinedigm
62Where Do We Go Now?$656-53%31$219$531,81318Sony Pictures Classics
63OC87$634--2--$317$41,58716Fisher Klingenstein Films
64Easy Money (2012)$603-75%20$302$188,8709Weinstein Company
65Klown$571-65%1-1$571$67,5877Drafthouse Films
66Alps$561--1--$561$8,5939Kino Lorber
67Planet of Snail$531--1--$531$9,1317Cinema Guild
68Ballplayer: Pelotero$459--2--$230$44,6899Strand Releasing
69Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$444-83%21$222$79,81413Music Box Films
70Hermano$403-69%4-4$101$29,3793Music Box Films
71The Turin Horse$358--1--$358$56,09731Cinema Guild
72Elles$206--1--$206$157,42720Kino Lorber
73Turn Me On, Dammit!$200-71%10$200$123,54324New Yorker Films
74Pink Ribbons, Inc.$129--1--$129$26,55815First Run Features