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, Oct. 12 - Sun, Oct. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$21,873,127-56%3,70645$5,902$86,131,9792Fox
2Argo$19,458,109--3,232--$6,020$19,458,1091Warner Bros.
3Sinister$18,007,634--2,527--$7,126$18,007,6341Lionsgate / Summit
4Hotel Transylvania$17,241,317-36%3,37523$5,109$102,133,9343Sony / Columbia
5Here Comes the Boom$11,816,596--3,014--$3,921$11,816,5961Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$9,266,940-38%2,78717$3,325$36,015,4033Universal
7Frankenweenie$7,054,334-38%3,0050$2,348$22,075,0022Disney
8Looper$6,201,665-49%2,605-388$2,381$51,344,0903Sony / TriStar
9Seven Psychopaths$4,174,915--1,480--$2,821$4,174,9151CBS Films
10Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,751,572--1,012--$1,731$1,751,5721Atlas Distribution
11End of Watch$1,702,048-57%1,551-819$1,097$36,374,2234Open Road
12Trouble with the Curve$1,555,388-59%1,812-1191$858$32,773,4974Warner Bros.
13House at the End of the Street$1,310,343-65%1,866-854$702$29,996,3474Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$2,150,06437%726505$2,962$6,135,5094Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$813,379-56%682-182$1,193$13,910,2875Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$511,399-24%465-110$1,100$446,199,99613Warner Bros.
4Brave$469,731193%276154$1,702$234,463,47117Disney
5Finding Nemo 3D$387,942-76%480-1266$808$40,115,1725Disney
6Arbitrage$342,144-47%194-50$1,764$6,653,1495Roadside Attractions
7Resident Evil: Retribution$240,285-79%349-1012$688$41,752,4115Sony / Screen Gems
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$229,297-24%237-63$967$159,818,50714Fox
9Searching For Sugar Man$190,822120%157119$1,215$1,685,69412Sony Pictures Classics
10The Possession$161,024-74%369-452$436$48,732,0487Lionsgate
11The Bourne Legacy$160,460-53%245-237$655$112,582,74010Universal
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$141,692-48%279-255$508$50,466,7479Disney
13Won't Back Down$138,709-86%513-2004$270$5,098,6923Fox
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$122,193-31%176-81$694$48,440,75811Fox
15ParaNorman$109,865-53%176-166$624$54,530,4779Focus
16Dredd 3D$107,349-83%155-676$693$13,157,0454Lionsgate
17Ted (2012)$95,655-35%145-42$660$218,511,80016Universal
18Premium Rush$90,95777%16386$558$20,122,3058Sony / Columbia
19Hope Springs (2012)$87,170-59%215-224$405$63,434,84210Sony / Columbia
20Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$86,625-15%122-33$710$216,366,73319Paramount / DreamWorks
21The Expendables 2$65,968-61%146-167$452$84,501,9589Lionsgate
22Lawless$59,746-82%287-324$208$37,156,1997Weinstein Company
23The Campaign$44,265-75%101-202$438$86,382,82810Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1English Vinglish$437,949-41%880$4,977$1,405,7582Eros International
2The Thieves$136,993--11--$12,454$136,9931Well Go USA
3Samsara$105,507-17%48-4$2,198$1,793,1278Oscilloscope
4The Paperboy$96,111-6%4938$1,961$236,9012Millennium Entertainment
5To the Arctic 3D$87,589-15%520$1,684$9,122,05426Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Middle of Nowhere (2012)$67,909--6--$11,318$67,9091AFFRM
7Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$55,809-34%17-1$3,283$438,8374IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8The Intouchables$54,346-49%59-25$921$12,749,65721Weinstein Company
9The Amazing Spider-Man$50,848-59%73-72$697$262,030,66315Sony / Columbia
10Sleepwalk With Me$48,564-48%58-37$837$2,120,4498IFC Films
11The Oranges$44,207-78%56-54$789$319,4272IDP/ATO Pictures
12Barfi!$37,233-77%34-76$1,095$2,779,1725UTV Communications
13Moonrise Kingdom$35,673-35%56-36$637$45,451,32121Focus
14Hubble 3D$33,748-27%162$2,109$34,697,705135Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Born to Be Wild 3D$28,853-17%30-3$962$21,031,13480Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Other Dream Team$27,836114%125$2,320$70,3803The Film Arcade
17Smashed$26,943--4--$6,736$26,9431Sony Pictures Classics
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$25,255-39%36-15$702$11,152,26616Fox Searchlight
19The House I Live In$21,48731%86$2,686$45,7302Abramorama
20Liberal Arts$18,291-42%25-4$732$241,7645IFC Films
21Robot & Frank$16,659-74%34-36$490$3,217,2149IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
22Least Among Saints$15,774--3--$5,258$15,7741Brainstorm Media
23To Rome with Love$15,320-30%249$638$16,654,22717Sony Pictures Classics
24The Big Picture (2012)$13,760--2--$6,880$13,7601MPI Media
25V/H/S$12,333-66%182$685$65,1302Magnolia / Magnet
26Ruby Sparks$11,689147%155$779$2,523,82812Fox Searchlight
27Keep the Lights On$11,08667%63$1,848$199,1776Music Box Films
28The Watch$10,844-63%14-18$775$34,350,55312Fox
29How To Survive A Plague$10,779-10%92$1,198$94,0034IFC Films
30Special Forces$10,759--5--$2,152$10,7591Entertainment One Films
31Simon and the Oaks$9,964--1--$9,964$9,9641The Film Arcade
32Somewhere Between$9,374287%20$4,687$64,3758Long Shot Factory
33The Queen of Versailles$9,205-61%17-14$541$2,358,10213Magnolia Pictures
34Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,803-2%43$2,201$21,9202Oscilloscope
35The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$8,774-18%9-9$975$46,363,98024Fox Searchlight
36Thaandavam$8,223-78%3-18$2,741$206,0253UTV Communications
37Trade of Innocents$7,7401216%32$2,580$8,7552Monterey Media
38Celeste and Jesse Forever$6,25216%150$417$3,077,62211Sony Pictures Classics
39Safety Not Guaranteed$6,208-18%18-6$345$4,007,79219FilmDistrict
40Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$6,093--4--$1,523$23,7292Rainbow Releasing
41Under the Sea 3D$5,562-15%50$1,112$32,395,013192Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Farewell, My Queen$5,46134%80$683$1,341,60114Cohen Media Group
43Wild Horse, Wild Ride$5,080-11%5-2$1,016$111,2058Screen Media Films
44Gayby$4,792--1--$4,792$4,7921The Film Collaborative
45Tristana (2012 re-issue)$4,754--1--$4,754$4,7541Cohen Media Group
46War of the Buttons (2012)$4,737--5--$947$4,7371Weinstein Company
47Chicken With Plums$4,452-68%11-13$405$213,0029Sony Pictures Classics
48The Well-Digger's Daughter$4,252-31%3-3$1,417$325,03913Kino Lorber
49Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,830-88%6-6$638$47,7582Roadside Attractions
50Killer Joe$3,805--13--$293$1,987,76212LD Entertainment
51Step Up to the Plate$3,692--5--$738$33,1965Cinema Guild
52Photographic Memory$3,006--2--$1,503$3,0061First Run Features
53The Revisionaries$2,6873%21$1,344$6,8472Kino Lorber
542 Days In New York$2,581-58%5-9$516$615,54310Magnolia Pictures
55Bel Borba Aqui$2,45531%10$2,455$6,0882Abramorama
56Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$2,079-69%32$693$15,5182Drafthouse Films
57Unforgivable$2,04761%21$1,024$150,44716Strand Releasing
58Compliance$1,555-28%5-2$311$311,9359Magnolia Pictures
59Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,070-45%1-1$1,070$164,51323Rialto Pictures
60Husbands In Goa$1,010--2--$505$8,5854UTV Communications
61Toys in the Attic$823-55%2-2$412$64,9186Hannover House
625 Broken Cameras$741-55%21$371$73,19620Kino Lorber
63Girl Model$645--1--$645$19,9146First Run Features
64Vulgaria$638-94%1-8$638$58,7163China Lion Film
65Nobody Else But You$611--1--$611$42,58023First Run Features
66Now, Forager$453-71%21$227$4,5092Argot Pictures
67Neil Young Journeys$453-88%2-3$227$214,58816Sony Pictures Classics
68Bringing Up Bobby$355--2--$178$1,6283Monterey Media
69Kumare$352--1--$352$125,06517Kino Lorber
70Breathing$316--1--$316$3,3427Kino Lorber
71Hellbound?$224-95%1-4$224$19,1054Area23a
72Radio Unnameable$68-29%10$68$18,4244Kino Lorber