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. 26 - Sun, Oct. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$12,085,059-27%2,855-392$4,233$60,510,3473Warner Bros.
2Cloud Atlas$9,612,247--2,008--$4,787$9,612,2471Warner Bros.
3Hotel Transylvania$9,444,014-27%3,276-108$2,883$130,380,3555Sony / Columbia
4Paranormal Activity 4$8,510,186-71%3,4120$2,494$42,467,5512Paramount
5Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$8,023,036--2,933--$2,735$8,023,0361Open Road
6Taken 2$7,716,732-42%2,995-494$2,577$117,105,5774Fox
7Here Comes the Boom$5,210,024-38%2,491-523$2,092$30,320,4963Sony / Columbia
8Alex Cross$5,133,486-55%2,5412$2,020$19,452,1772Lionsgate / Summit
9Sinister$4,996,099-43%2,347-195$2,129$39,441,0543Lionsgate / Summit
10Fun Size$4,101,017--3,014--$1,361$4,101,0171Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$3,948,025-42%1,999-661$1,975$51,300,2585Universal
12Frankenweenie$2,456,350-43%1,738-624$1,413$31,798,7574Disney
13Chasing Mavericks$2,268,274--2,002--$1,133$2,268,2741Fox
14Looper$2,100,527-50%1,189-1034$1,767$61,513,8335Sony / TriStar
15Seven Psychopaths$1,498,350-54%1,003-477$1,494$11,959,8583CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,449,493-33%736-9$1,969$11,257,1726Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$332,483-60%290-461$1,146$38,555,9946Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$304,653-58%420-505$725$34,660,2276Warner Bros.
4Brave$293,876-30%257-20$1,143$235,457,53819Disney
5The Dark Knight Rises$263,856-27%291-54$907$447,158,35415Warner Bros.
6The Master$258,270-50%201-211$1,285$15,208,6527Weinstein Company
7ParaNorman$243,502133%280112$870$54,933,03211Focus
8House at the End of the Street$174,500-63%302-444$578$31,055,2576Relativity Media
9Arbitrage$168,009-41%125-44$1,344$7,341,2727Roadside Attractions
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$140,747-27%192-30$733$160,255,73216Fox
11Searching For Sugar Man$137,728-30%114-23$1,208$2,192,64014Sony Pictures Classics
12The Bourne Legacy$131,735-21%191-41$690$113,001,84012Universal
13Student of the Year$130,985-60%1060$1,236$548,6912Eros International
14The Campaign$130,639280%222148$588$86,581,91612Warner Bros.
15Resident Evil: Retribution$122,04721%19840$616$42,119,6787Sony / Screen Gems
16The Expendables 2$112,946150%17886$635$84,705,40411Lionsgate
17Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$92,299-85%147-798$628$3,206,3533Atlas Distribution
18Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$64,587-37%116-33$557$48,658,66213Fox
19The Odd Life of Timothy Green$59,441-43%115-79$517$50,714,38011Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$217,35392%2016$10,868$376,9962Fox Searchlight
2The Other Son$125,691--40--$3,142$125,6911Cohen Media Group
3The Thieves$105,652-31%225$4,802$532,6993Well Go USA
4Chakravyuh$97,896--79--$1,239$111,3521Eros International
5Samsara$95,202-34%67-3$1,421$2,179,67510Oscilloscope
6The Paperboy$89,327-20%762$1,175$538,3524Millennium Entertainment
7To the Arctic 3D$80,950-9%520$1,557$9,408,02028Warner Bros. / IMAX
8English Vinglish$70,376-61%880$800$1,779,6284Eros International
9Finding Nemo 3D$61,382-60%78-105$787$40,496,2197Disney
10Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$57,232-22%26-1$2,201$653,7106IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
11Tai Chi Zero$41,410-51%23-8$1,800$158,9992Variance / Well Go USA
12Smashed$39,592-11%211$1,885$145,1053Sony Pictures Classics
13The Intouchables$36,992-18%48-12$771$12,885,03123Weinstein Company
14The Flat$36,82285%97$4,091$70,9682IFC Films
15Born to Be Wild 3D$35,93614%300$1,198$21,149,64482Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Possession$33,532-42%82-51$409$48,879,9979Lionsgate
17Hubble 3D$29,608-22%150$1,974$34,844,477137Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Simon and the Oaks$29,22526%147$2,088$75,3183The Film Arcade
19Lawless$28,950-66%96-88$302$37,338,0499Weinstein Company
20Brooklyn Castle$26,62842%86$3,329$50,5002Producers Distribution Agency
21Middle of Nowhere (2012)$26,360-48%243$1,098$163,1613AFFRM
22Sleepwalk With Me$25,945-29%32-13$811$2,218,64710IFC Films
23District of Corruption$25,086--3--$8,362$25,0861Rocky Mountain Pictures
24The House I Live In$22,31449%128$1,860$107,9224Abramorama
25Dredd 3D$21,661-80%72-88$301$13,401,6836Lionsgate
26The Big Picture (2012)$17,81918%60$2,970$61,7113MPI Media
27El Milagro de Marcelino Pan y Vino$17,095--1--$17,095$17,0951Gigapix Releasing
28Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story$16,011--1--$16,011$16,0111Dutchmen Films
29The Loneliest Planet$15,689--2--$7,845$15,6891IFC Films
30Liberal Arts$14,44314%202$722$280,6707IFC Films
31Won't Back Down$14,212-68%65-103$219$5,264,0935Fox
32The Waiting Room$13,537-54%40$3,384$102,8605International Film Circuit
33The Other Dream Team$11,641-45%141$832$119,6535The Film Arcade
34Hating Breitbart$10,994-73%40$2,749$54,0662Rocky Mountain Pictures
35Wuthering Heights (2012)$10,012-40%121$834$62,1294Oscilloscope
36Moonrise Kingdom$9,547-51%15-14$636$45,507,86523Focus
37Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,396-46%20-8$470$11,204,34718Fox Searchlight
38V/H/S$9,23174%193$486$87,6294Magnolia / Magnet
39Somewhere Between$8,420-63%60$1,403$107,84610Long Shot Factory
40Robot & Frank$7,845-50%24-10$327$3,255,61011IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Keep the Lights On$7,51619%5-4$1,503$218,0838Music Box Films
42All Together$7,327-43%7-3$1,047$23,2622Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
43The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,257-15%6-3$1,210$343,63615Kino Lorber
44Orchestra of Exiles$6,719--1--$6,719$6,7191First Run Features
45Chicken With Plums$6,08050%111$553$226,77011Sony Pictures Classics
46War of the Buttons (2012)$5,399-69%8-27$675$38,6613Weinstein Company
47Nobody Walks$5,372-26%75$767$15,5322Magnolia Pictures
48To Rome with Love$5,313-45%11-21$483$16,677,74619Sony Pictures Classics
49The Queen of Versailles$5,035-34%8-5$629$2,380,93315Magnolia Pictures
50Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$5,027-45%3-3$1,676$48,7684Rainbow Releasing
51The Revisionaries$4,839--3--$1,613$12,6364Kino Lorber
52Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$4,338--4--$1,085$56,3664Roadside Attractions
53Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$4,201-34%104$420$31,9564Drafthouse Films
54Tristana (2012 re-issue)$4,153--1--$4,153$12,6863Cohen Media Group
55Celeste and Jesse Forever$3,88670%150$259$3,087,50313Sony Pictures Classics
56Under the Sea 3D$3,858-39%51$772$32,410,500194Warner Bros. / IMAX
57You've Been Trumped$3,188486%2-1$1,594$23,59213International Film Circuit
58How To Survive A Plague$2,979-68%9-5$331$118,4906IFC Films
592 Days In New York$2,916-13%72$417$626,23112Magnolia Pictures
60The Oranges$2,892-82%5-10$578$364,8754IDP/ATO Pictures
61Compliance$1,922-26%8-3$240$318,62211Magnolia Pictures
62Least Among Saints$1,714-65%4-4$429$25,3203Brainstorm Media
63Bringing Up Bobby$1,68082%2-2$840$4,7585Monterey Media
64Gayby$1,670-13%10$1,670$11,0703The Film Collaborative
65Trade of Innocents$1,295298%32$432$13,6494Monterey Media
66Death by China$1,257--1--$1,257$32,01811Area23a
67Unforgivable$1,052-32%20$526$153,78518Strand Releasing
68Step Up to the Plate$808-26%21$404$37,6177Cinema Guild
69Husbands In Goa$600-37%1-1$600$10,1356UTV Communications
70The Eye of the Storm$368-91%1-1$368$82,0718Sycamore Entertainment
71Kumare$300--1--$300$125,36519Kino Lorber
72Barfi!$228-98%1-9$228$2,804,8747UTV Communications
73Meet The Fokkens$182--1--$182$27,59912Kino Lorber
74The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$86--1--$86$861Strand Releasing
75Girl Model$73-70%10$73$20,8088First Run Features