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, Nov. 2 - Sun, Nov. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$49,038,712--3,752--$13,070$49,038,7121Disney
2Flight$24,900,566--1,884--$13,217$24,900,5661Paramount
3Argo$10,209,103-16%2,774-81$3,680$75,860,2404Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$7,910,980--1,868--$4,235$7,910,9801Universal
5Taken 2$5,919,493-23%2,639-356$2,243$125,586,9295Fox
6Cloud Atlas$5,379,314-44%2,0135$2,672$18,391,7432Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$4,409,785-53%2,922-354$1,509$137,477,4036Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$4,252,468-50%3,006-406$1,415$49,529,6823Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$3,528,143-32%2,314-177$1,525$35,500,2234Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,285,113-59%2,9330$1,120$13,880,2702Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$3,064,080-22%1,502-497$2,040$55,633,7036Universal
12Sinister$2,734,446-45%1,882-465$1,453$44,276,8204Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$2,294,636-44%3,0162$761$7,454,5792Paramount
14Alex Cross$1,958,360-62%1,648-893$1,188$23,086,3153Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$1,228,736-46%2,03028$605$4,358,7522Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,241,870-14%622-114$1,997$13,059,2207Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$1,210,783-42%696-493$1,740$63,661,8046Sony / TriStar
3Frankenweenie$766,080-69%857-881$894$33,339,9195Disney
4Seven Psychopaths$739,194-51%459-544$1,610$13,411,7504CBS Films
5Brave$328,03112%253-4$1,297$235,872,66920Disney
6The Dark Knight Rises$259,740-2%2910$893$447,521,14716Warner Bros.
7ParaNorman$229,308-6%246-34$932$55,231,34012Focus
8Trouble with the Curve$181,333-40%286-134$634$34,963,1787Warner Bros.
9The Master$180,599-30%138-63$1,309$15,511,3948Weinstein Company
10End of Watch$158,310-52%158-132$1,002$38,853,1897Open Road
11Searching For Sugar Man$149,1148%105-9$1,420$2,410,56615Sony Pictures Classics
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$125,740-11%157-35$801$160,420,83017Fox
13Arbitrage$123,016-27%116-9$1,060$7,537,2848Roadside Attractions
14The Bourne Legacy$105,570-20%153-38$690$113,165,63513Universal
15The Campaign$104,196-20%188-34$554$86,744,50313Warner Bros.
16The Expendables 2$102,612-9%173-5$593$84,855,31312Lionsgate
17The Possession$94,609182%15573$610$48,982,12710Lionsgate
18Resident Evil: Retribution$84,544-31%131-67$645$42,257,8758Sony / Screen Gems
19House at the End of the Street$72,844-58%128-174$569$31,181,2777Relativity Media
20Student of the Year$49,885-62%1060$471$634,4783Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$468,312115%6949$6,787$943,2303Fox Searchlight
2The Other Son$153,30922%5212$2,948$330,4232Cohen Media Group
3Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$95,364--60--$1,589$95,3641UTV Communications
4To the Arctic 3D$77,935-4%520$1,499$9,532,32529Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$75,279--9--$8,364$75,2791Entertainment One / RKO
6The Flat$72,22496%2314$3,140$160,1063IFC Films
7Samsara$68,267-28%62-5$1,101$2,303,52011Oscilloscope
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$63,173-2%95-21$665$48,737,04714Fox
9Masquerade (2012)$61,446--10--$6,145$748,1537CJ Entertainment
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$56,635-5%94-21$603$50,792,65112Disney
11Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$54,523-5%24-2$2,272$744,5227IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
12The Paperboy$48,416-46%42-34$1,153$628,1985Millennium Entertainment
13Hubble 3D$46,40657%183$2,578$34,924,339138Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Thieves$43,968-58%18-4$2,443$628,2614Well Go USA
15Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$34,810-62%70-77$497$3,286,3904Atlas Distribution
16English Vinglish$34,575-51%880$393$1,829,4425Eros International
17Smashed$34,097-14%210$1,624$198,6904Sony Pictures Classics
18Born to Be Wild 3D$31,750-12%300$1,058$21,205,20583Warner Bros. / IMAX
19The Intouchables$31,273-15%28-20$1,117$12,937,50424Weinstein Company
20Simon and the Oaks$28,867-1%13-1$2,221$119,0974The Film Arcade
21Brooklyn Castle$27,0682%135$2,082$87,1993Producers Distribution Agency
22The Loneliest Planet$25,96465%119$2,360$44,3922IFC Films
23Hating Breitbart$25,826135%84$3,228$81,4323Rocky Mountain Pictures
24The Big Picture (2012)$22,12624%82$2,766$96,7834MPI Media
25The Bay$19,747--23--$859$19,7471Roadside Attractions
26The Details$18,528--14--$1,323$18,5281RADiUS-TWC
27Holy Motors$15,234--53$3,047$83,6653Indomina Releasing
28Chakravyuh$14,783-85%790$187$145,4992Eros International
29The Imposter$14,584--10--$1,458$857,66117Indomina Releasing
30Sleepwalk With Me$14,297-45%18-14$794$2,244,43911IFC Films
31Tai Chi Zero$13,881-66%13-10$1,068$190,4073Variance / Well Go USA
32The House I Live In$13,546-39%11-1$1,231$132,3485Abramorama
33Won't Back Down$13,079-8%41-24$319$5,285,2076Fox
34Lawless$12,903-55%35-61$369$37,365,76810Weinstein Company
35Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$11,595167%40$2,899$69,6245Roadside Attractions
36Beasts of the Southern Wild$9,5101%15-5$634$11,225,46519Fox Searchlight
37Liberal Arts$9,256-36%17-3$544$298,7018IFC Films
38Robot & Frank$9,06616%14-10$648$3,269,93912IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39Somewhere Between$8,3790%60$1,397$120,07811Long Shot Factory
40This Must Be the Place$7,754--2--$3,877$7,7541Weinstein Company
41Orchestra of Exiles$6,9854%54$1,397$13,7042First Run Features
42District of Corruption$6,220-75%30$2,073$31,9542Rocky Mountain Pictures
43Under the Sea 3D$6,19761%94$689$32,420,027195Warner Bros. / IMAX
44The Queen of Versailles$5,2524%6-2$875$2,390,05916Magnolia Pictures
45Keep the Lights On$5,236-30%50$1,047$226,9359Music Box Films
46The Well-Digger's Daughter$5,205-28%5-1$1,041$351,92316Kino Lorber
47Wuthering Heights (2012)$5,111-49%11-1$465$70,4355Oscilloscope
48The Other Dream Team$4,781-59%5-9$956$128,9776The Film Arcade
49North Sea Texas$4,487--3--$1,496$4,4871Strand Releasing
50Chicken With Plums$4,032-34%187$224$233,22512Sony Pictures Classics
51War of the Buttons (2012)$3,736-31%6-2$623$45,6024Weinstein Company
52V/H/S$3,699-60%8-11$462$97,3485Magnolia / Magnet
53My Worst Nightmare$3,695--2--$1,848$5,4783Strand Releasing
54Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$3,558-29%2-1$1,779$54,8385Rainbow Releasing
55Death by China$3,100147%21$1,550$35,70612Area23a
56Least Among Saints$1,87810%51$376$28,0264Brainstorm Media
57To Rome with Love$1,688-68%5-6$338$16,682,32920Sony Pictures Classics
58Nobody Walks$1,510-72%4-3$378$20,0673Magnolia Pictures
5917 Girls$1,510--1--$1,510$14,0807Strand Releasing
60Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,492--1--$1,492$1,4921Zeitgeist Films
61All Together$1,478-80%3-4$493$31,0303Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
622 Days In New York$1,361-53%4-3$340$629,35913Magnolia Pictures
63The Revisionaries$1,205-75%41$301$17,0115Kino Lorber
64Celeste and Jesse Forever$1,157-70%5-10$231$3,089,50714Sony Pictures Classics
65Trade of Innocents$1,039-20%30$346$15,0595Monterey Media
66Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$821-80%2-8$411$35,9625Drafthouse Films
67How To Survive A Plague$677-77%2-7$339$121,2017IFC Films
68The Eye of the Storm$66480%10$664$83,2979Sycamore Entertainment
69Vamps$548--1--$548$5481Anchor Bay Films
70Photographic Memory$412--1--$412$6,3014First Run Features
71Meet The Fokkens$34992%10$349$28,63213Kino Lorber
72Alps$314--3--$105$14,82817Kino Lorber
73Jack and Diane$294--2--$147$2941Magnolia Pictures
74Post Mortem$243--1--$243$9,75030Kino Lorber
75We Won't Grow Old Together$231--1--$231$11,27122The Film Desk
76Radio Unnameable$159--1--$159$18,6167Kino Lorber
77Headshot$28--1--$28$1,3676Kino Lorber