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. 9 - Sun, Nov. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$88,364,714--3,505--$25,211$90,564,7141Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$33,012,796-33%3,7520$8,799$93,647,4052Disney
3Flight$14,785,097-41%2,047163$7,223$47,455,3962Paramount
4Argo$6,617,229-35%2,763-11$2,395$85,583,1875Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$4,012,829-32%2,487-152$1,614$131,300,0006Fox
6Cloud Atlas$2,658,250-51%2,02310$1,314$22,844,9563Warner Bros.
7The Man With the Iron Fists$2,592,705-67%1,8724$1,385$12,821,0302Universal
8Pitch Perfect$2,573,350-16%1,391-111$1,850$59,099,9937Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$2,522,790-28%2,044-270$1,234$39,033,8855Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$2,400,226-46%2,566-356$935$140,954,2087Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 4$1,980,033-53%2,348-658$843$52,600,6124Paramount
12Sinister$1,524,448-44%1,554-328$981$46,578,6865Lionsgate / Summit
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$1,300,137-60%1,902-1031$684$16,383,4063Open Road
14Alex Cross$911,973-53%1,090-558$837$24,603,0424Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$757,223-67%1,301-1715$582$8,800,3363Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,132,924-9%607-15$1,866$14,614,7708Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$582,150-52%491-205$1,186$64,669,3837Sony / TriStar
3The Sessions$545,55016%12859$4,262$1,655,2224Fox Searchlight
4Chasing Mavericks$448,648-63%459-1571$977$5,253,9103Fox
5Seven Psychopaths$404,812-45%356-103$1,137$14,098,4695CBS Films
6Brave$303,009-8%239-14$1,268$236,276,53621Disney
7Frankenweenie$266,872-65%381-476$700$33,821,4726Disney
8Trouble with the Curve$252,80239%421135$600$35,289,0528Warner Bros.
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$198,974251%225131$884$51,010,92613Disney
10ParaNorman$163,086-29%198-48$824$55,458,40313Focus
11The Dark Knight Rises$150,072-42%243-48$618$447,764,58317Warner Bros.
12End of Watch$110,418-30%125-33$883$39,028,2828Open Road
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$109,800-13%147-10$747$160,563,12518Fox
14The Expendables 2$63,350-38%134-39$473$84,956,22413Lionsgate
15The Possession$62,743-34%121-34$519$49,075,98211Lionsgate
16The Campaign$60,549-42%138-50$439$86,845,71314Warner Bros.
17Student of the Year$20,988-58%1060$198$670,0864Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$944,308--11--$85,846$944,3081Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$178,594137%6253$2,881$288,9162Entertainment One / RKO
3The Other Son$135,885-11%531$2,564$521,9873Cohen Media Group
4The Master$103,425-43%88-50$1,175$15,688,4839Weinstein Company
5Searching For Sugar Man$103,223-31%94-11$1,098$2,560,19816Sony Pictures Classics
6To the Arctic 3D$97,05825%520$1,867$9,681,69730Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Arbitrage$84,335-31%87-29$969$7,669,2309Roadside Attractions
8The Flat$56,494-22%252$2,260$245,3834IFC Films
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$53,955-15%82-13$658$48,806,46815Fox
10Resident Evil: Retribution$53,361-37%91-40$586$42,345,5319Sony / Screen Gems
11Hubble 3D$53,14415%180$2,952$35,018,766139Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Samsara$48,667-29%48-14$1,014$2,392,82712Oscilloscope
13Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$42,063-23%240$1,753$811,4508IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14House at the End of the Street$40,711-44%78-50$522$31,240,9958Relativity Media
15Smashed$38,94414%4221$927$247,8745Sony Pictures Classics
16A Royal Affair$38,212--7--$5,459$38,2121Magnolia Pictures
17The Details$37,062100%7359$508$63,5952RADiUS-TWC
18Born to Be Wild 3D$32,4512%300$1,082$21,256,79084Warner Bros. / IMAX
19This Must Be the Place$31,258303%119$2,842$44,6152Weinstein Company
20The Intouchables$25,002-20%346$735$12,975,24725Weinstein Company
21Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$24,795-74%38-22$653$140,3922UTV Communications
22The Paperboy$23,610-51%34-8$694$675,8136Millennium Entertainment
23The Loneliest Planet$20,495-21%132$1,577$76,8903IFC Films
24Dangerous Liaisons (2012)$18,027--6--$3,005$18,0271Well Go USA
25Brooklyn Castle$17,445-36%11-2$1,586$114,8084Producers Distribution Agency
26English Vinglish$16,414-53%880$187$1,853,0486Eros International
27Starlet$15,662--6--$2,610$15,6621Music Box Films
28The House I Live In$15,61815%110$1,420$153,7656Abramorama
29Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$14,193-59%43-27$330$3,315,1865Atlas Distribution
30Simon and the Oaks$13,468-53%174$792$141,4535The Film Arcade
31The Big Picture (2012)$11,869-46%80$1,484$114,1125MPI Media
32Beasts of the Southern Wild$10,2057%150$680$11,240,98520Fox Searchlight
33The Waiting Room$10,089--4--$2,522$140,0987International Film Circuit
34The Thieves$9,283-79%11-7$844$656,0675Well Go USA
35Robot & Frank$8,206-9%12-2$684$3,286,05213IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
36Lawless$7,466-42%20-15$373$37,379,14411Weinstein Company
37Tai Chi Zero$7,454-46%7-6$1,065$203,6344Variance / Well Go USA
38Won't Back Down$7,366-44%38-3$194$5,298,9597Fox
39Sleepwalk With Me$7,353-49%13-5$566$2,257,41112IFC Films
40Liberal Arts$7,165-23%11-6$651$309,4679IFC Films
41Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$6,028304%10$6,028$11,9072Zeitgeist Films
42Under the Sea 3D$5,759-7%7-2$823$32,430,026196Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Citadel$5,715--1--$5,715$5,7151Cinedigm
44Wuthering Heights (2012)$5,5849%5-6$1,117$79,4406Oscilloscope
45The Queen of Versailles$5,5355%82$692$2,397,30017Magnolia Pictures
46Keep the Lights On$4,075-22%72$582$232,80310Music Box Films
47Chicken With Plums$3,972-1%14-4$284$239,99213Sony Pictures Classics
48The Well-Digger's Daughter$3,773-28%50$755$357,30817Kino Lorber
49Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$3,466--1--$3,466$3,4661APD/Cinema Conservancy
50The Other Dream Team$3,241-32%50$648$133,7787The Film Arcade
51In Another Country$3,207--1--$3,207$3,2071Kino Lorber
52Chakravyuh$3,104-79%790$39$151,7783Eros International
53Nobody Walks$2,94695%51$589$23,7734Magnolia Pictures
54Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$2,638-77%2-2$1,319$74,1116Roadside Attractions
55Vamps$2,193300%10$2,193$2,9642Anchor Bay Films
56North Sea Texas$2,172-52%2-1$1,086$9,8022Strand Releasing
57Burn$1,970--1--$1,970$6,8661Area23a
5828 Hotel Rooms$1,869--1--$1,869$1,8691Oscilloscope
59Somewhere Between$1,844-78%2-4$922$128,48712Long Shot Factory
602 Days In New York$1,50511%40$376$632,82414Magnolia Pictures
61V/H/S$1,313-65%2-6$657$99,7706Magnolia / Magnet
62Celeste and Jesse Forever$1,2367%50$247$3,091,72415Sony Pictures Classics
63All Together$1,146-22%2-1$573$33,4094Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
64The Bay$1,103-94%1-22$1,103$30,4742Roadside Attractions
65Orchestra of Exiles$1,098-84%2-3$549$17,5213First Run Features
66To Rome with Love$1,058-37%61$176$16,684,35221Sony Pictures Classics
67Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,054--1--$1,054$166,56527Rialto Pictures
68Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,009--1--$1,009$152,40845Cinema Guild
69Death by China$874-72%1-1$874$37,41213Area23a
70How To Survive A Plague$7419%42$185$122,6658IFC Films
71You've Been Trumped$729--2--$365$27,12015International Film Circuit
72Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$714-13%1-1$714$38,4856Drafthouse Films
73Planet of Snail$401--1--$401$12,70616Cinema Guild
74Nature Calls$382--2--$191$3821Magnolia / Magnet
75Whores' Glory$240--1--$240$31,31329Kino Lorber
76The Revisionaries$182-85%1-3$182$17,6496Kino Lorber
7717 Girls$168-89%10$168$15,0028Strand Releasing
785 Broken Cameras$141--1--$141$73,96124Kino Lorber
79Jack and Diane$113-62%1-1$113$1,0412Magnolia Pictures