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. 16 - Sun, Nov. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$141,067,634--4,070--$34,660$141,067,6341Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$41,104,513-53%3,5050$11,727$160,941,6212Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$21,049,4062129%1,7751764$11,859$22,468,2422Disney / DreamWorks
4Wreck-It Ralph$18,582,937-44%3,622-130$5,131$121,750,2273Disney
5Flight$8,802,881-40%2,612565$3,370$61,523,6913Paramount
6Argo$4,046,366-39%2,210-553$1,831$91,998,8466Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$2,126,620-47%2,063-424$1,031$134,651,0097Fox
8Pitch Perfect$1,267,855-51%1,122-269$1,130$61,084,2138Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$1,172,656-54%1,350-694$869$40,991,6716Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$942,921-61%1,248-1318$756$142,734,5198Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$1,283,585--160--$8,022$1,941,8051Yash Raj Films
2Cloud Atlas$929,229-65%920-1103$1,010$24,923,1324Warner Bros.
3The Sessions$910,50467%516388$1,765$2,813,9385Fox Searchlight
4The Man With the Iron Fists$718,905-72%910-962$790$14,681,8803Universal
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$585,179-48%511-96$1,145$15,572,2839Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$456,027-70%789-765$578$47,451,2776Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$383,755-81%850-1498$451$53,504,5985Paramount
8Son of Sardaar$341,552--109--$3,134$463,1671Eros International
9Alex Cross$280,182-69%535-555$524$25,194,8405Lionsgate / Summit
10Brave$223,608-26%220-19$1,016$236,619,92222Disney
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$213,936-84%456-1446$469$17,127,7764Open Road
12Looper$206,383-65%214-277$964$65,117,0448Sony / TriStar
13Chasing Mavericks$179,544-60%198-261$907$5,619,0384Fox
14A Late Quartet$158,226-11%10038$1,582$530,8183Entertainment One / RKO
15Seven Psychopaths$157,527-61%171-185$921$14,457,6316CBS Films
16The Odd Life of Timothy Green$152,328-23%209-16$729$51,245,87614Disney
17Fun Size$136,778-82%388-913$353$9,153,5984Paramount
18Trouble with the Curve$127,172-50%272-149$468$35,529,4189Warner Bros.
19ParaNorman$116,291-29%180-18$646$55,633,87214Focus
20Frankenweenie$116,091-56%177-204$656$34,055,3487Disney
21House at the End of the Street$102,276151%17597$584$31,354,6709Relativity Media
22The Dark Knight Rises$93,291-38%160-83$583$447,911,14818Warner Bros.
23Ice Age: Continental Drift$87,149-21%132-15$660$160,692,10919Fox
24The Campaign$29,381-51%101-37$291$86,897,18215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$443,003--16--$27,688$443,0031Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$320,690--16--$20,043$320,6901Focus
3The Other Son$91,888-32%48-5$1,914$678,2794Cohen Media Group
4Chasing Ice$80,649--10--$8,065$106,0482Submarine Deluxe
5A Royal Affair$78,284105%3225$2,446$138,1252Magnolia Pictures
6To the Arctic 3D$74,986-23%520$1,442$9,815,03631Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Searching For Sugar Man$68,832-33%54-40$1,275$2,670,91717Sony Pictures Classics
8Arbitrage$53,924-36%80-7$674$7,761,71210Roadside Attractions
9End of Watch$52,532-52%75-50$700$39,126,4909Open Road
10The Master$50,056-52%52-36$963$15,788,70110Weinstein Company
11Holy Motors$48,250--23--$2,098$192,8035Indomina Releasing
12Hubble 3D$47,886-10%17-1$2,817$35,115,654140Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$41,014-24%72-10$570$48,869,51716Fox
14Born to Be Wild 3D$36,43612%300$1,215$21,317,46485Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Flat$35,434-37%261$1,363$306,4985IFC Films
16The Expendables 2$35,365-44%95-39$372$85,017,40114Lionsgate
17Samsara$31,110-36%31-17$1,004$2,456,55713Oscilloscope
18This Must Be the Place$27,570-12%154$1,838$87,2243Weinstein Company
19The Possession$27,231-57%81-40$336$49,122,31912Lionsgate
20Smashed$25,256-35%39-3$648$296,3426Sony Pictures Classics
21Masquerade (2012)$21,275--7--$3,039$844,8889CJ Entertainment
22Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$20,959-50%15-9$1,397$859,7809IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
23Brooklyn Castle$17,4220%9-2$1,936$138,4645Producers Distribution Agency
24The Intouchables$13,267-47%24-10$553$13,003,61326Weinstein Company
25Dangerous Liaisons (2012)$12,978-28%60$2,163$39,5882Well Go USA
26Starlet$9,986-36%93$1,110$33,6402Music Box Films
27Somewhere Between$9,388409%42$2,347$142,62813Long Shot Factory
28The Loneliest Planet$7,387-64%7-6$1,055$93,9844IFC Films
29Won't Back Down$6,148-17%24-14$256$5,308,5538Fox
30The Big Picture (2012)$5,833-51%5-3$1,167$125,4006MPI Media
31Lawless$5,486-27%19-1$289$37,389,03412Weinstein Company
32English Vinglish$5,272-68%880$60$1,863,5927Eros International
33Under the Sea 3D$5,164-10%70$738$32,441,296197Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Wuthering Heights (2012)$4,533-19%94$504$84,4397Oscilloscope
35Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,102-71%15-28$273$3,325,9546Atlas Distribution
36Robot & Frank$3,920-52%6-6$653$3,294,83014IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
37The Man in the White Suit (2012 re-issue)$3,874--1--$3,874$3,8741Rialto Pictures
38The Paperboy$3,856-84%10-24$386$692,3377Millennium Entertainment
39Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$3,837-36%32$1,279$19,8413Zeitgeist Films
40Liberal Arts$3,802-47%10-1$380$317,19010IFC Films
41Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$3,641--1--$3,641$17,03710Rialto Pictures
42Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$3,641245%10$3,641$170,20628Rialto Pictures
43Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$3,626--2--$1,813$68,3457Rainbow Releasing
4428 Hotel Rooms$3,08065%32$1,027$5,4712Oscilloscope
45Chicken With Plums$3,014-24%11-3$274$243,23314Sony Pictures Classics
46Hitler's Children$2,939--1--$2,939$2,9391Film Movement
47The Queen of Versailles$2,878-48%5-3$576$2,401,65218Magnolia Pictures
48The Law in These Parts$2,814--1--$2,814$4,3771Cinema Guild
49Price Check$2,783--1--$2,783$2,7831IFC Films
50Sleepwalk With Me$2,778-62%11-2$253$2,263,43613IFC Films
51Orchestra of Exiles$2,723148%31$908$20,6554First Run Features
52Tai Chi Zero$2,628-65%3-4$876$210,2885Variance / Well Go USA
53The House I Live In$2,621-83%3-8$874$163,3927Abramorama
54The Waiting Room$2,288-77%1-3$2,288$147,1528International Film Circuit
55Simon and the Oaks$2,146-84%5-12$429$150,1096The Film Arcade
56Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$1,793151%32$598$40,6677Drafthouse Films
57The Thieves$1,765-81%2-9$883$662,5446Well Go USA
58Citadel$1,738-70%43$435$8,3362Cinedigm
59In Another Country$1,673-48%10$1,673$6,7172Kino Lorber
60Red Hook Summer$1,390--2--$695$338,80315Variance Films
61The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,318-65%3-2$439$365,17818Kino Lorber
62Photographic Memory$1,245--2--$623$7,7116First Run Features
63You've Been Trumped$1,23469%1-1$1,234$28,45016International Film Circuit
64We Won't Grow Old Together$1,016--1--$1,016$12,28724The Film Desk
65North Sea Texas$818-62%1-1$818$11,6503Strand Releasing
66Keep the Lights On$778-81%3-4$259$236,77911Music Box Films
67Celeste and Jesse Forever$727-41%3-2$242$3,093,09316Sony Pictures Classics
68Nobody Walks$552-81%2-3$276$24,9955Magnolia Pictures
69Head Games$469--1--$469$14,0569Variance Films
70Bestiaire$350--2--$175$1,4285Kimstim Films
71All Together$272-76%1-1$272$35,1255Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
72Girl Model$267--1--$267$21,09211First Run Features
73The Revisionaries$1904%10$190$17,9437Kino Lorber
74Sushi: The Global Catch$140--1--$140$4,58316Alive Mind Cinema
75Breathing$70--1--$70$3,82012Kino Lorber
76Bringing Up Bobby$38--1--$38$4,9758Monterey Media