Grosses

'American Sniper' Surpasses $200M Mark After Dominating with $64.6M; 'The Boy Next Door' Debuts with Solid $14.9MJanuary 26, 2015 01:04 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's American Sniper continued to absolutely dominate the box office this weekend with a first place take of $64.37 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 $14.91 million. Universal's low-budget thriller starring Jennifer Lopez performed towards 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 22 percent ahead of the $12.20 million start of 2010's The Back-Up Plan (which also starred Lopez) and debuted 13 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 $5.50 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 place with $4.20 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 $12.27 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 has grossed a very solid $39.94 million in ten days. That places the film just below 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 $11.31 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad was down a respectable 45 percent from last weekend. The Wedding Ringer has grossed $39.39 million in ten days, which is on the lower end of expectations. The film is now running 3 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 $7.41 million. The third installment of the Liam Neeson led franchise was down a significant 50 percent from last weekend. Taken 3 has grossed $75.86 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 claimed sixth and eighth place with estimated takes of $6.95 million and $5.42 million. With aid from expanding into an additional 414 locations, The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game was up a strong 2 percent over last weekend. Paramount's Selma fell 38 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 $60.45 million for The Imitation Game and at $39.14 million for Selma.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 23 - Sun, Nov. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$43,641,448-69%4,0700$10,723$227,366,1182Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$35,502,973-14%3,52621$10,069$221,144,1223Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$25,676,41322%2,018243$12,724$62,840,7963Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$23,773,465--3,653--$6,508$32,341,0901Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$22,451,514--2,927--$7,670$30,573,1011Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$16,572,669-11%3,259-363$5,085$149,278,6994Disney
7Red Dawn (2012)$14,276,668--2,725--$5,239$21,689,1621FilmDistrict
8Flight$8,451,144-4%2,63826$3,204$74,718,9904Paramount
9Argo$3,865,158-4%1,255-955$3,080$98,062,3097Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$4,383,669890%367351$11,945$6,209,7672Weinstein Company
2Taken 2$950,043-55%763-1300$1,245$136,477,0038Fox
3The Sessions$724,025-20%515-1$1,406$3,929,9996Fox Searchlight
4Pitch Perfect$715,865-44%492-630$1,455$62,571,9289Universal
5Jab Tak Hai Jaan$536,918-58%1644$3,274$3,047,5392Yash Raj Films
6Here Comes the Boom$507,814-57%490-860$1,036$42,037,2407Sony / Columbia
7Cloud Atlas$422,095-55%258-662$1,636$25,788,8575Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$392,766-33%242-269$1,623$16,323,53710Lionsgate / Summit
9Hotel Transylvania$377,389-60%464-784$813$143,500,1309Sony / Columbia
10Looper$320,43855%29379$1,094$65,587,0559Sony / TriStar
11The Man With the Iron Fists$209,115-71%205-705$1,020$15,201,9104Universal
12Brave$187,165-16%190-30$985$236,943,84323Disney
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$133,816-12%172-37$778$51,489,66315Disney
14Son of Sardaar$115,332-66%1090$1,058$715,4942Eros International
15Frankenweenie$112,788-3%122-55$924$34,238,1278Disney
16Alex Cross$111,912-60%144-391$777$25,404,4036Lionsgate / Summit
17Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$100,828-53%190-266$531$17,376,1015Open Road
18ParaNorman$96,817-17%134-46$723$55,796,57215Focus
19Sinister$91,621-80%127-662$721$47,705,7037Lionsgate / Summit
20Fun Size$83,646-39%144-244$581$9,297,7825Paramount
21Ice Age: Continental Drift$79,010-9%109-23$725$160,818,56420Fox
22House at the End of the Street$78,650-23%138-37$570$31,488,67410Relativity Media
23Trouble with the Curve$73,022-43%140-132$522$35,662,43910Warner Bros.
24The Dark Knight Rises$70,463-24%108-52$652$448,034,36219Warner Bros.
25Paranormal Activity 4$52,915-86%108-742$490$53,676,7116Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$896,258179%6650$13,580$1,534,8322Focus
2Hitchcock$287,715--17--$16,924$287,7151Fox Searchlight
3A Late Quartet$132,908-16%88-12$1,510$733,8784Entertainment One / RKO
4Finding Nemo 3D$103,785--84--$1,236$40,646,08311Disney
5A Royal Affair$91,27817%4412$2,075$271,1313Magnolia Pictures
6Seven Psychopaths$90,402-43%82-89$1,102$14,631,3237CBS Films
7Chasing Ice$90,26612%177$5,310$220,8113Submarine Deluxe
8The Other Son$79,252-14%35-13$2,264$793,7845Cohen Media Group
9To the Arctic 3D$78,1374%520$1,503$9,957,97132Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$73,514--15--$4,901$107,3331Warner Bros.
11Chasing Mavericks$69,415-61%60-138$1,157$5,771,4535Fox
12Searching For Sugar Man$60,434-12%43-11$1,405$2,766,19418Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$55,45416%16-1$3,466$35,233,469141Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Holy Motors$45,953-5%21-2$2,188$268,7536Indomina Releasing
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$39,358-4%59-13$667$48,936,98717Fox
16Arbitrage$33,605-38%48-32$700$7,816,90711Roadside Attractions
17Born to Be Wild 3D$32,430-11%300$1,081$21,375,29586Warner Bros. / IMAX
18End of Watch$32,020-39%34-41$942$39,191,43110Open Road
19The Central Park Five$30,570--3--$10,190$30,5701IFC Films
20The Master$29,675-41%25-27$1,187$15,842,50011Weinstein Company
21The Flat$29,165-18%21-5$1,389$351,1786IFC Films
22Rust and Bone$27,154--2--$13,577$27,1541Sony Pictures Classics
23Samsara$21,562-31%22-9$980$2,488,48914Oscilloscope
24Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$18,291-13%150$1,219$890,48610IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25Masquerade (2012)$18,104-15%5-2$3,621$885,64510CJ Entertainment
26Brooklyn Castle$16,004-8%8-1$2,001$162,9066Producers Distribution Agency
27This Must Be the Place$15,336-44%8-7$1,917$116,2504Weinstein Company
28Smashed$13,082-48%30-9$436$325,4017Sony Pictures Classics
29The Intouchables$7,755-42%262$298$13,030,13527Weinstein Company
30The Loneliest Planet$7,6514%70$1,093$106,7235IFC Films
31Under the Sea 3D$6,25821%92$695$32,455,539198Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Detropia$5,872--5--$1,174$356,17212Loki Films
33Lawless$5,5351%11-8$503$37,397,29113Weinstein Company
34The Imposter$4,962--5--$992$892,40920Indomina Releasing
35Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,76616%3520$136$3,333,8237Atlas Distribution
36Starlet$4,602-54%6-3$767$43,6463Music Box Films
37Dangerous Liaisons (2012)$4,558-65%4-2$1,140$50,9313Well Go USA
38The Big Picture (2012)$4,454-24%2-3$2,227$134,3337MPI Media
39Chicken With Plums$3,31110%10-1$331$249,19615Sony Pictures Classics
40The Law in These Parts$2,8270%10$2,827$8,7402Cinema Guild
41The Well-Digger's Daughter$2,41883%2-1$1,209$369,81319Kino Lorber
42Robot & Frank$2,233-43%3-3$744$3,298,42815IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
43Kumare$2,205--1--$2,205$125,78023Kino Lorber
44Somewhere Between$2,120-77%2-2$1,060$151,49614Long Shot Factory
45Wuthering Heights (2012)$2,103-54%6-3$351$87,4338Oscilloscope
46Hitler's Children$1,972-33%10$1,972$6,9232Film Movement
47Price Check$1,886-32%21$943$6,2402IFC Films
48Orchestra of Exiles$1,660-39%1-2$1,660$23,6195First Run Features
49Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,584-59%30$528$23,6934Zeitgeist Films
5028 Hotel Rooms$1,424-54%30$475$13,9433Oscilloscope
51English Vinglish$1,234-77%880$14$1,867,3588Eros International
52Tai Chi Zero$1,090-59%1-2$1,090$212,0946Variance / Well Go USA
53The House I Live In$971-63%1-2$971$166,4398Abramorama
54Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$928-75%10$928$171,13429Rialto Pictures
55The Thieves$871-51%1-1$871$664,8697Well Go USA
56Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$859-52%30$286$43,1428Drafthouse Films
57Keep the Lights On$435-44%2-1$218$238,28612Music Box Films
58Gottfried Helnwein and The Dreaming Child$402--1--$402$4021First Run Features
59Radio Unnameable$360--1--$360$19,25510Kino Lorber
60Step Up to the Plate$343--1--$343$40,26711Cinema Guild
61Citadel$157-91%1-3$157$9,4863Cinedigm
62Now, Forager$153--1--$153$5,1448Argot Pictures
63Celeste and Jesse Forever$70-90%1-2$70$3,093,40717Sony Pictures Classics
64Breathing$31-56%10$31$4,25813Kino Lorber