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, Dec. 7 - Sun, Dec. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$10,780,201-35%3,401-62$3,170$261,400,2815Sony / Columbia
2Rise of The Guardians$10,400,618-22%3,639-33$2,858$61,774,1923Paramount / DreamWorks
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$9,156,265-47%3,646-362$2,511$268,691,0294Lionsgate / Summit
4Lincoln$8,916,813-33%2,014-4$4,427$97,137,4475Disney / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$8,330,764-31%2,94618$2,828$60,948,2933Fox
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$5,750,288--2,837--$2,027$5,750,2881FilmDistrict
7Wreck-It Ralph$4,859,368-30%2,746-341$1,770$164,402,9346Disney
8Red Dawn (2012)$4,236,105-35%2,754-27$1,538$37,240,9203FilmDistrict
9Flight$3,130,305-30%2,431-172$1,288$86,202,5416Paramount
10Killing Them Softly$2,806,901-59%2,4240$1,158$11,830,6382Weinstein Company
11The Collection$1,487,655-52%1,4030$1,060$5,455,3282LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$751,6233209%1,2491225$602$39,989,76612Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$2,171,665-30%3710$5,854$13,964,4054Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$1,544,859-31%42238$3,661$6,603,0424Focus
3Argo$1,482,345-26%944-99$1,570$103,160,0159Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$712,54474%181131$3,937$1,661,6703Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$478,559-71%162-12$2,954$2,428,9192Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$387,227-17%430-66$901$137,700,30410Fox
7Pitch Perfect$305,765-21%387-16$790$63,517,40811Universal
8Khiladi 786$228,967--115--$1,991$228,9671Eros International
9The Sessions$218,973-34%197-29$1,112$4,948,3428Fox Searchlight
10Cloud Atlas$174,815-28%191-3$915$26,452,9717Warner Bros.
11Here Comes the Boom$143,911-36%234-100$615$42,556,7709Sony / Columbia
12The Perks of Being A Wallflower$138,498-35%175-14$791$16,858,39312Lionsgate / Summit
13Looper$135,413-32%232-48$584$66,146,08011Sony / TriStar
14Alex Cross$114,565120%214100$535$25,617,8978Lionsgate / Summit
15Hotel Transylvania$102,606-24%196-52$524$143,826,41211Sony / Columbia
16The Man With the Iron Fists$85,975-16%1817$475$15,522,0606Universal
17Seven Psychopaths$71,069-30%141-21$504$14,903,8859CBS Films
18Brave$62,399-35%151-30$413$237,155,66425Disney
19The Odd Life of Timothy Green$60,246-21%132-15$456$51,687,65817Disney
20Son of Sardaar$4,573-75%1090$42$770,5944Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$113,77982%171$6,693$314,7673Warner Bros.
2Chasing Ice$102,401--57--$1,797$502,7805Submarine Deluxe
3A Werewolf Boy$85,033--19--$4,475$123,6342CJ Entertainment
4Hyde Park on Hudson$81,362--4--$20,341$81,3621Focus
5A Late Quartet$73,290-22%63-11$1,163$995,6426Entertainment One / RKO
6Finding Nemo 3D$70,812-7%74-5$957$40,846,69613Disney
7Back to 1942$56,604-46%18-2$3,145$212,4752China Lion Film
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$56,3559%90-12$626$160,953,22422Fox
9The Other Son$55,978-3%433$1,302$963,5917Cohen Media Group
10Burn$54,407--4--$13,602$64,2865Area23a
11A Royal Affair$53,889-6%432$1,253$459,0875Magnolia Pictures
12Rust and Bone$52,059110%42$13,015$128,5443Sony Pictures Classics
13To the Arctic 3D$41,710-19%520$802$10,129,04334Warner Bros. / IMAX
14ParaNorman$39,333-34%81-23$486$55,925,77917Focus
15Searching For Sugar Man$36,822-21%42-11$877$2,893,91620Sony Pictures Classics
16Sinister$36,564-10%77-11$475$47,823,8549Lionsgate / Summit
17Hubble 3D$33,382-3%16-3$2,086$35,372,605143Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Frankenweenie$32,947-42%75-25$439$34,368,37910Disney
19Fun Size$28,675-41%80-36$358$9,402,4107Paramount
20Hecho en Mexico$28,001-63%2614$1,077$121,4722Lionsgate / Pantelion
21The Central Park Five$27,622-17%103$2,762$123,3333IFC Films
22Chasing Mavericks$26,965-37%67-12$402$5,874,5707Fox
23Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$26,852-48%76-48$353$17,507,4397Open Road
24The Dark Knight Rises$24,331-40%62-18$392$448,130,64221Warner Bros.
25House at the End of the Street$24,240-45%68-40$356$31,588,93212Relativity Media
26Born to Be Wild 3D$24,056-40%300$802$21,475,92288Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Lay the Favorite$20,998--61--$344$20,9981RADiUS-TWC
28The Flat$20,789-15%17-2$1,223$418,7298IFC Films
29Trouble with the Curve$19,547-43%71-29$275$35,754,55512Warner Bros.
30Waiting for Lightning$19,537--11--$1,776$19,5371IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
31Deadfall (2012)$19,391--11--$1,763$19,3911Magnolia Pictures
32Paranormal Activity 4$17,904-31%48-22$373$53,745,4148Paramount
33Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$17,845-21%47-5$380$48,984,79319Fox
34Smashed$15,928329%2914$549$356,9879Sony Pictures Classics
35Arbitrage$15,580-22%25-10$623$7,877,44113Roadside Attractions
36The Master$12,069-31%230$525$15,895,73913Weinstein Company
37Beware of Mr. Baker$10,349-15%10$10,349$36,5482SnagFilms
38Starlet$9,386-10%101$939$70,5685Music Box Films
39Samsara$8,891-65%8-17$1,111$2,550,74716Oscilloscope
40Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$7,176-47%153$478$928,15712IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home$7,039--1--$7,039$7,0391Cinema Libre
42The Big Picture (2012)$5,952-3%51$1,190$151,4579MPI Media
43Brooklyn Castle$5,490-10%40$1,373$183,7338Producers Distribution Agency
44Wagner & Me$4,891--2--$2,446$17,9471First Run Features
45This Must Be the Place$4,540-31%5-2$908$136,3396Weinstein Company
46The Waiting Room$4,390-62%4-1$1,098$168,11211International Film Circuit
47In Our Nature$4,378--1--$4,378$4,3781Cinedigm
48North Sea Texas$4,349--3--$1,450$16,2526Strand Releasing
49The Rabbi's Cat$4,301--1--$4,301$4,3011GKIDS
50California Solo$4,23824%21$2,119$5,0082Strand Releasing
51The House I Live In$4,215129%43$1,054$176,36810Abramorama
52The Loneliest Planet$3,685-32%6-4$614$123,1747IFC Films
53Under the Sea 3D$3,358-7%7-1$480$32,467,327200Warner Bros. / IMAX
54The Thieves$3,181-59%20$1,591$681,5549Well Go USA
55The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$3,099--1--$3,099$3,0991Indican Pictures
56The Intouchables$2,913-66%12-7$243$13,049,07829Weinstein Company
57Somewhere Between$2,768-2%1-1$2,768$171,36816Long Shot Factory
58Tchoupitoulas$2,379--1--$2,379$2,3791Oscilloscope
59Love, Marilyn$2,370--1--$2,370$6,9502Submarine Deluxe
60Keep the Lights On$1,951178%1-2$1,951$241,84214Music Box Films
61Masquerade (2012)$1,839-46%1-2$1,839$898,82812CJ Entertainment
62The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,637511%21$819$372,36021Kino Lorber
63Only the Young$1,446--1--$1,446$1,4461Oscilloscope
64Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$1,331272%31$444$46,37010Drafthouse Films
65Kumare$1,284-18%10$1,284$130,83625Kino Lorber
66The Imposter$1,209-43%20$605$901,95422Indomina Releasing
67Cheerful Weather for the Wedding$727--1--$727$7271IFC Films
68My Worst Nightmare$668--1--$668$7,9938Strand Releasing
69All Together$63839%10$638$37,2388Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
70Chicken With Plums$586-23%4-3$147$253,70517Sony Pictures Classics
71Citadel$584-58%2-5$292$12,1695Cinedigm
72Meet The Fokkens$447--1--$447$29,35718Kino Lorber
73Celeste and Jesse Forever$3662%20$183$3,094,68719Sony Pictures Classics
74Orchestra of Exiles$328--2--$164$24,7107First Run Features
75Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$189--2--$95$83,87610Roadside Attractions
76Alps$15233%10$152$15,95422Kino Lorber
77Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$74--1--$74$3,62719Kino Lorber