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, Jan. 18 - Sun, Jan. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$28,402,310--2,647--$10,730$28,402,3101Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$15,797,612-35%2,9469$5,362$54,142,3695Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$10,752,836114%2,5231713$4,262$54,712,10610Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$8,640,540-49%3,1030$2,785$31,750,6002Warner Bros.
5Broken City$8,268,908--2,620--$3,156$8,268,9081Fox
6A Haunted House$8,170,023-55%2,1600$3,782$29,783,2002Open Road
7Django Unchained$7,755,800-30%2,516-496$3,083$137,874,5354Weinstein Company
8Les Miserables (2012)$7,491,995-22%2,579-348$2,905$130,050,0154Universal
9The Last Stand$6,281,433--2,913--$2,156$6,281,4331Lionsgate
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,176,941-33%2,323-689$2,659$287,166,6826Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lincoln$5,475,263-14%2,174147$2,519$160,611,34211Disney / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$4,252,418-30%2,337-620$1,820$66,277,5724Fox
13Life of Pi$3,351,62524%1,256499$2,668$99,188,9309Fox
14Jack Reacher$2,237,947-54%1,707-1000$1,311$76,415,2805Paramount
15This is 40$2,032,805-54%1,232-1088$1,650$64,913,8055Universal
16Wreck-It Ralph$1,302,47498%1,312836$993$180,809,77812Disney
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,269,949-76%1,474-1185$862$33,462,8873Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$2,476,238-2%88678$2,795$10,192,8035Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$2,262,94780%756135$2,993$114,784,50115Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$969,241-38%507-316$1,912$300,856,31511Sony / Columbia
4Monsters, Inc. 3D$752,545-56%565-562$1,332$31,693,0605Disney
5The Guilt Trip$605,194-68%642-964$943$35,697,7785Paramount
6Rise of The Guardians$560,742-47%474-431$1,183$99,497,1059Paramount / DreamWorks
7Hyde Park on Hudson$419,693-30%194-52$2,163$4,861,2267Focus
8Hotel Transylvania$364,3433%237-15$1,537$147,078,98117Sony / Columbia
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$333,772-49%306-236$1,091$290,713,79510Lionsgate / Summit
10Flight$286,60294%300150$955$93,091,05712Paramount
11Rust and Bone$223,76520%16889$1,332$1,461,3079Sony Pictures Classics
12Red Dawn (2012)$215,05299%24924$864$44,287,9909FilmDistrict
13Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$214,958-53%265-165$811$12,164,9645Paramount
14Here Comes the Boom$198,237-7%209-19$949$44,646,00215Sony / Columbia
15Anna Karenina (2012)$164,220-29%117-27$1,404$12,234,11410Focus
16Promised Land (2012)$122,042-90%134-1513$911$7,534,1284Focus
17Taken 2$105,395-28%156-34$676$139,653,87116Fox
18Frankenweenie$71,841-16%100-27$718$35,146,78916Disney
19Pitch Perfect$69,365-32%125-29$555$64,896,59317Universal
20Hitchcock$68,735-27%122-5$563$5,773,9909Fox Searchlight
21Dabangg 2$1,107-72%1660$7$2,505,3475Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$373,58645%3621$10,377$1,145,2815Sony Pictures Classics
2Quartet$304,263546%3230$9,508$376,3402Weinstein Company
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$149,9692266%7167$2,112$11,455,00530Fox Searchlight
4LUV$83,194--45--$1,849$83,1941Indomina Media
5To the Arctic 3D$73,6236%520$1,416$10,860,83140Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$51,430-23%73-27$705$17,659,36918Lionsgate / Summit
7Hubble 3D$51,42636%171$3,025$35,989,914149Warner Bros. / IMAX
8A Royal Affair$49,334291%389$1,298$751,59511Magnolia Pictures
9The Sessions$43,360-25%628$699$5,793,78514Fox Searchlight
10Born to Be Wild 3D$32,37935%300$1,079$21,774,36094Warner Bros. / IMAX
1156 Up$32,03581%42$8,009$91,5013First Run Features
12Cloud Atlas$29,838-59%58-104$514$27,093,69613Warner Bros.
13Searching For Sugar Man$29,35412%275$1,087$3,135,74626Sony Pictures Classics
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$22,734-20%40-8$568$161,269,08728Fox
15A Late Quartet$18,868-38%14-3$1,348$1,444,79812Entertainment One / RKO
16Space Station 3D$18,06037%42$4,515$87,004,334562IMAX
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$17,773-45%58-49$306$12,935,5097FilmDistrict
18The Master$17,426-21%14-2$1,245$16,044,36119Weinstein Company
19Deep Sea 3D$14,66633%41$3,667$45,308,573360Warner Bros. / IMAX
20The House I Live In$12,551435%53$2,510$199,25416Abramorama
21The Rabbi's Cat$10,333--7--$1,476$17,3137GKIDS
22Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$8,29334%70$1,185$984,20418IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
23West of Memphis$7,962182%97$885$55,8064Sony Pictures Classics
24Not Fade Away$6,937-83%56-121$124$605,7475Paramount Vantage
25Killing Them Softly$6,270-66%12-19$523$14,953,9868Weinstein Company
26Somewhere Between$6,108-1%32$2,036$203,55322Long Shot Factory
27Under the Sea 3D$5,64849%74$807$32,513,828206Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$5,530--1--$5,530$5,5301Kino Lorber
29Any Day Now$5,203-42%7-8$743$157,8136Music Box Films
30Let My People Go!$3,59461%32$1,198$7,0832Zeitgeist Films
31Brief Reunion$3,085--2--$1,543$3,0851Striped Entertainment
32Robot & Frank$2,311-82%10-16$231$3,324,42823IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33The Waiting Room$2,077293%32$692$179,33817International Film Circuit
345 Broken Cameras$1,777--1--$1,777$77,38434Kino Lorber
35Orchestra of Exiles$1,640--1--$1,640$26,35013First Run Features
36Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,512-66%1-1$1,512$42,82212Zeitgeist Films
37The Invisible War$1,361--4--$340$64,01031Cinedigm
38Deadfall (2012)$1,322812%21$661$65,8047Magnolia Pictures
39Brooklyn Castle$1,292-41%31$431$207,71214Producers Distribution Agency
40Django (2012 re-issue)$1,181222%20$591$20,3525Rialto Pictures
41Officer Down$1,061--1--$1,061$1,0611Anchor Bay Films
42Wagner & Me$1,058-35%1-1$1,058$31,8857First Run Features
43The Law in These Parts$748--1--$748$11,97610Cinema Guild
44Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$566-2%10$566$7,74011APD/Cinema Conservancy
45A Dark Truth$424-78%1-2$424$4,4423Magnolia Pictures
46California Solo$294-81%10$294$15,3288Strand Releasing
47The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$205-20%10$205$6,8597Indican Pictures
48North Sea Texas$75--1--$75$25,59312Strand Releasing
49Storage 24$72--1--$72$721Magnolia / Magnet
50Neighboring Sounds$32--1--$32$48,00622Cinema Guild