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, Feb. 1 - Sun, Feb. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$20,353,967--3,009--$6,764$20,353,9671Lionsgate / Summit
2Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$9,423,274-52%3,3753$2,792$34,676,0682Paramount
3Silver Linings Playbook$7,738,058-18%2,809168$2,755$80,002,61612Weinstein Company
4Mama$6,590,970-50%2,78199$2,370$58,123,0703Universal
5Zero Dark Thirty$5,176,428-47%2,871-58$1,803$77,673,9787Sony / Columbia
6Bullet to the Head$4,548,201--2,404--$1,892$4,548,2011Warner Bros.
7Parker$3,302,415-53%2,23814$1,476$12,527,2972FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$3,002,769-39%1,777-230$1,690$150,942,9586Weinstein Company
9Les Miserables (2012)$2,420,885-43%1,848-362$1,310$141,504,1306Universal
10Lincoln$2,402,224-38%1,756-153$1,368$170,776,74213Disney / DreamWorks
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,901,164-44%1,300-375$1,462$296,193,6848Warner Bros. / New Line
12Gangster Squad$1,843,089-57%1,625-965$1,134$43,092,1474Warner Bros.
13Movie 43$1,641,849-66%2,0230$812$7,700,1232Relativity Media
14A Haunted House$1,522,116-53%1,501-501$1,014$37,756,0194Open Road
15Parental Guidance$1,488,766-41%1,480-256$1,006$72,900,5906Fox
16Broken City$1,461,321-64%1,786-836$818$18,135,4113Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$2,029,32412%935300$2,170$120,372,13917Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,872,632-28%902-39$2,076$106,106,36311Fox
3Stand Up Guys$1,486,390--659--$2,256$1,486,3901Lionsgate / Roadside
4The Impossible$1,305,464-33%765-17$1,706$15,214,0957Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$1,192,5273%20239$5,904$3,482,7004Weinstein Company
6Wreck-It Ralph$594,174-19%66072$900$183,223,81614Disney
7Skyfall$526,926-33%425-31$1,240$302,823,50413Sony / Columbia
8This is 40$376,730-48%373-134$1,010$66,928,6057Universal
9The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$371,605--106--$3,506$371,6051ShortsHD
10Jack Reacher$328,045-60%450-438$729$78,754,4407Paramount
11Race 2$285,233-68%139-14$2,052$1,371,8152UTV Motion Pictures
12The Last Stand$270,812-87%689-2224$393$11,704,4543Lionsgate
13Rise of The Guardians$268,655-28%3072$875$100,560,40911Paramount / DreamWorks
14Hotel Transylvania$257,313-27%224-4$1,149$147,938,70219Sony / Columbia
15Monsters, Inc. 3D$252,745-34%269-53$940$32,829,6027Disney
16Hyde Park on Hudson$181,791-29%1440$1,262$5,604,7719Focus
17The Guilt Trip$172,814-36%291-61$594$36,517,7187Paramount
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$136,688-38%189-27$723$291,281,77812Lionsgate / Summit
19Here Comes the Boom$116,238-30%175-16$664$45,064,66317Sony / Columbia
20Flight$112,365-47%200-63$562$93,640,92514Paramount
21Red Dawn (2012)$85,856-43%153-52$561$44,667,52611FilmDistrict
22Playing For Keeps (2012)$69,608719%148113$470$13,027,1439FilmDistrict
23Texas Chainsaw 3D$40,225-70%121-164$332$34,070,6385Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$450,400-4%9430$4,791$2,441,2607Sony Pictures Classics
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$120,627-24%620$1,946$11,876,67532Fox Searchlight
3A Royal Affair$96,70832%444$2,198$1,000,81413Magnolia Pictures
4Anna Karenina (2012)$72,766-34%90-8$809$12,568,25012Focus
5Rust and Bone$71,466-41%80-36$893$1,834,08911Sony Pictures Classics
6Sound City$62,842--16--$3,928$183,3561Variance Films
7The Gatekeepers$61,552--3--$20,517$80,8901Sony Pictures Classics
8To the Arctic 3D$56,852-11%520$1,093$11,081,39042Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Hubble 3D$47,558-7%18-1$2,642$36,184,998151Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Master$42,013-40%28-9$1,500$16,202,31721Weinstein Company
11Koch$35,196--2--$17,598$35,1961Zeitgeist Films
12Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$34,338-63%50-46$687$12,449,7077Paramount
13Taken 2$34,064-48%83-41$410$139,813,35718Fox
1456 Up$26,343-29%132$2,026$229,9775First Run Features
15Born to Be Wild 3D$24,699-16%300$823$21,867,38796Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Frankenweenie$24,281-51%59-25$412$35,267,02518Disney
17The Sessions$22,190-48%29-33$765$5,909,88516Fox Searchlight
18Space Station 3D$21,55541%30$7,185$87,077,613564IMAX
19Searching For Sugar Man$19,917-37%18-8$1,107$3,212,49128Sony Pictures Classics
20Hitchcock$17,660-60%44-46$401$5,892,43211Fox Searchlight
21A Late Quartet$15,5258%122$1,294$1,497,82714Entertainment One / RKO
22The Perks of Being A Wallflower$14,322-52%37-19$387$17,738,57020Lionsgate / Summit
23Pitch Perfect$13,940-67%41-50$340$64,990,79819Universal
24Deep Sea 3D$12,340-5%40$3,085$45,355,355362Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,898-37%330$361$161,317,42330Fox
26West of Memphis$11,079-50%8-6$1,385$101,5806Sony Pictures Classics
27Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$9,283--1--$9,283$9,2831First Run Features
28Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$9,040--1--$9,040$9,0401APD/Cinema Conservancy
29John Dies at the End$7,218-42%21$3,609$22,2852Magnolia / Magnet
30Beware of Mr. Baker$7,001-73%7-8$1,000$100,14010SnagFilms
31Under the Sea 3D$6,309-35%81$789$32,533,099208Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Girls Against Boys$6,111--2--$3,056$6,1111Anchor Bay Films
33Yossi$5,798-53%20$2,899$24,0112Strand Releasing
34LUV$5,437-73%8-13$680$151,5263Indomina Media
35Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$5,038-26%6-2$840$1,004,82120IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
36The House I Live In$4,104102%10$4,104$208,35918Abramorama
37Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$3,339-68%10$3,339$19,3912Music Box Films
38The Pirogue$2,914-15%10$2,914$8,8362ArtMattan Productions
39Killing Them Softly$2,77223%30$924$14,964,12010Weinstein Company
40The Other Son$2,267-43%4-2$567$1,247,16815Cohen Media Group
41Django (2012 re-issue)$1,848245%42$462$25,0977Rialto Pictures
425 Broken Cameras$1,839-28%31$613$84,91236Kino Lorber
43Any Day Now$1,637-80%5-8$327$176,7468Music Box Films
44Neighboring Sounds$1,511--1--$1,511$49,64124Cinema Guild
45Meet The Fokkens$1,285--1--$1,285$30,81026Kino Lorber
46The Waiting Room$1,151-67%2-3$576$189,40319International Film Circuit
47In Another Country$1,103-65%20$552$23,30013Kino Lorber
48Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$765-73%20$383$51,52114Zeitgeist Films
49The Law in These Parts$736--1--$736$13,37612Cinema Guild
50Sushi: The Global Catch$288--1--$288$5,75727Alive Mind Cinema
51Step Up to the Plate$268--1--$268$43,74721Cinema Guild
52Wagner & Me$70-94%10$70$35,1749First Run Features