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, Feb. 15 - Sun, Feb. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Good Day to Die Hard$24,834,845--3,553--$6,990$33,073,9611Fox
2Identity Thief$23,674,295-31%3,16524$7,480$70,962,0802Universal
3Safe Haven$21,401,594--3,223--$6,640$30,230,5121Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$15,891,055--3,288--$4,833$15,891,0551Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$8,865,186-22%2,897-112$3,060$50,085,7173Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$7,582,595--2,950--$2,570$10,124,9121Warner Bros.
7Side Effects (2013)$6,272,152-33%2,6050$2,408$19,092,9882Open Road
8Silver Linings Playbook$6,241,902-3%2,202-607$2,835$98,616,37414Weinstein Company
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$3,513,410-39%2,103-1182$1,671$49,742,2054Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$2,995,899-25%1,527-1035$1,962$87,924,5679Sony / Columbia
11Mama$2,686,245-36%1,648-1029$1,630$68,166,4205Universal
12Lincoln$1,635,183-13%1,007-510$1,624$176,223,11015Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$1,527,281-34%1,017-485$1,502$157,020,2648Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$2,182,269-8%903-502$2,417$126,845,32119Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,570,368-10%647-277$2,427$110,872,26913Fox
3Quartet$1,314,09740%33389$3,946$6,890,1146Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$990,361-33%605-396$1,637$299,874,70610Warner Bros. / New Line
5Les Miserables (2012)$861,895-45%676-771$1,275$145,527,8758Universal
6Wreck-It Ralph$793,472-26%506-251$1,568$185,527,33116Disney
7Amour$702,74287%306181$2,297$3,925,8719Sony Pictures Classics
8Parental Guidance$489,509-54%603-616$812$75,153,3698Fox
9The Impossible$480,402-50%422-317$1,138$17,507,0539Lionsgate / Summit
10Parker$443,645-76%705-1299$629$16,999,6694FilmDistrict
11Rise of The Guardians$421,91966%33863$1,248$101,381,49413Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$370,509-4%266115$1,393$1,466,4463ShortsHD
13A Haunted House$298,490-62%340-573$878$39,546,2616Open Road
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$285,713186%25494$1,125$291,779,21914Lionsgate / Summit
15Skyfall$267,784-38%262-108$1,022$303,898,78115Sony / Columbia
16Bullet to the Head$240,819-88%470-1934$512$9,234,4983Warner Bros.
17Gangster Squad$201,742-77%210-732$961$45,346,2936Warner Bros.
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$151,96722%19295$791$12,272,20034Fox Searchlight
19Jack Reacher$128,247-46%175-132$733$79,334,2329Paramount
20Stand Up Guys$106,550-84%119-551$895$3,161,6073Lionsgate / Roadside
21This is 40$99,365-49%167-111$595$67,432,8059Universal
22Hotel Transylvania$89,171-44%144-47$619$148,280,63521Sony / Columbia
23Broken City$83,383-83%133-622$627$19,488,2955Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$141,381-93%40-260$3,535$2,958,3992Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$101,644-26%86-44$1,182$6,015,09211Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$80,14530%520$1,541$11,279,73944Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$77,02463%214$3,668$36,395,807153Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Monsters, Inc. 3D$75,934-65%99-137$767$33,232,9429Disney
6No (2013)$71,742--4--$17,936$71,7421Sony Pictures Classics
7A Royal Affair$70,50911%34-3$2,074$1,244,87315Magnolia Pictures
856 Up$69,93385%2711$2,590$371,0627First Run Features
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$59,876-41%96-89$624$34,288,9117Lionsgate
10Here Comes the Boom$53,779-45%96-48$560$45,274,25119Sony / Columbia
11ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$53,657-44%22-3$2,439$179,8112UTV Motion Pictures
12The Guilt Trip$51,728-52%88-137$588$36,794,8079Paramount
13Born to Be Wild 3D$45,7725%300$1,526$21,985,56898Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Gatekeepers$45,1857%41$11,296$216,6313Sony Pictures Classics
15Anna Karenina (2012)$40,815-34%51-40$800$12,762,90414Focus
16Lore$38,27021%82$4,784$86,1022Music Box Films
17Koch$37,47844%117$3,407$126,1563Zeitgeist Films
18Red Dawn (2012)$28,018-48%56-49$500$44,794,93613FilmDistrict
19The Master$27,27015%22-7$1,240$16,285,99423Weinstein Company
20Rust and Bone$26,140-11%33-18$792$1,943,49313Sony Pictures Classics
21Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$26,028729%76$3,718$53,2544Music Box Films
22The Last Stand$25,837-72%54-185$478$11,959,6475Lionsgate
23Sound City$23,486-26%17-2$1,382$286,5833Variance Films
24Searching For Sugar Man$23,34714%19-1$1,229$3,278,31330Sony Pictures Classics
25Like Someone in Love$21,813--3--$7,271$21,8131IFC Films
26A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III$21,786--18--$1,210$35,5862A24
27Movie 43$18,365-93%35-742$525$8,778,6794Relativity Media
28Race 2$17,555-79%11-52$1,596$1,566,7394UTV Motion Pictures
29Yossi$15,33472%71$2,191$56,2434Strand Releasing
30A Late Quartet$12,94747%131$996$1,531,48316Entertainment One / RKO
31Under the Sea 3D$12,514301%102$1,251$32,555,517210Warner Bros. / IMAX
32The Sessions$12,0673%16-2$754$5,954,28018Fox Searchlight
33Space Station 3D$11,500-73%2-1$5,750$87,158,044566IMAX
34John Dies at the End$10,777-47%101$1,078$62,6424Magnolia / Magnet
35Hitchcock$9,598-52%14-22$686$5,944,06313Fox Searchlight
36Lost in Thailand$8,289-74%350$237$55,5642WAMCR
37Playing For Keeps (2012)$8,010-72%23-58$348$13,099,78611FilmDistrict
38The Power of Few$7,614--2--$3,807$7,6141Steelyard Pictures
39Deep Sea 3D$6,736-84%70$962$45,418,695364Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Killing Them Softly$6,240-84%30-57$208$15,022,14612Weinstein Company
41Taken 2$6,018-60%16-19$376$139,852,11520Fox
42West of Memphis$5,764-43%8-2$721$128,8438Sony Pictures Classics
43The Waiting Room$3,449-34%40$862$198,99221International Film Circuit
44Brooklyn Castle$2,812--3--$937$216,09818Producers Distribution Agency
45The Sorcerer and the White Snake$2,744-50%4-1$686$14,1612Magnolia / Magnet
46Night Across the Street$2,205-32%10$2,205$7,6132Cinema Guild
475 Broken Cameras$2,091-20%6-1$349$93,57838Kino Lorber
48North Sea Texas$1,563--2--$782$27,41316Strand Releasing
49Masquerade (2012)$1,194-32%2-2$597$911,81722CJ Entertainment
50Any Day Now$1,138-28%3-2$379$183,07510Music Box Films
51Frankenweenie$1,125-83%3-17$375$35,283,19220Disney
52The Package (2013)$1,095--1--$1,095$1,0951Anchor Bay Films
53Starlet$916--2--$458$87,91015Music Box Films
54Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$888--1--$888$17,7603APD/Cinema Conservancy
55We Won't Grow Old Together$694--1--$694$13,60237The Film Desk
56Wagner & Me$673178%10$673$36,08911First Run Features
57Beware of Mr. Baker$661-77%2-1$331$109,40612SnagFilms