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. 22 - Sun, Feb. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$14,017,085-41%3,22257$4,350$93,619,6153Universal
2Snitch (2013)$13,167,607--2,511--$5,244$13,167,6071Lionsgate / Summit
3Escape From Planet Earth$10,682,037-33%3,35365$3,186$34,812,6992Weinstein Company
4Safe Haven$10,454,713-51%3,2230$3,244$47,916,3562Relativity Media
5A Good Day to Die Hard$10,165,633-59%3,5552$2,860$51,967,8972Fox
6Dark Skies$8,189,166--2,313--$3,540$8,189,1661Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$5,750,866-8%2,012-190$2,858$107,176,01215Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$4,825,388-46%2,644-253$1,825$58,243,4414Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$3,608,333-52%2,9500$1,223$16,570,5982Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$3,357,039-46%2,070-535$1,622$25,099,5553Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$2,230,084-26%1,197-330$1,863$91,539,07510Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,684,532-52%1,425-678$1,182$52,945,0865Paramount
13Mama$1,173,900-56%1,163-485$1,009$70,230,5706Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,827,165-16%802-101$2,278$129,653,50220Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,605,3662%572-75$2,807$113,525,12614Fox
3Lincoln$1,481,081-9%875-132$1,693$178,603,57116Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$1,125,886-14%35623$3,163$8,844,9507Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$971,655-36%659-358$1,474$158,783,4309Weinstein Company
6Amour$716,1862%32822$2,183$5,147,24210Sony Pictures Classics
7Wreck-It Ralph$645,870-19%402-104$1,607$186,676,41117Disney
8Les Miserables (2012)$634,825-26%462-214$1,374$146,696,6909Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$550,483-44%388-217$1,419$300,952,37911Warner Bros. / New Line
10Kai Po Che$522,765--110--$4,752$522,7651UTV Motion Pictures
11Bless Me, Ultima$470,109--263--$1,787$947,2291Arenas Entertainment
12Rise of The Guardians$370,176-12%305-33$1,214$102,017,12314Paramount / DreamWorks
13Parental Guidance$296,950-39%381-222$779$75,772,7339Fox
14The Impossible$289,277-40%273-149$1,060$18,052,76010Lionsgate / Summit
15The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$263,830-29%246-20$1,072$1,920,8094ShortsHD
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$212,790-26%223-31$954$292,123,22115Lionsgate / Summit
17A Haunted House$202,016-32%302-38$669$39,863,7207Open Road
18Skyfall$143,543-46%184-78$780$304,164,76016Sony / Columbia
19Gangster Squad$140,156-31%202-8$694$45,595,2197Warner Bros.
20The Guilt Trip$137,528166%18698$739$36,961,59210Paramount
21Parker$122,878-72%212-493$580$17,365,6485FilmDistrict
22Jack Reacher$70,418-45%100-75$704$79,465,89010Paramount
23The Last Stand$55,665115%11460$488$12,026,6706Lionsgate
24Bullet to the Head$39,071-84%105-365$372$9,397,5234Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$213,57541%73-119$2,926$12,572,08535Fox Searchlight
2The Gatekeepers$133,740196%1915$7,039$380,5804Sony Pictures Classics
3No (2013)$69,752-3%62$11,625$182,0342Sony Pictures Classics
4Hyde Park on Hudson$63,407-38%65-21$975$6,126,49212Focus
5Hubble 3D$58,389-24%254$2,336$36,537,671154Warner Bros. / IMAX
6To the Arctic 3D$56,687-29%520$1,090$11,387,80745Warner Bros. / IMAX
756 Up$55,669-20%325$1,740$464,6178First Run Features
8Broken City$49,534-41%98-35$505$19,583,5526Fox
9This is 40$47,970-52%96-71$500$67,523,38510Universal
10A Royal Affair$36,732-48%25-9$1,469$1,331,19316Magnolia Pictures
11Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$36,72241%169$2,295$107,4735Music Box Films
12Stand Up Guys$35,488-67%41-78$866$3,264,1174Lionsgate / Roadside
13The Master$34,08325%20-2$1,704$16,340,14624Weinstein Company
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$33,966-55%45-54$755$33,316,49310Disney
15Searching For Sugar Man$32,58340%3011$1,086$3,322,28931Sony Pictures Classics
16Born to Be Wild 3D$27,212-41%300$907$22,045,26599Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Like Someone in Love$22,0041%96$2,445$56,1382IFC Films
18Koch$20,992-44%9-2$2,332$168,0384Zeitgeist Films
19Texas Chainsaw 3D$20,962-65%44-52$476$34,334,2568Lionsgate
20Rust and Bone$20,325-22%30-3$678$1,980,99414Sony Pictures Classics
21Lore$20,263-47%80$2,533$124,7643Music Box Films
22John Dies at the End$20,20287%177$1,188$87,7445Magnolia / Magnet
23My Worst Nightmare$20,092--1--$20,092$21,45619Strand Releasing
24Space Station 3D$19,00665%42$4,752$87,249,009567IMAX
25Anna Karenina (2012)$16,597-59%28-23$593$12,802,90715Focus
26Sound City$15,924-32%170$937$314,1104Variance Films
27ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$15,392-71%9-13$1,710$218,2573UTV Motion Pictures
28Hitchcock$13,82844%162$864$5,963,60814Fox Searchlight
29Movie 43$12,163-34%21-14$579$8,799,3745Relativity Media
30West of Memphis$11,02491%124$919$141,9289Sony Pictures Classics
31The Sessions$9,552-21%160$597$5,972,47819Fox Searchlight
32The Power of Few$9,35023%53$1,870$17,7012Steelyard Pictures
33Yossi$9,034-41%70$1,291$74,1715Strand Releasing
34Camp (2013)$7,785--1--$7,785$7,7851Freestyle Releasing
35Under the Sea 3D$5,714-54%8-2$714$32,576,151211Warner Bros. / IMAX
36A Late Quartet$5,432-58%7-6$776$1,544,77017Entertainment One / RKO
37Deep Sea 3D$3,975-41%4-3$994$45,431,928365Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Frankenweenie$3,747233%30$1,249$35,287,78821Disney
3911 Flowers$3,516--2--$1,758$3,5161First Run Features
40Race 2$3,273-81%5-6$655$1,578,9965UTV Motion Pictures
41Beware of Mr. Baker$2,445270%1-1$2,445$112,24813SnagFilms
42The Waiting Room$2,301-33%3-1$767$202,95422International Film Circuit
43Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$1,913--3--$638$14,6974First Run Features
44Masquerade (2012)$1,84555%42$461$914,42223CJ Entertainment
455 Broken Cameras$1,829-13%2-4$915$98,04139Kino Lorber
46Inescapable$1,545--2--$773$1,5451IFC Films
47Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$1,092--2--$546$10,34016APD/Cinema Conservancy
48The Sorcerer and the White Snake$977-64%1-3$977$16,3883Magnolia / Magnet
49Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$667-25%10$667$18,4274APD/Cinema Conservancy
50Le combat dans l'ile (2009 re-issue)$327--1--$327$49,545194The Film Desk
51Breathing$311--1--$311$4,63026Kino Lorber
52Radio Unnameable$228--1--$228$20,34623Kino Lorber