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, Apr. 19 - Sun, Apr. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$37,054,485--3,783--$9,795$37,054,4851Universal
242 (2013)$17,721,410-36%3,250247$5,453$53,753,5112Warner Bros.
3The Croods$9,235,295-30%3,435-254$2,689$154,633,0375Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Scary Movie 5$6,150,584-57%3,4020$1,808$22,798,1762Weinstein / Dimension
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$5,763,891-47%3,175-360$1,815$111,200,1574Paramount
6The Place Beyond the Pines$4,917,54527%1,5421028$3,189$11,642,6454Focus
7Olympus Has Fallen$4,475,543-38%2,638-297$1,697$88,776,7955FilmDistrict
8Evil Dead$4,112,001-57%2,823-202$1,457$48,456,9513Sony / TriStar
9Jurassic Park 3D$4,054,285-54%2,330-448$1,740$38,525,3753Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$3,004,644-38%2,045-459$1,469$223,726,7527Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,220,291-51%1,405-400$1,580$48,884,4564Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$1,000,125-58%1,356-816$738$25,178,8784Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Home Run$1,582,466--381--$4,153$1,582,4661IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
2Filly Brown$1,478,323--188--$7,863$1,478,3231Lionsgate / Pantelion
3The Call$878,294-55%977-653$899$50,100,4436Sony / TriStar
4The Lords of Salem$642,942--355--$1,811$642,9421Anchor Bay Films
5Silver Linings Playbook$547,66034%867416$632$131,030,87523Weinstein Company
6Identity Thief$484,785-10%480-84$1,010$132,675,99511Universal
7Trance$403,782-55%4435$911$1,826,3963Fox Searchlight
8Admission$341,753-61%485-424$705$17,452,4975Focus
9Side Effects (2013)$300,815467%645592$466$31,803,64511Open Road
10The Sapphires$254,9692%11421$2,237$1,137,7275Weinstein Company
11Jack the Giant Slayer$209,962-35%255-76$823$63,261,1268Warner Bros. / New Line
12Safe Haven$209,19316%32548$644$70,876,74510Relativity Media
13Life of Pi$161,965-32%193-24$839$124,525,08422Fox
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$157,0852%265-9$593$22,339,6676Warner Bros. / New Line
15Quartet$155,079-32%176-48$881$17,843,84415Weinstein Company
16Warm Bodies$150,614-32%240-39$628$66,118,64312Lionsgate / Summit
17Escape From Planet Earth$144,392-9%240-36$602$54,849,38110Weinstein Company
18Spring Breakers$103,221-73%122-304$846$13,831,7486A24
19Girl Rising$98,6682603%170122$580$849,4847Gathr Films
20A Good Day to Die Hard$95,293-37%170-40$561$67,153,51310Fox
21Snitch (2013)$80,624-39%161-54$501$42,111,9929Lionsgate / Summit
22Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$61,553-39%112-42$550$55,682,07013Paramount
23Wreck-It Ralph$52,435-34%114-20$460$189,358,96125Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Company You Keep$396,38543%8443$4,719$950,4823Sony Pictures Classics
2Renoir$141,176-23%567$2,521$658,0434IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
3No (2013)$117,501-24%88-11$1,335$2,026,69910Sony Pictures Classics
4To the Wonder$107,434-8%4932$2,193$262,3142Magnolia Pictures
5From Up on Poppy Hill$74,237-21%48-1$1,547$722,4246GKIDS
6Upstream Color$69,260-3%3019$2,309$211,3963ERBP
7Dark Skies$67,99595%9166$747$17,293,0659Weinstein / Dimension
8Ek Thi Daayan$65,857--47--$1,401$65,8571Eros International
9Hubble 3D$59,462-6%16-2$3,716$37,721,022162Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Parental Guidance$55,6045%900$618$77,184,90717Fox
11Camp (2013)$49,13044%3211$1,535$230,0459Freestyle Releasing
12To the Arctic 3D$45,985-17%520$884$12,197,94253Warner Bros. / IMAX
1321 And Over$39,217-49%50-57$784$25,505,4758Relativity Media
14Django Unchained$38,609-52%77-49$501$162,760,25617Weinstein Company
15Monsters, Inc. 3D$35,458-13%29-1$1,223$33,989,17718Disney
16The Angels' Share$31,60868%1512$2,107$57,3462IFC Films
17In the House$31,441--3--$10,480$31,4411Cohen Media Group
18The Gatekeepers$29,718-59%50-40$594$2,316,55412Sony Pictures Classics
19Blancanieves$27,871-1%2710$1,032$155,8764Cohen Media Group
20Room 237$26,741-25%277$990$189,3354IFC Midnight
21Emperor$26,051-50%64-32$407$3,274,2487Roadside Attractions
22Starbuck$25,943-20%29-3$895$3,696,7785eOne Films US
23Fists of Legend$25,542-48%18-5$1,419$100,6452CJ Entertainment
24Ginger & Rosa$24,435-56%48-23$509$759,5026A24
25Lore$23,225-29%27-6$860$823,60711Music Box Films
26Space Station 3D$20,244-5%3-2$6,748$87,703,950575IMAX
27Not Today$19,591-80%20-21$980$138,6772Freestyle Releasing
28The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$18,817-39%51-4$369$303,001,22919Warner Bros. / New Line
29It's a Disaster$18,08818%1310$1,391$38,1002Oscilloscope
30Under the Sea 3D$17,931-3%17-1$1,055$32,819,004219Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Born to Be Wild 3D$17,0947%300$570$22,493,946107Warner Bros. / IMAX
32No Place on Earth$16,995-31%165$1,062$72,2953Magnolia Pictures
33Argo$16,874-71%43-129$392$136,019,44828Warner Bros.
34Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$13,802--1--$13,802$18,9841Kino Lorber
35On the Road$13,083-63%33-31$396$705,92118IFC Films
36Lincoln$10,370-55%25-33$415$182,204,44024Disney / DreamWorks
37Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$10,341--1--$10,341$10,3411Rialto Pictures
38Stoker$10,134-16%28-2$362$1,690,8878Fox Searchlight
39Searching For Sugar Man$8,209-11%13-1$631$3,640,51939Sony Pictures Classics
40Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$7,937--1--$7,937$8,7971Kino Lorber
41Amour$7,829-43%19-9$412$6,726,70518Sony Pictures Classics
42A Royal Affair$6,378-2%60$1,063$1,540,59824Magnolia Pictures
43Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$6,18520%9-1$687$330,87313Music Box Films
4456 Up$5,453174%51$1,091$679,65916First Run Features
45A Place at the Table$5,04561%112$459$218,0448Magnolia Pictures
46Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$4,56096%4-1$1,140$16,2733First Run Features
47Gimme the Loot$4,508-27%70$644$85,3145IFC Films
48Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,341-37%9-2$482$257,4418International Film Circuit
49Settai$4,116-73%2-13$2,058$84,4053UTV Motion Pictures
50Leonie$3,976-60%9-2$442$39,4586Monterey Media
51Herman's House$3,552--1--$3,552$3,5521First Run Features
52Deep Sea 3D$3,030-63%2-1$1,515$45,510,551373Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Like Someone in Love$3,011-40%11-3$274$221,39010IFC Films
54Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$2,886-85%2-11$1,443$124,3663CodeBlack Films
55Beyond the Hills$2,758-41%103$276$109,2487IFC Films
56Violeta Went to Heaven$2,69496%31$898$14,4094Kino Lorber
57Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$2,667-56%10$2,667$27,2833Cinema Guild
58Koch$2,550-48%2-1$1,275$332,62912Zeitgeist Films
59Pawn$2,137--1--$2,137$2,1371Anchor Bay Films
60A Fierce Green Fire$2,118472%43$530$22,9188First Run Features
61West of Memphis$1,951-40%5-12$390$309,86417Sony Pictures Classics
62Simon Killer$1,900-65%20$950$16,9513IFC Films
63Leviathan (2013)$1,704-42%4-1$426$52,2808Cinema Guild
64Night Across the Street$1,011--2--$506$14,04611Cinema Guild
65Kai Po Che$92071%21$460$1,121,8169UTV Motion Pictures
66The Silence$739-48%3-1$246$77,7357Music Box Films
67Into the White$387330%10$387$5472Magnolia Pictures
68Wrong$381-52%43$95$38,7914Drafthouse Films
69The Waiting Room$210-58%10$210$243,60730International Film Circuit
70If I Were You$210--1--$210$8,5226Kino Lorber
71Himmatwala$133-80%1-2$133$270,8804UTV Motion Pictures
72Neighboring Sounds$111-97%1-2$111$57,72935Cinema Guild