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, May. 10 - Sun, May. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$72,525,615-58%4,2530$17,053$284,946,6992Disney
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$50,085,184--3,535--$14,168$50,085,1841Warner Bros.
3Pain and Gain$5,001,029-33%3,30316$1,514$41,609,2293Paramount
4Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$4,611,534--2,041--$2,259$4,611,5341Lionsgate
542 (2013)$4,588,209-24%2,930-415$1,566$84,670,0885Warner Bros.
6Oblivion (2013)$4,114,665-27%2,770-660$1,485$81,906,2804Universal
7The Croods$3,609,028-14%2,650-265$1,362$173,224,5058Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Big Wedding$2,490,362-36%2,298-335$1,084$18,278,0533Lionsgate
9Scary Movie 5$675,942-53%1,007-850$671$30,613,9725Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,538,59917%852276$2,980$8,558,5783Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,078,233-49%774-386$1,393$230,260,55310Disney
3Olympus Has Fallen$741,518-38%836-796$887$96,619,1428FilmDistrict
4The Place Beyond the Pines$705,333-45%669-493$1,054$20,008,8697Focus
5Jurassic Park 3D$633,935-29%653-327$971$44,752,8456Universal
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$607,403-52%750-1054$810$119,764,2947Paramount
7The Company You Keep$400,501-43%394-147$1,017$4,130,7516Sony Pictures Classics
8Evil Dead$291,266-53%443-516$657$53,756,7746Sony / TriStar
9Jack the Giant Slayer$247,325-16%281-54$880$64,482,91311Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$192,585-6%279-21$690$133,714,59014Universal
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$186,995-55%278-226$673$51,699,4947Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$156,4523%30111$520$26,366,0367Open Road
13The Sapphires$137,879-6%118-5$1,168$1,837,7698Weinstein Company
14Home Run$131,1872%131-33$1,001$2,722,6414IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
15Silver Linings Playbook$123,892-38%323-145$384$131,927,47526Weinstein Company
16Snitch (2013)$117,126-14%188-27$623$42,687,50612Lionsgate / Summit
17Escape From Planet Earth$101,481-18%254-3$400$55,340,71813Weinstein Company
18The Call$92,9840%121-79$768$51,069,3879Sony / TriStar
19Admission$70,97882%15643$455$17,873,5168Focus
20Safe Haven$45,170-40%124-45$364$71,281,71013Relativity Media
21Aftershock (2013)$40,179--110--$365$40,1791RADiUS-TWC
22Side Effects (2013)$35,362-47%108-57$327$32,154,41014Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Go Goa Gone$170,044--92--$1,848$170,0441Eros International
2Renoir$150,2883%8612$1,748$1,291,5767IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
3The Iceman$111,86327%1713$6,580$239,3922Millennium Entertainment
4Kon-Tiki$84,74914%228$3,852$225,4973Weinstein Company
5The Reluctant Fundamentalist$73,819-14%4611$1,605$244,2773IFC Films
6Filly Brown$67,927-60%92-112$738$2,725,7164Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Shootout at Wadala$61,604-71%890$692$338,4332Eros International
8In the House$61,01330%3412$1,795$222,5454Cohen Media Group
9Hubble 3D$54,234-6%16-2$3,390$38,084,656165Warner Bros. / IMAX
10At Any Price$50,94761%5032$1,019$124,5343Sony Pictures Classics
11No One Lives$47,798--53--$902$47,8001Anchor Bay Films
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$44,42312%2319$1,931$106,7802eOne Films US
13To the Arctic 3D$43,9079%520$844$12,445,08056Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$40,516-52%4323$942$142,8852Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Life of Pi$38,928-33%70-29$556$124,817,43025Fox
16The Angels' Share$37,580-4%385$989$217,3945IFC Films
17Love Is All You Need$37,1781%106$3,718$88,1642Sony Pictures Classics
18Quartet$36,143-17%59-27$613$18,158,90318Weinstein Company
19No (2013)$33,6931%39-6$864$2,247,18813Sony Pictures Classics
20From Up on Poppy Hill$29,667-11%37-2$802$897,1119GKIDS
21Stories We Tell$27,053--2--$13,527$27,0531Roadside Attractions
22What Maisie Knew$24,56014%32$8,187$55,7122Millenium Entertainment
23To the Wonder$22,902-37%402$573$505,9485Magnolia Pictures
24Trance$21,836-50%40-46$546$2,268,6926Fox Searchlight
25Under the Sea 3D$21,81521%180$1,212$32,915,557222Warner Bros. / IMAX
26A Good Day to Die Hard$18,449-56%50-22$369$67,323,60813Fox
27Born to Be Wild 3D$16,883-12%300$563$22,616,318110Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Dark Skies$15,3978%290$531$17,387,71112Weinstein / Dimension
29Ginger & Rosa$15,03315%22-2$683$849,1869A24
30Something in the Air$14,1607%107$1,416$35,1622IFC Films
31King's Faith$14,00035%147$1,000$59,2943Waking Giants Entertainment
32The Gatekeepers$13,10320%191$690$2,376,99115Sony Pictures Classics
3321 And Over$12,153-51%37-45$328$25,675,76511Relativity Media
34Hava Nagila (The Movie)$12,098-23%110$1,100$305,77011International Film Circuit
35One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$11,515--1--$11,515$13,5941Zeitgeist Films
36Spring Breakers$11,014-58%16-27$688$14,030,7389A24
37Venus and Serena$10,981--4--$2,745$10,9811Magnolia Pictures
38Space Station 3D$10,465-46%2-3$5,233$87,804,433578IMAX
39Parental Guidance$9,422-29%29-13$325$77,253,08320Fox
40No Place on Earth$7,755-52%10-9$776$139,8936Magnolia Pictures
41The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$7,700-49%6-4$1,283$549,63211Methinx Entertainment
42Sightseers$7,384--2--$3,692$7,3841IFC Films
43Starbuck$6,978-66%9-19$775$3,777,5708eOne Films US
44Blancanieves$6,643-62%11-4$604$236,3947Cohen Media Group
45Deep Sea 3D$6,54783%53$1,309$45,537,614376Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$6,401316%41$1,600$29,3984Kino Lorber
47Lore$6,369-19%6-2$1,062$884,20714Music Box Films
48The Lords of Salem$5,942-75%15-35$396$1,163,5084Anchor Bay Films
49Room 237$5,518-60%22-6$251$259,7657IFC Midnight
50Emperor$5,374-36%10-10$537$3,319,35610Roadside Attractions
51Not Today$5,27937%52$1,056$159,1305Freestyle Releasing
52Arthur Newman$5,204-60%10-25$520$202,1933Cinedigm
53Post Tenebras Lux$4,8013%10$4,801$16,6222Strand Releasing
54Searching For Sugar Man$4,63849%7-2$663$3,662,32242Sony Pictures Classics
55Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$4,232-48%3-1$1,411$58,2924Kino Lorber
56Storm Surfers 3D$4,06232%31$1,354$19,7953XLrator Media
57Kiss of the Damned$4,03148%75$576$8,6492Magnolia / Magnet
58Girl Rising$4,0003%6324$63$1,148,29710Gathr Films
59The Painting (2013)$3,627--1--$3,627$3,6271GKIDS
60Tai Chi Hero$3,035-39%2-3$1,518$27,4953Well Go USA
61A Place at the Table$2,69833%5-2$540$230,52211Magnolia Pictures
62Sound City$2,411--3--$804$411,32215Variance Films
63Free the Mind$2,365-81%21$1,183$18,4422International Film Circuit
64An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$2,027-55%20$1,014$21,7743Variance Films
65Leonie$1,815-30%3-1$605$52,1789Monterey Media
66Leviathan (2013)$1,750196%42$438$56,87911Cinema Guild
6756 Up$1,739-32%31$580$693,93019First Run Features
68Camp (2013)$1,568-77%3-9$523$314,95812Freestyle Releasing
69Django Unchained$1,534-65%5-7$307$162,804,64820Weinstein Company
70Amour$1,498-50%4-7$375$6,738,95421Sony Pictures Classics
71Gimme the Loot$1,245-25%6-4$208$97,7688IFC Films
72Dead Man's Burden$1,020-87%10$1,020$9,8142Cinedigm
73Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$968-62%21$484$35,80615First Run Features
74Koch$884-3%1-1$884$339,81215Zeitgeist Films
75M (2013 re-issue)$742--1--$742$27,8429Kino Lorber
76The Silence$663-66%21$332$83,00910Music Box Films
77The Waiting Room$375--1--$375$244,09233International Film Circuit
78Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$370-24%10$370$30,8026Cinema Guild
79Fists of Legend$88-96%1-2$88$134,0655CJ Entertainment
80Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$85--1--$85$22,56017Kino Lorber
81A Fierce Green Fire$63-96%10$63$29,57011First Run Features