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, Jun. 14 - Sun, Jun. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$116,619,362--4,207--$27,720$128,681,4861Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$20,719,162--3,055--$6,782$33,027,2971Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$11,016,473-42%3,08262$3,574$80,705,9163Lionsgate / Summit
4Fast & Furious 6$9,583,330-51%3,375-396$2,840$219,723,9554Universal
5The Purge$8,317,995-76%2,59155$3,210$51,962,8452Universal
6The Internship$7,148,551-59%3,39933$2,103$31,099,9122Fox
7Epic$6,284,905-47%3,151-443$1,995$95,713,5284Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$6,256,254-45%2,331-821$2,684$211,086,9485Paramount
9After Earth$4,052,042-62%2,432-969$1,666$54,516,0573Sony / Columbia
10Iron Man 3$2,956,855-49%1,649-702$1,793$399,659,0947Disney
11The Hangover Part III$2,782,149-62%1,901-1341$1,464$108,032,7014Warner Bros.
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,674,333-60%1,175-985$1,425$139,977,8746Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Before Midnight$1,382,719163%897845$1,541$3,054,9684Sony Pictures Classics
242 (2013)$606,12166%44474$1,365$93,701,48910Warner Bros.
3The Croods$570,353-21%368-46$1,550$182,651,45013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Mud$542,785-53%405-175$1,340$19,618,4478Roadside Attractions
5Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$310,774-61%1610$1,930$3,394,0103Eros International
6Frances Ha$293,566-46%212-21$1,385$2,876,7325IFC Films
7The East$287,95526%11574$2,504$709,2603Fox Searchlight
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$244,191-35%259-63$943$234,176,72815Disney
9Oblivion (2013)$183,180-26%258-40$710$88,777,8909Universal
10Olympus Has Fallen$170,121-14%201-35$846$98,388,50613FilmDistrict
11G.I. Joe: Retaliation$110,984-39%170-66$653$122,108,91112Paramount
12Scary Movie 5$86,268506%14190$612$31,529,52510Weinstein / Dimension
13The Big Wedding$80,37759%16573$487$21,477,2818Lionsgate
14Escape From Planet Earth$61,320-43%151-31$406$56,690,66718Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$214,395--5--$42,879$214,3951A24
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$161,727-6%2318$7,032$388,7612Roadside Attractions
3The Kings of Summer$154,850-27%6319$2,458$546,7943CBS Films
4Love Is All You Need$100,521-52%72-29$1,396$1,169,3307Sony Pictures Classics
5Fill the Void$90,27115%185$5,015$396,6694Sony Pictures Classics
6Stories We Tell$83,354-41%63-7$1,323$1,244,1576Roadside Attractions
7Kon-Tiki$76,749-32%70-5$1,096$1,212,2368Weinstein Company
8Fukrey$74,110--57--$1,300$74,1101Eros International
9Hubble 3D$61,78112%18-3$3,432$38,783,519170Warner Bros. / IMAX
1020 Feet from Stardom$54,596--3--$18,199$54,5961RADiUS-TWC
11What Maisie Knew$53,035-65%51-71$1,040$900,0467Millenium Entertainment
12Dirty Wars$48,469-24%1410$3,462$137,2472IFC Films
13Pain and Gain$37,279-63%70-105$533$49,290,5708Paramount
14The Place Beyond the Pines$33,275-54%76-58$438$21,330,18412Focus
15Renoir$31,156-51%33-24$944$2,073,52012IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16The Company You Keep$30,915-29%6615$468$4,991,78511Sony Pictures Classics
17To the Arctic 3D$29,779-16%520$573$12,806,24761Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Hannah Arendt$26,828-26%61$4,471$153,3333Zeitgeist Films
19Shadow Dancer$25,788107%148$1,842$57,8363Magnolia Pictures
20Pandora's Promise$22,495--16--$1,406$23,4191Abramorama
21The Sapphires$22,409-44%39-16$575$2,325,74513Weinstein Company
22Space Station 3D$17,99225%40$4,498$88,066,763583IMAX
23The Iceman$17,155-74%30-37$572$1,902,0817Millennium Entertainment
24Born to Be Wild 3D$16,69929%300$557$22,800,080115Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Life of Pi$12,56812%250$503$124,953,84630Fox
26Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$11,955-52%14-15$854$473,6157eOne Films US
27Under the Sea 3D$11,632-30%10-1$1,163$33,062,229227Warner Bros. / IMAX
28We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$10,516-71%11-14$956$158,9324Focus World
29Quartet$10,142-70%25-89$406$18,336,15623Weinstein Company
30Lost and Found in Armenia$8,275-83%2-7$4,138$82,7102High Top Releasing
31Deep Sea 3D$8,0090%3-3$2,670$45,605,690381Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Storm Surfers 3D$7,915--2--$3,958$30,8928XLrator Media
33Not Today$7,454-67%7-12$1,065$291,82710Freestyle Releasing
34Berberian Sound Studio$6,602--5--$1,320$6,6021IFC Midnight
35So Young$5,281--3--$1,760$5,2811China Lion Film
36More Than Honey$5,225--1--$5,225$7,5311Kino Lorber
37Wish You Were Here (2013)$5,207-80%6-5$868$40,9522eOne Films US
38Lore$4,948-32%2-1$2,474$961,05819Music Box Films
39To the Wonder$4,7833%5-7$957$573,10610Magnolia Pictures
40Tiger Eyes$4,676-57%6-11$779$21,7172Freestyle Releasing
41From Up on Poppy Hill$4,516-8%9-1$502$1,000,87814GKIDS
42One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$4,392--3--$1,464$50,9636Zeitgeist Films
43Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,2880%82$536$341,79216International Film Circuit
44Camp (2013)$4,27893%21$2,139$323,62817Freestyle Releasing
45The English Teacher$3,919-36%2-1$1,960$48,8195Cinedigm
46The Wall$3,875146%43$969$11,0893Music Box Films
47Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$3,837-20%84$480$71,7509Kino Lorber
48Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$3,700--1--$3,700$3,7001First Run Features
49Call Me Kuchu$3,476--1--$3,476$3,4761Cinedigm
50The Guillotines$3,296--10--$330$3,2961Well Go USA
51An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$3,205-18%2-1$1,603$46,4198Variance Films
52No Place on Earth$2,824-42%3-1$941$182,30611Magnolia Pictures
53In the Fog$2,327--1--$2,327$2,3271Strand Releasing
54At Any Price$2,108-72%5-13$422$352,1228Sony Pictures Classics
55The Stroller Strategy$1,799--1--$1,799$1,7991Rialto Premieres
56Venus and Serena$1,623103%31$541$48,2806Magnolia Pictures
57The History of Future Folk$1,535-29%21$768$11,2753Variance / FilmBuff
58You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$1,518-72%20$759$10,6802Kino Lorber
59Searching For Sugar Man$1,420-40%40$355$3,684,59847Sony Pictures Classics
60Augustine$1,192-11%20$596$47,6185Music Box Films
61Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$965-85%4-3$241$111,5499Kino Lorber
62Sound City$916-30%21$458$417,54020Variance Films
63Paradise: Love$908241%10$908$23,1658Strand Releasing
64The Silence$761--2--$381$91,68715Music Box Films
65√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$725-82%3-2$242$6,6092Magnolia Pictures
66No (2013)$684-87%3-11$228$2,341,22618Sony Pictures Classics
67Post Tenebras Lux$665-86%2-4$333$35,5867Strand Releasing
68Free the Mind$661-91%3-1$220$69,5867International Film Circuit
6956 Up$485--2--$243$696,39624First Run Features
70The Gatekeepers$416-72%2-2$208$2,408,55320Sony Pictures Classics
71Syrup$278-8%10$278$6562Magnolia Pictures
72Pieta$220-76%1-1$220$21,0885Drafthouse Films
73Dead Man's Burden$172-68%10$172$29,6347Cinedigm