'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, Aug. 9 - Sun, Aug. 11

Wide (1000+)

1Elysium$29,807,393--3,284--$9,077$29,807,3931Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$26,419,396--3,260--$8,104$37,908,1791Warner Bros. / New Line
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,401,054--3,031--$4,751$23,258,1131Fox
52 Guns$11,249,145-58%3,0283$3,715$48,638,0502Universal
6The Smurfs 2$9,328,495-47%3,8671$2,412$46,471,9982Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$8,024,404-62%2,867-1057$2,799$112,010,5743Fox
8The Conjuring$6,627,356-49%2,650-465$2,501$120,672,2624Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$5,915,650-42%2,395-812$2,470$338,481,8456Universal
10Grown Ups 2$3,645,565-54%2,102-973$1,734$123,786,4965Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$2,351,120-62%1,771-1214$1,328$75,121,0744Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$1,966,274-57%1,351-723$1,455$153,582,2197Fox
13Red 2$1,940,423-65%1,574-1181$1,233$49,351,6454Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Blue Jasmine$2,345,40726%11969$19,709$6,041,2463Sony Pictures Classics
2Chennai Express$2,220,497--196--$11,329$2,416,5131UTV Motion Pictures
3Pacific Rim$1,550,226-65%980-823$1,582$96,779,7575Warner Bros.
4The Way, Way Back$1,491,433-45%780-221$1,912$16,311,6216Fox Searchlight
5Fruitvale Station$1,406,275-46%828-258$1,698$13,453,9355Weinstein Company
6Man of Steel$750,30761%426122$1,761$288,681,9709Warner Bros.
7Monsters University$683,659-51%405-474$1,688$260,171,1758Disney
8World War Z$654,475-64%505-407$1,296$197,458,1078Paramount
10The Lone Ranger$290,661-56%261-292$1,114$87,344,9736Disney
11Star Trek Into Darkness$287,830-40%256-44$1,124$226,801,05613Paramount
1220 Feet from Stardom$194,228-35%112-23$1,734$3,851,5129RADiUS-TWC
14White House Down$161,842-68%159-194$1,018$71,947,0107Sony / Columbia
16Fast & Furious 6$146,985-36%191-39$770$238,286,64012Universal
17Now You See Me$143,607-53%143-63$1,004$115,750,14711Lionsgate / Summit
18This Is The End$116,816-63%102-66$1,145$96,505,1939Sony / Columbia
19The Internship$100,996-42%136-36$743$44,422,69010Fox
20The Croods$95,092-33%142-20$670$186,855,00821Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21The Great Gatsby (2013)$84,474-53%135-93$626$144,710,21314Warner Bros.
22After Earth$77,509-38%109-37$711$60,424,49411Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Spectacular Now$266,58935%1915$14,031$534,6922A24
2Blackfish$233,103-13%8126$2,878$1,044,5534Magnolia Pictures
3Hubble 3D$88,9785%130$6,844$40,141,035178Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Attack$88,049-6%451$1,957$1,365,0608Cohen Media Group
5In a World...$70,541--3--$23,514$70,5411Roadside Attractions
6The To Do List$69,809-89%86-499$812$3,447,3393CBS Films
7Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$62,096-75%77-137$806$32,163,0636Lionsgate / Summit
8Still Mine$58,597-39%31-10$1,890$909,3115IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
9Iron Man 3$58,175-76%71-305$819$407,848,52315Disney
10Unfinished Song$53,963-37%53-15$1,018$1,509,9868Weinstein Company
11I'm So Excited$50,864-59%52-47$978$1,216,1687Sony Pictures Classics
12Before Midnight$46,199-71%56-170$825$7,940,52612Sony Pictures Classics
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$40,501-25%53-5$764$4,169,35410Roadside Attractions
14The Act of Killing$38,537-23%269$1,482$239,2594Drafthouse Films
15Prince Avalanche$36,694--14--$2,621$36,6941Magnolia Pictures
16Space Station 3D$34,7695%1-1$34,769$88,789,317591IMAX
17Mud$32,344-47%44-18$735$21,538,36716Roadside Attractions
18Europa Report$27,22622%107$2,723$58,6302Magnolia / Magnet
19Hannah Arendt$24,138-34%150$1,609$533,71811Zeitgeist Films
20Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$23,195-71%16-26$1,450$1,626,2895Reliance Entertainment
21The Hunt$23,065-69%26-21$887$458,9365Magnolia Pictures
22Snake and Mongoose$20,254--1--$20,254$20,2541Rocky Mountain Pictures
23Under the Sea 3D$20,10516%82$2,513$33,436,902235Warner Bros. / IMAX
24To the Arctic 3D$20,102-16%120$1,675$13,382,19369Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The Hangover Part III$19,959-76%46-57$434$112,186,62512Warner Bros.
26Museum Hours$19,648135%148$1,403$235,7657Cinema Guild
27The Artist and the Model$18,386--5--$3,677$45,1002Cohen Media Group
28The Bling Ring$16,982-26%401$425$5,806,4609A24
29Only God Forgives$14,760-70%17-28$868$742,0884RADiUS-TWC
30Drug War$13,38234%84$1,673$38,7413Variance Films / Well Go USA
31Frances Ha$13,221-43%15-7$881$4,001,58513IFC Films
32Fill the Void$12,920-53%19-14$680$1,722,97912Sony Pictures Classics
33Pain and Gain$12,30140%19-1$647$49,803,78016Paramount
34Deep Sea 3D$11,578-10%111$1,053$45,793,980389Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Born to Be Wild 3D$11,177-26%141$798$22,846,662123Warner Bros. / IMAX
36The Canyons$11,076-17%43$2,769$31,1622IFC Films
37When Comedy Went to School$11,052-35%61$1,842$47,9602International Film Circuit
38Love Is All You Need$9,328-24%12-1$777$1,589,05515Sony Pictures Classics
39Girl Most Likely$7,808-80%12-24$651$1,370,0614Roadside Attractions
40Stories We Tell$6,088-53%10-7$609$1,569,74214Roadside Attractions
41Computer Chess$5,705-52%5-1$1,141$79,6174Kino Lorber
42I Give It a Year$5,436--2--$2,718$5,4361Magnolia Pictures
43Free the Mind$4,900106%42$1,225$98,16915International Film Circuit
44Crystal Fairy$4,227-78%10-10$423$164,2875IFC Films
45M (2013 re-issue)$4,199--2--$2,100$33,64822Kino Lorber
46Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$4,15845%5-1$832$96,3986Magnolia Pictures
47Terms and Conditions May Apply$3,225-66%2-4$1,613$35,5375Variance Films
48Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$3,050-36%10$3,050$13,6722Doppelgänger Releasing
49More Than Honey$2,85219%31$951$64,0339Kino Lorber
50Hava Nagila (The Movie)$2,363--3--$788$364,73924International Film Circuit
51Copperhead$2,239-44%1-1$2,239$171,7407Brainstorm Media
52A Hijacking$2,114-67%4-3$529$373,4168Magnolia Pictures
53Augustine$2,05459%32$685$102,19813Music Box Films
54Storm Surfers 3D$1,614122%21$807$113,41416XLrator Media
55Searching For Sugar Man$1,568513%10$1,568$3,694,80855Sony Pictures Classics
56The Wall$1,268-11%31$423$25,95011Music Box Films
57Post Tenebras Lux$1,223--2--$612$38,91115Strand Releasing
58Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$966--1--$966$107,06617Kino Lorber
59In the Fog$935--2--$468$11,6549Strand Releasing
60Rising From Ashes$874-88%2-1$437$11,4222First Run Features
61Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$267-88%1-1$267$146,81717Kino Lorber
62A Band Called Death$233-67%30$78$114,8357Drafthouse Films
63You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$193--2--$97$16,10610Kino Lorber
64√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$50-82%10$50$16,67110Magnolia Pictures
65Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$32-78%1-1$32$27,1569First Run Features