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, Aug. 30 - Sun, Sep. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1One Direction: This Is Us$15,815,497--2,735--$5,783$15,815,4971Sony / TriStar
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$14,878,286-10%3,330220$4,468$74,143,3923Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$12,715,243-3%3,4450$3,691$109,667,1614Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$7,751,705-10%3,259-119$2,379$70,839,3754Disney
5Elysium$6,438,868-7%2,539-374$2,536$78,542,5974Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$5,475,416-41%3,1180$1,756$22,929,6002Sony / Screen Gems
7The World's End$5,036,312-43%1,5532$3,243$16,845,5462Focus
8Getaway$4,503,892--2,130--$2,115$4,503,8921Warner Bros.
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,481,327-15%2,393-337$1,873$55,021,3464Fox
10You're Next$4,091,822-42%2,4370$1,679$13,431,5302Lionsgate
11Blue Jasmine$3,986,5680%1,179-104$3,381$20,453,0366Sony Pictures Classics
12Despicable Me 2$2,760,4606%1,284-118$2,150$354,699,2509Universal
132 Guns$2,638,570-21%1,411-430$1,870$69,348,4755Universal
14Kick-Ass 2$1,950,525-55%1,646-1299$1,185$26,479,5703Universal
15The Smurfs 2$1,948,376-30%1,366-486$1,426$66,102,6125Sony / Columbia
16Monsters University$1,566,639301%1,8891646$829$263,568,95311Disney
17World War Z$1,262,720301%1,2471008$1,013$200,286,55111Paramount
18Jobs$1,203,026-58%1,302-1079$924$14,467,3463Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$7,846,426--348--$22,547$7,846,4261Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$2,477,7921768%749742$3,308$2,673,8362Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$2,464,931--870--$2,833$2,976,7771Focus
4The Wolverine$1,713,346-31%988-461$1,734$127,822,2286Fox
5The Conjuring$1,423,322-31%903-452$1,576$133,896,2327Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$1,127,17182%385231$2,928$3,469,4505A24
7Grown Ups 2$795,748-12%471-149$1,689$130,188,4478Sony / Columbia
8Pacific Rim$789,39696%401141$1,969$100,166,4478Warner Bros.
9Star Trek Into Darkness$784,350637%958814$819$228,225,16016Paramount
10Turbo$755,40117%438-32$1,725$79,802,8847Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Way, Way Back$744,07483%654352$1,138$19,564,6479Fox Searchlight
12The Heat$679,84925%393-16$1,730$157,305,50610Fox
13The Lone Ranger$403,991115%254113$1,591$88,470,8949Disney
14Now You See Me$383,47014%239-7$1,604$116,981,31514Lionsgate / Summit
15Red 2$367,0146%261-128$1,406$52,113,1107Lionsgate / Summit
16Man of Steel$290,194-18%284-19$1,022$290,650,27612Warner Bros.
17White House Down$243,087-9%206-23$1,180$72,772,84910Sony / Columbia
18R.I.P.D.$228,96011%1812$1,265$33,032,0557Universal
19Fruitvale Station$192,492-30%294-98$655$15,525,6648Weinstein Company
20Iron Man 3$190,470-12%160-13$1,190$408,834,39318Disney
21Paranoia$174,338-87%392-2067$445$7,035,8023Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$412,148--83--$4,966$412,1481UTV Motion Pictures
2In a World...$332,59217%9116$3,655$1,196,0624Roadside Attractions
3Chennai Express$231,990-40%93-51$2,495$5,066,7854UTV Motion Pictures
4Austenland$190,77671%5230$3,669$420,1433Sony Pictures Classics
5This Is The End$102,642125%34-4$3,019$96,907,99612Sony / Columbia
6Fast & Furious 6$92,33576%59-39$1,565$238,664,22515Universal
7Short Term 12$91,96964%1612$5,748$168,4322Cinedigm
8Blackfish$91,556-32%82-17$1,117$1,811,0647Magnolia Pictures
920 Feet from Stardom$83,009-3%58-12$1,431$4,376,72012RADiUS-TWC
10Hubble 3D$68,43716%11-2$6,222$40,550,566181Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Ain't Them Bodies Saints$66,0821%4113$1,612$207,0363IFC Films
12The Attack$57,56295%170$3,386$1,580,78711Cohen Media Group
13Epic$47,656-38%80-35$596$107,431,68315Fox
14The Croods$47,65619%45-24$1,059$187,116,89824Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Drinking Buddies$45,439133%1210$3,787$74,4862Magnolia Pictures
16Passion$33,545--14--$2,396$33,5451eOne Films US
17You Will Be My Son$28,35049%60$4,725$83,1893Cohen Media Group
18Afternoon Delight$27,352--2--$13,676$27,3521The Film Arcade
19Cutie and the Boxer$23,518-18%120$1,960$101,3343RADiUS-TWC
20Museum Hours$21,7340%143$1,552$357,80710Cinema Guild
21Therese (2013)$20,7984%82$2,600$52,1522MPI Pictures
22Space Station 3D$18,265-17%32$6,088$88,927,248594IMAX
23Born to Be Wild 3D$17,73275%9-2$1,970$22,939,445126Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Under the Sea 3D$17,67311%71$2,525$33,570,396238Warner Bros. / IMAX
25To the Arctic 3D$16,52145%132$1,271$13,494,91972Warner Bros. / IMAX
26When Comedy Went to School$16,12111%12-1$1,343$131,1645International Film Circuit
27Before Midnight$16,036-13%18-31$891$8,046,45015Sony Pictures Classics
28Una Noche$15,671-9%52$3,134$42,9402IFC Films
29Prince Avalanche$15,306-8%235$665$143,3264Magnolia Pictures
30Still Mine$15,00171%151$1,000$1,011,9718IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
31The Internship$14,129-45%20-27$706$44,641,14313Fox
32The Artist and the Model$13,454387%96$1,495$93,0605Cohen Media Group
33Deep Sea 3D$11,97067%90$1,330$45,849,344392Warner Bros. / IMAX
34The Hunt$11,005-51%11-19$1,000$565,0458Magnolia Pictures
35The Act of Killing$9,732-24%150$649$375,8767Drafthouse Films
36Hannah Arendt$9,441-51%8-6$1,180$633,14214Zeitgeist Films
37I Declare War$8,634--14--$617$8,6341Drafthouse Films
38Frances Ha$8,05426%4-4$2,014$4,051,55616IFC Films
39Drug War$8,015-21%7-4$1,145$108,5346Variance Films / Well Go USA
40I'm So Excited$7,939-39%11-11$722$1,325,27710Sony Pictures Classics
41The Servant (2013 re-issue)$7,270112%21$3,635$31,2896Rialto Pictures
42Unfinished Song$6,323-64%17-10$372$1,628,20911Weinstein Company
43Our Nixon$6,090--3--$2,030$6,0901Cinedigm
44The Patience Stone$5,233-16%51$1,047$64,8953Sony Pictures Classics
45Free the Mind$4,5869%40$1,147$114,97218International Film Circuit
46Love Is All You Need$4,422166%30$1,474$1,613,40418Sony Pictures Classics
47Lovelace$4,2741%5-1$855$352,7554RADiUS-TWC
48A Hijacking$3,448-17%5-1$690$400,88911Magnolia Pictures
49Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,216-75%13-14$247$4,265,42213Roadside Attractions
50Fill the Void$3,07929%7-3$440$1,760,27415Sony Pictures Classics
51Savannah$2,883-82%5-9$577$24,5332Ketchup Entertainment
52Crystal Fairy$2,718-3%9-4$302$186,9588IFC Films
53Only God Forgives$2,6841%30$895$775,8497RADiUS-TWC
54Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$2,321--2--$1,161$29,47712First Run Features
55Underdogs (2013)$2,304-57%1-1$2,304$32,9123Freestyle Releasing
56Mud$2,142-73%6-10$357$21,587,40419Roadside Attractions
57The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,984-33%10$1,984$7,1042Kino Lorber
58I Give It a Year$1,890-40%40$473$23,6344Magnolia Pictures
59The Bling Ring$1,871-26%6-1$312$5,836,64812A24
60Inch'Allah$1,6612%20$831$460,3843eOne Films US
61American Made Movie$1,613--2--$807$35,8211Variance Films
62The Silence$1,611--1--$1,611$96,86226Music Box Films
63The Last Flight of the Champion$1,493--15--$100$1,4931High Top Releasing
64Europa Report$1,429-83%3-7$476$114,3595Magnolia / Magnet
65Approaching Midnight$1,119--6--$187$1,1191Monterey Media
66Stories We Tell$946-73%4-2$237$1,585,83617Roadside Attractions
67Paradise: Faith$896-59%2-1$448$4,4162Strand Releasing
68An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$714--1--$714$67,85819Variance Films
69Computer Chess$552-73%1-1$552$92,6137Kino Lorber
70Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$527-75%2-1$264$18,6585Doppelgänger Releasing
71Girl Most Likely$524-44%10$524$1,377,5397Roadside Attractions
72A Band Called Death$499-44%21$250$123,74410Drafthouse Films
73100 Bloody Acres$262--1--$262$6,23410Doppelgänger Releasing
74More Than Honey$228-23%10$228$68,08112Kino Lorber
75Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$170-73%1-4$170$19,23213Magnolia Pictures
76Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$31-96%1-2$31$101,5579Magnolia Pictures