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, Sep. 13 - Sun, Sep. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious: Chapter 2$40,272,103--3,049--$13,208$40,272,1031FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$14,034,764--3,091--$4,541$14,034,7641Relativity Media
3Riddick$6,841,800-64%3,11710$2,195$31,108,1752Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,544,621-34%3,239-91$1,712$100,003,7395Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$5,404,385-30%3,238-207$1,669$131,591,4816Warner Bros. / New Line
6Planes$3,111,194-25%2,739-294$1,136$83,028,8506Disney
7One Direction: This Is Us$2,470,182-39%2,300-435$1,074$26,957,3843Sony / TriStar
8Elysium$2,106,459-33%1,720-521$1,225$88,444,0746Sony / TriStar
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,883,148-22%1,638-407$1,150$62,093,5876Fox
10The World's End$1,308,241-43%1,243-277$1,052$23,972,8574Focus
11Despicable Me 2$1,282,655-12%1,006-44$1,275$359,113,97511Universal
12The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,128,079-49%1,576-943$716$29,642,6854Sony / Screen Gems
13This Is The End$792,857-58%1,333-828$595$100,434,25914Sony / Columbia
14Getaway$688,132-69%1,378-757$499$9,984,9453Warner Bros.
15You're Next$561,848-65%1,110-792$506$17,938,7684Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$4,862,712-40%933216$5,212$27,193,4103Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Blue Jasmine$1,614,970-31%993-76$1,626$27,701,5248Sony Pictures Classics
32 Guns$871,680-38%908-257$960$73,450,0807Universal
4The Spectacular Now$704,9503%770355$916$5,737,7207A24
5The Smurfs 2$631,049-30%693-256$911$68,949,8427Sony / Columbia
6The Conjuring$599,296-17%676-40$887$136,002,8409Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Wolverine$565,194-24%540-158$1,047$130,226,0588Fox
8The Grandmaster$482,613-53%705-99$685$5,840,1134Weinstein Company
9Turbo$430,5970%353-5$1,220$81,131,1239Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Monsters University$363,260-20%382-214$951$265,455,31413Disney
11Austenland$328,18595%274216$1,198$1,135,6215Sony Pictures Classics
12World War Z$316,843-28%280-94$1,132$201,835,67613Paramount
13Grown Ups 2$293,268-22%294-61$998$131,017,50310Sony / Columbia
14The Way, Way Back$290,246-37%421-129$689$20,850,38311Fox Searchlight
15In a World...$288,6863%14442$2,005$2,059,6366Roadside Attractions
16The Heat$283,131-22%336-14$843$158,298,26312Fox
17Kick-Ass 2$250,480-61%343-319$730$28,556,8805Universal
18The Ultimate Life$241,597-63%4120$586$1,071,0602High Top Releasing
19Pacific Rim$227,525-34%254-53$896$101,197,79410Warner Bros.
20Closed Circuit$216,546-77%413-457$524$5,595,2463Focus
21Jobs$193,026-53%239-263$808$15,883,0525Open Road
22The Lone Ranger$130,944-32%196-35$668$89,008,02711Disney
23Red 2$128,906-21%209-41$617$52,627,0709Lionsgate / Summit
24R.I.P.D.$128,735-20%164-17$785$33,455,8559Universal
25Now You See Me$126,719-35%171-34$741$117,575,14316Lionsgate / Summit
26Fruitvale Station$75,709-30%137-51$553$15,881,01710Weinstein Company
27White House Down$68,425-41%117-51$585$73,103,78412Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grand Masti$223,222--64--$3,488$223,2221Eros International
2Short Term 12$155,21066%6337$2,464$511,6344Cinedigm
3The Investigator$93,690--11--$8,517$93,6901Gabriel's Messenger Films
4Adore$63,872-47%52-5$1,228$247,7392Exclusive Media
5Man of Steel$61,017-49%91-110$671$291,021,56514Warner Bros.
6Drinking Buddies$54,13629%2911$1,867$218,3994Magnolia Pictures
7Salinger$43,956-49%40$10,989$157,6732Weinstein Company
8Wadjda$41,253--3--$13,751$116,9201Sony Pictures Classics
9Populaire$38,126143%1512$2,542$61,3532Weinstein Company
10Paranoia$37,106-36%71-107$523$7,254,8815Relativity Media
11Afternoon Delight$33,810-40%3914$867$152,4633The Film Arcade
12Blackfish$32,802-23%44-16$746$1,989,5449Magnolia Pictures
13Chennai Express$30,148-54%30-23$1,005$5,266,3226UTV Motion Pictures
14Ain't Them Bodies Saints$30,019-23%39-5$770$338,7135IFC Films
15Hubble 3D$29,8272%130$2,294$40,676,166183Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Attack$28,388-20%14-2$2,028$1,668,07213Cohen Media Group
17Still Mine$24,59318%233$1,069$1,078,46610IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
18Satyagraha$23,851-77%35-44$681$724,0883UTV Motion Pictures
19The Act of Killing$22,468359%196$1,183$419,9399Drafthouse Films
20Museum Hours$20,51972%185$1,140$421,22512Cinema Guild
21Epic$15,483-55%31-25$499$107,515,29717Fox
22You Will Be My Son$14,68398%62$2,447$117,4565Cohen Media Group
23Good Ol' Freda$14,627115%76$2,090$22,9572Magnolia Pictures
24Mademoiselle C$14,284--6--$2,381$17,1471Cohen Media Group
25Blue Caprice$13,400--1--$13,400$13,4001IFC Films
26Space Station 3D$13,3212%30$4,440$88,986,219596IMAX
27Snake and Mongoose$12,785--6--$2,131$108,3336Rocky Mountain Pictures
28The Croods$11,900-17%20-6$595$187,165,54626Fox / DreamWorks Animation
29Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$10,662--3--$3,554$10,6621Icarus Films
30Before Midnight$10,6162%215$506$8,084,23217Sony Pictures Classics
31Jayne Mansfield's Car$9,320--11--$847$9,3201Anchor Bay Films
32Touchy Feely$8,866157%53$1,773$19,6912Magnolia Pictures
33The Patience Stone$8,632-2%7-4$1,233$90,2945Sony Pictures Classics
34Renoir$8,036--3--$2,679$2,282,61825IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
35Unfinished Song$7,868-30%17-4$463$1,661,70713Weinstein Company
36And While We Were Here$7,750--19--$408$7,7501Well Go USA
37Deep Sea 3D$7,4072%80$926$45,872,164394Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Contempt (2013 re-issue)$7,397-11%10$7,397$20,6812Rialto Pictures
39To the Arctic 3D$7,266-7%121$606$13,523,15974Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Hannah Arendt$6,853-31%5-3$1,371$662,37716Zeitgeist Films
41I'm So Excited$6,458-23%91$718$1,351,39912Sony Pictures Classics
42Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$6,409-12%14-5$458$4,291,09415Roadside Attractions
43Prince Avalanche$6,377-22%12-2$531$175,0866Magnolia Pictures
44The Hunt$6,248-44%10-1$625$596,84910Magnolia Pictures
45Herb & Dorothy 50x50$6,157--1--$6,157$6,1571Fine Line Media
46Passion$6,092-62%12-1$508$85,7263eOne Films US
47Born to Be Wild 3D$5,483-25%9-1$609$22,960,384128Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Under the Sea 3D$5,406-25%8-2$676$33,599,080240Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Una Noche$5,303-50%5-1$1,061$77,1114IFC Films
50Rising From Ashes$4,654351%53$931$26,6007First Run Features
51I Give It a Year$3,5096%51$702$32,5146Magnolia Pictures
52Savannah$3,1096%61$518$34,2314Ketchup Entertainment
53Informant$2,947--2--$1,474$2,9471Music Box Films
54Plush$2,843--10--$284$2,8431IM Global / Blumhouse
55The Last Time I Saw Macao$2,838--1--$2,838$2,8381Cinema Guild
56The Wall$2,786--2--$1,393$37,22916Music Box Films
57Red Obsession$2,593-49%31$864$9,9392Area23a / FilmBuff
58Our Nixon$2,548-1%42$637$15,7313Cinedigm
59Il Futuro$2,510-3%32$837$7,0562Strand Releasing
60Love Is All You Need$2,430-62%5-1$486$1,627,87420Sony Pictures Classics
61When Comedy Went to School$2,411-76%4-5$603$153,2417International Film Circuit
62Out of the Clear Blue Sky$2,231-5%10$2,231$16,0502Area23a
63More Than Honey$2,100242%20$1,050$71,49714Kino Lorber
64A Hijacking$1,869-6%30$623$409,24813Magnolia Pictures
65Viola$1,690--1--$1,690$17,16110Cinema Guild
66A Band Called Death$1,5692314%21$785$125,85612Drafthouse Films
67Fire in the Blood$1,538-68%32$513$7,9432International Film Circuit
68La Maison de la Radio$1,291-8%10$1,291$4,6592Kino Lorber
69The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,078693%10$1,078$10,1944Kino Lorber
70Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$1,063--1--$1,063$149,94022Kino Lorber
71Europa Report$1,002-71%4-2$251$120,7837Magnolia / Magnet
72Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$954109%30$318$103,43811Magnolia Pictures
73Computer Chess$812175%21$406$94,1169Kino Lorber
74Augustine$742--3--$247$107,11418Music Box Films
75Leviathan (2013)$413-58%1-1$413$74,53229Cinema Guild
76Stories We Tell$296-94%4-5$74$1,595,84119Roadside Attractions
77Approaching Midnight$252177%10$252$2,1203Monterey Media
78I Declare War$226-65%1-2$226$14,3883Drafthouse Films
79Underdogs (2013)$190-62%10$190$35,2075Freestyle Releasing
80√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$175-74%2-3$88$20,97615Magnolia Pictures
81Fill the Void$136-95%2-4$68$1,768,31517Sony Pictures Classics
82You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$94-74%21$47$17,68515Kino Lorber