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, Nov. 1 - Sun, Nov. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$27,017,351--3,407--$7,930$27,017,3511Lionsgate / Summit
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$20,010,303-38%3,3459$5,982$61,568,6392Paramount
3Last Vegas$16,334,566--3,065--$5,329$16,334,5661CBS Films
4Free Birds$15,805,237--3,736--$4,231$15,805,2371Relativity Media
5Gravity$12,825,346-36%3,024-683$4,241$218,891,3595Warner Bros.
6Captain Phillips$8,407,725-28%3,021-122$2,783$82,458,2324Sony / Columbia
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$4,150,983-34%2,430-681$1,708$106,146,1606Sony / Columbia
8The Counselor$3,379,850-57%3,0440$1,110$13,767,3592Fox
9Carrie (2013)$3,263,524-46%2,252-905$1,449$31,836,4123Sony / Screen Gems
10Escape Plan$2,271,200-50%1,966-917$1,155$21,590,9463Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$4,792,214125%410287$11,688$8,952,5383Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$1,086,284-32%662-173$1,641$14,809,9647Fox Searchlight
3About Time$1,076,250--175--$6,150$1,076,2501Universal
4Krrish3$1,049,560--208--$5,046$1,049,5601Eros International
5All Is Lost$569,83811%13048$4,383$1,433,5303Roadside Attractions
6Despicable Me 2$423,3408%309-70$1,370$364,774,32518Universal
7We're the Millers$413,159-29%555-231$744$149,221,40513Warner Bros. / New Line
8Insidious: Chapter 2$408,149-54%553-676$738$82,820,5808FilmDistrict
9Prisoners$401,278-62%465-882$863$59,949,8857Warner Bros.
10Rush (2013)$340,910-51%303-374$1,125$26,491,9197Universal
11Planes$264,0559%289-32$914$89,330,81013Disney
12Baggage Claim$240,627-57%294-300$818$21,224,3906Fox Searchlight
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$209,210-8%251-52$834$67,489,95013Fox
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$193,107-28%312-132$619$115,071,73112Weinstein Company
15I'm in Love with a Church Girl$190,199-62%243-215$783$2,057,2863High Top Releasing
16Monsters University$177,890-15%176-31$1,011$268,019,45820Disney
17Don Jon$170,899-66%181-359$944$23,889,4816Relativity Media
18Machete Kills$163,171-47%263-990$620$7,632,8794Open Road
19Grown Ups 2$118,747-15%148-40$802$133,471,45317Sony / Columbia
20Instructions Not Included$109,885-61%136-165$808$44,132,64010Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Runner Runner$102,109-82%237-732$431$19,156,6325Fox
22The Smurfs 2$79,604-24%135-70$590$70,879,07814Sony / Columbia
23The Wolverine$73,449-29%119-45$617$132,357,10915Fox
24Pulling Strings$69,315-74%109-206$636$5,713,5665Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Man of Tai Chi$61,054--110--$555$61,0541RADiUS-TWC
26The Fifth Estate$33,065-94%111-1658$298$3,187,9963Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$260,865--9--$28,985$260,8651Focus
2Blue Is the Warmest Color$224,413124%3733$6,065$381,7692IFC Films
3The Saratov Approach$145,476-7%430$3,383$916,8064Purdie Distribution
4Blue Jasmine$111,675-25%94-25$1,188$32,387,32615Sony Pictures Classics
5Wadjda$94,828-23%84-3$1,129$1,140,3088Sony Pictures Classics
6Diana$67,754--38--$1,783$67,7541eOne Films US
7Kill Your Darlings$67,18560%1911$3,536$219,0803Sony Pictures Classics
8Turbo$60,360-19%69-39$875$82,807,21516Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Muscle Shoals$57,828-30%46-10$1,257$440,5966Magnolia Pictures
10Inequality for All$51,987-37%67-30$776$1,052,2166RADiUS-TWC
11The Family (2013)$47,532-46%87-131$546$36,578,9858Relativity Media
12Grace Unplugged$44,751-63%81-127$552$2,451,2525Roadside Attractions
13Hubble 3D$36,0183%13-1$2,771$41,116,600190Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Heat$28,620-27%42-38$681$159,511,44019Fox
15Austenland$25,944-16%35-8$741$2,047,04212Sony Pictures Classics
16Elysium$23,878-33%38-23$628$92,572,08513Sony / TriStar
17Space Station 3D$23,0301%4-1$5,758$89,302,892603IMAX
18In a World...$18,786-18%22-10$854$2,906,17313Roadside Attractions
19Big Sur$16,835--13--$1,295$16,8351Ketchup Entertainment
20Spinning Plates$11,513-44%63$1,919$39,1372The Film Arcade
2120 Feet from Stardom$10,58213%9-3$1,176$4,730,87021RADiUS-TWC
22Romeo and Juliet (2013)$9,991-72%22-69$454$1,107,9074Relativity Media
23The Summit$9,839-60%22-31$447$218,4545IFC Films
24The Way, Way Back$9,636-6%15-8$642$21,490,10718Fox Searchlight
25The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$9,165--1--$9,165$9,1651Zeitgeist Films
26Let the Fire Burn$9,128680%97$1,014$32,7125Zeitgeist Films
27The World's End$8,589-28%16-10$537$25,971,35911Focus
28Born to Be Wild 3D$8,315-1%100$832$23,066,614135Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Seasons of Gray$7,569-35%8-6$946$64,8193EchoLight Studios
30A.C.O.D.$7,424-56%15-4$495$172,3445The Film Arcade
31Running From Crazy$6,822--1--$6,822$6,8221Vitagraph Films
32To the Arctic 3D$6,603-21%9-1$734$13,615,64881Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Deep Sea 3D$5,980-13%41$1,495$45,938,522401Warner Bros. / IMAX
34The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$5,872-29%5-9$1,174$45,9026Rialto Pictures
35Escape From Tomorrow$5,491-64%7-4$784$164,6924Producers Distribution Agency
36These Birds Walk$5,454--1--$5,454$5,4541Oscilloscope
37Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$5,273-25%10$5,273$17,9162Cinepix
38I Am Divine$5,196--4--$1,299$16,6934The Film Collaborative
39When Comedy Went to School$5,100127%51$1,020$213,34214International Film Circuit
40Parkland$4,886-63%5-15$977$652,3555Exclusive Media
41Short Term 12$4,541-67%8-10$568$962,70211Cinedigm
42Under the Sea 3D$3,90626%4-3$977$33,654,202247Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Prince Avalanche$3,751256%52$750$201,38413Magnolia Pictures
44Good Ol' Freda$3,537-55%7-6$505$128,0999Magnolia Pictures
45God Loves Uganda$3,274--5--$655$22,7204Variance Films
46Bastards$3,163-29%21$1,582$12,2472IFC Films
47Hannah Arendt$3,125325%21$1,563$714,44223Zeitgeist Films
48The Spectacular Now$2,653-63%18-6$147$6,836,90814A24
49In the Name Of$2,635--1--$2,635$3,5701Film Movement
50After Tiller$2,534--4--$634$59,4007Oscilloscope
51Museum Hours$2,02357%3-1$674$534,46519Cinema Guild
52A Touch of Sin$2,00850%42$502$79,3885Kino Lorber
53Linsanity$1,804-86%4-4$451$259,9325Ketchup Entertainment
54The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,772-41%3-1$591$45,54411Kino Lorber
55Bad Milo!$1,717207%20$859$19,6135Magnolia / Magnet
56Zaytoun$1,697-61%4-2$424$41,2307Strand Releasing
57Mr. Nobody$1,612--4--$403$1,6121Magnolia Pictures
58Mother of George$1,218--4--$305$142,5188Oscilloscope
59Hotel Normandy$1,161--1--$1,161$4,6406Rialto Premieres
60Drinking Buddies$910-44%2-3$455$340,43011Magnolia Pictures
61Hava Nagila (The Movie)$866--1--$866$369,75336International Film Circuit
62Torn$849-90%2-3$425$17,4453The Film Collective
63Broadway Idiot$787295%10$787$26,3114FilmBuff
64The Patience Stone$748-76%4-1$187$143,39812Sony Pictures Classics
65Camille Claudel 1915$696-85%1-1$696$18,2543Kino Lorber
66Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$417-71%1-1$417$4,87112First Run Features
67A Perfect Man$388--2--$194$3881IFC Films
68Before Midnight$350-62%1-2$350$8,114,50724Sony Pictures Classics
69Birth of the Living Dead$346-79%2-8$173$4,8683First Run Features
70I'm So Excited$260-92%1-4$260$1,367,84619Sony Pictures Classics
71The Citizen$160-10%21$80$24,2969Monterey Media
72I Used to Be Darker$72-97%1-4$72$21,5406Strand Releasing