'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, Dec. 13 - Sun, Dec. 15

Wide (1000+)

1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$73,645,197--3,903--$18,869$73,645,1971Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$22,568,138-29%3,716-26$6,073$164,772,2114Disney
3Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$16,007,634--2,194--$7,296$16,007,6341Lionsgate
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$13,671,666-48%3,563-600$3,837$357,503,6634Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$2,820,055-41%2,264-810$1,246$198,245,7446Disney
6Out of the Furnace$2,425,978-54%2,1010$1,155$9,574,4402Relativity Media
7Delivery Man$1,968,891-47%2,041-864$965$28,091,5754Disney / DreamWorks
8The Book Thief$1,734,679-34%1,158-158$1,498$14,936,4476Fox
9Homefront$1,706,286-50%2,102-468$812$18,507,1553Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Philomena$1,820,479-17%8350$2,180$11,083,4574Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,174,269-22%574-160$2,046$14,301,1347Focus
3The Best Man Holiday$1,055,690-60%922-655$1,145$69,019,6955Universal
4Nebraska$912,45275%250137$3,650$3,378,4515Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$745,457-38%503-397$1,482$252,779,06511Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$732,825-36%497-585$1,474$36,364,5139Fox Searchlight
7Last Vegas$606,753-52%726-813$836$61,757,9757CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$290,176-43%323-317$898$104,017,03410Sony / Columbia
9Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$267,858-67%456-701$587$100,563,4508Paramount
10Ender's Game$214,239-56%331-277$647$60,520,8317Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$159,36250%263116$606$5,706,4319Roadside Attractions
12Despicable Me 2$143,835-16%223-29$645$367,355,88524Universal
13Black Nativity$143,611-86%260-1265$552$6,878,0973Fox Searchlight
14Blue Jasmine$102,465275%302267$339$32,900,32721Sony Pictures Classics
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$102,022-37%175-137$583$115,412,36812Sony / Columbia
16Free Birds$101,559-70%283-919$359$53,982,5927Relativity Media
17About Time$95,765-57%143-123$670$15,196,8787Universal
18Escape Plan$94,487154%16786$566$24,721,5829Lionsgate / Summit
19The Christmas Candle$90,859-47%190-116$478$2,115,8705EchoLight Studios
20Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$44,815-18%123-17$364$68,378,13319Fox
21Oldboy (2013)$33,580-89%151-432$222$2,162,5933FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

1American Hustle$740,455--6--$123,409$740,4551Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$413,373--15--$27,558$413,3731Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$356,785-12%1511$23,786$910,3172CBS Films
4The Great Beauty$86,525-4%388$2,277$530,9325Janus Films
5Blue Is the Warmest Color$61,429-18%58-20$1,059$1,891,8438IFC Films
6Enough Said$44,016-32%72-22$611$17,363,90713Fox Searchlight
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$35,084-53%40$8,771$241,0793Weinstein Company
8Don Jon$31,457-39%92-33$342$24,423,14112Relativity Media
9The Armstrong Lie$30,136-17%46-31$655$292,2736Sony Pictures Classics
10Insidious: Chapter 2$28,812-41%99-23$291$83,574,83114FilmDistrict
11Kill Your Darlings$28,479-22%40-32$712$879,3429Sony Pictures Classics
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$26,282-90%61-946$431$116,098,90718Weinstein Company
13Narco Cultura$22,462-66%29-17$775$131,9954Cinedigm
14Hubble 3D$21,873-12%142$1,562$41,530,975196Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Counselor$16,382-30%60-11$273$16,923,0428Fox
16Space Station 3D$16,125-2%50$3,225$89,571,785609IMAX
18The Family (2013)$14,233-50%56-40$254$36,887,95014Relativity Media
1920 Feet from Stardom$12,327376%3222$385$4,794,40727RADiUS-TWC
20The Saratov Approach$12,054-25%21-6$574$1,466,58710Purdie Distribution
21Wadjda$11,46816%193$604$1,371,16414Sony Pictures Classics
22Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$11,084-3%157$739$99,7434IFC Films
23The Punk Singer$10,924-56%204$546$87,8223IFC Films
24Monsters University$10,232-38%48-27$213$268,488,32926Disney
25Baggage Claim$9,938-21%30-12$331$21,564,61612Fox Searchlight
26Bettie Page Reveals All$9,128-61%17-4$537$62,2384Music Box Films
27The Last Days on Mars$8,47884%1310$652$15,9282Magnolia / Magnet
28To the Arctic 3D$6,3587%8-2$795$13,702,55687Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Liv & Ingmar$5,451--2--$2,726$5,4511Janus Films
30The Act of Killing$5,415--5--$1,083$456,89022Drafthouse Films
31Spinning Plates$4,715-45%60$786$109,7568The Film Arcade
32Muscle Shoals$4,120-37%11-2$375$656,57512Magnolia Pictures
33Camille Claudel 1915$3,459--4--$865$26,2049Kino Lorber
34Let the Fire Burn$3,198-25%2-1$1,599$59,03311Zeitgeist Films
35Sweet Dreams (2013)$3,065-62%5-2$613$22,8537International Film Circuit
36Austenland$2,868-10%121$239$2,148,72918Sony Pictures Classics
37Inequality for All$2,615-79%11-3$238$1,187,35412RADiUS-TWC
38Journey to the South Pacific$2,481-22%10$2,481$18,6923IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
39Museum Hours$2,326170%20$1,163$551,02525Cinema Guild
40Nuclear Nation$2,268--1--$2,268$3,6001First Run Features
41Deep Sea 3D$1,99823%21$999$45,997,737407Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Tricked$1,930--1--$1,930$1,9301Kino Lorber
43The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$1,77087%21$885$53,2417Zeitgeist Films
44I Am Divine$1,4454%2-1$723$55,70310The Film Collaborative
45Under the Sea 3D$1,291-31%60$215$33,685,939253Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Faust$1,17713%52$235$36,6645Leisure Time Features
47Short Term 12$9258%2-2$463$1,008,50717Cinedigm
48Big Sur$855--2--$428$35,9277Ketchup Entertainment
49Here Comes the Devil$783--2--$392$7831Magnolia / Magnet
50A Touch of Sin$742-71%2-1$371$103,05211Kino Lorber
51Paradise: Hope$679-75%32$226$4,1472Strand Releasing
52The Last Time I Saw Macao$481--1--$481$5,64114Cinema Guild
53The Trials of Muhammad Ali$432--1--$432$58,07317Kino Lorber
54Free the Mind$320--1--$320$147,32233International Film Circuit
55Born to Be Wild 3D$221-90%4-2$55$23,110,134141Warner Bros. / IMAX
56Fire in the Blood$182--2--$91$18,46015International Film Circuit
57When Comedy Went to School$171-84%2-1$86$231,08820International Film Circuit
58M (2013 re-issue)$76--1--$76$35,49140Kino Lorber
59Linsanity$72--2--$36$298,25011Ketchup Entertainment