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, Jan. 3 - Sun, Jan. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$19,575,525-32%3,318-17$5,900$296,691,7297Disney
2Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$18,343,611--2,867--$6,398$18,343,6111Paramount
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$15,675,220-46%3,730-198$4,202$229,059,6424Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Wolf of Wall Street$13,230,353-28%2,55720$5,174$63,125,4672Paramount
5American Hustle$12,404,207-34%2,51811$4,926$87,923,1234Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$10,633,959-46%3,407-100$3,121$108,713,4723Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$8,694,891-35%2,1100$4,121$58,958,2804Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,001,717-37%2,92213$2,738$45,470,9542Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$7,051,309-30%2,143-172$3,290$407,139,6997Lionsgate
10Grudge Match$5,325,423-24%2,85618$1,865$24,835,4802Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$5,057,215-49%2,6901$1,880$32,687,6802Universal
12Walking With Dinosaurs$3,740,592-49%2,560-683$1,461$31,344,1853Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,912,311-58%1,474-314$1,976$50,227,2774Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,055,769-53%1,01035$1,045$7,061,5876Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$573,566-71%1,0370$553$5,962,9822Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,442,960-18%607-120$2,377$19,586,3117Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$1,078,455-14%156-5$6,913$6,890,8055CBS Films
3Nebraska$618,248-16%240-10$2,576$7,003,2968Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$529,211-14%329-152$1,609$19,091,8199Fox
5Gravity$477,241-6%165-10$2,892$255,621,66714Warner Bros.
6Thor: The Dark World$476,507-25%291-28$1,637$203,449,2049Disney
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$440,528-14%278-25$1,585$117,614,23715Sony / Columbia
812 Years a Slave$328,744-12%151-3$2,177$38,472,08612Fox Searchlight
9Dhoom 3$310,734-71%138-82$2,252$7,846,8723Yash Raj Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$303,6559%1284$2,372$16,300,84310Focus
11Ender's Game$220,537-18%242-7$911$61,656,84910Lionsgate / Summit
12Free Birds$210,161-7%25310$831$54,894,52510Relativity Media
13Last Vegas$198,965-21%25736$774$63,112,31810CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$174,804-25%220-37$795$101,625,44411Paramount
15Captain Phillips$121,032-14%105-6$1,153$104,834,73413Sony / Columbia
16The Best Man Holiday$105,935-51%13010$815$70,492,6858Universal
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$101,351334%13399$762$116,293,66221Weinstein Company
18Delivery Man$97,687-18%1459$674$29,866,4387Disney / DreamWorks
19Despicable Me 2$96,640-25%151-14$640$367,956,73527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$722,76511%470$15,378$2,987,7413Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$139,915-22%50$27,983$481,6842Weinstein Company
3The Great Beauty$89,53928%431$2,082$948,9068Janus Films
4Lone Survivor$84,857-7%20$42,429$326,6852Universal
5Hubble 3D$58,764-66%9-1$6,529$42,031,656199Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Escape Plan$50,093-27%84-23$596$25,063,55512Lionsgate / Summit
7All Is Lost$46,629-28%714$657$6,047,20712Roadside Attractions
8Space Station 3D$42,951167%2-1$21,476$89,779,230612IMAX
9The Past$34,8642%50$6,973$154,9193Sony Pictures Classics
10Personal Tailor$28,913-47%90$3,213$343,1293China Lion Film
11Blue Is the Warmest Color$27,6097%240$1,150$2,066,03411IFC Films
12The Invisible Woman$27,136-15%41$6,784$113,8252Sony Pictures Classics
13Out of the Furnace$23,087-44%59-43$391$11,187,5365Relativity Media
14Enough Said$21,264-12%23-4$925$17,497,66916Fox Searchlight
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$20,681-21%39-14$530$68,518,21022Fox
16The Saratov Approach$20,44418%162$1,278$1,573,12413Purdie Distribution
17Blue Jasmine$19,517-8%20-3$976$33,053,13324Sony Pictures Classics
18Kill Your Darlings$18,136-17%25-3$725$989,07412Sony Pictures Classics
19Journey to the South Pacific$7,703-61%41$1,926$78,7416IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
20To the Arctic 3D$7,027-28%6-2$1,171$13,745,67590Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Bettie Page Reveals All$6,71619%72$959$81,7767Music Box Films
22The Armstrong Lie$6,171-23%151$411$345,8919Sony Pictures Classics
23Interior. Leather Bar.$5,218--1--$5,218$5,2181Strand Releasing
24Wadjda$5,187-27%10-6$519$1,411,02817Sony Pictures Classics
25Under the Sea 3D$5,077-29%41$1,269$33,713,828256Warner Bros. / IMAX
26The Punk Singer$4,52826%133$348$115,8146IFC Films
27The Counselor$4,088-33%21-3$195$16,960,22411Fox
28Black Nativity$3,730-69%15-9$249$7,012,3166Fox Searchlight
2920 Feet from Stardom$3,660-25%4-4$915$4,821,58130RADiUS-TWC
30Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$3,544-51%130$273$132,4097IFC Films
31Born to Be Wild 3D$3,448-9%3-1$1,149$23,125,926144Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Don Jon$3,204-21%21-10$153$24,475,19315Relativity Media
33The Family (2013)$2,973-33%19-10$156$36,917,73017Relativity Media
34The Selfish Giant$2,912126%63$485$10,5313IFC Films
35The Best Offer$2,595--1--$2,595$2,5951IFC Films
36Muscle Shoals$2,188-11%5-2$438$671,81015Magnolia Pictures
37The Act of Killing$1,94575%42$486$461,77725Drafthouse Films
38Beyond Outrage$1,938--1--$1,938$1,9381Magnolia / Magnet
39Museum Hours$1,672--2--$836$553,73628Cinema Guild
40I Am Divine$1,064-62%2-2$532$63,66113The Film Collaborative
41Paradise: Hope$841--3--$280$5,9425Strand Releasing
42The Last Days on Mars$5051%21$253$23,3765Magnolia / Magnet
43Short Term 12$477--1--$477$1,008,98420Cinedigm
44Inequality for All$475-65%43$119$1,192,89115RADiUS-TWC
45Here Comes the Devil$322-47%20$161$3,2714Magnolia / Magnet
46The Wait$161--1--$161$1611Monterey Media
47Sweet Dreams (2013)$101--1--$101$25,59110International Film Circuit