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, Feb. 28 - Sun, Mar. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$28,875,635--3,090--$9,345$28,875,6351Universal
2Son of God$25,601,865--3,260--$7,853$25,601,8651Fox
3The LEGO Movie$20,828,356-33%3,770-120$5,525$209,138,4404Warner Bros.
43 Days to Kill$4,950,813-60%2,8720$1,724$20,751,6962Relativity Media
5The Monuments Men$4,940,198-38%3,002-62$1,646$65,633,1714Sony / Columbia
6RoboCop (2014)$4,508,609-54%2,885-487$1,563$51,220,0533Sony / Columbia
7Pompeii$4,331,431-58%2,6580$1,630$17,767,1152Sony / TriStar
8Frozen (2013)$3,631,640-18%1,746-145$2,080$388,756,78315Disney
9About Last Night$3,383,253-55%1,804-449$1,875$43,734,6013Sony / Screen Gems
10Ride Along$3,037,680-34%1,869-317$1,625$127,161,0807Universal
11Endless Love (2014)$1,526,780-62%1,874-1022$815$22,189,6103Universal
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$1,358,833--1,317--$1,032$126,527,20111Paramount
13Philomena$1,206,8411%1,09793$1,100$34,611,50915Weinstein Company
14Lone Survivor$1,026,650-48%1,017-499$1,009$123,341,61610Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,921,94511%94542$2,034$146,710,37512Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$1,517,404384%496475$3,059$2,095,9972Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$1,221,240-6%505-122$2,418$114,570,29210Paramount
412 Years a Slave$975,93187%41162$2,375$50,336,29620Fox Searchlight
5Gravity$889,3005%340-8$2,616$270,478,83122Warner Bros.
6The Nut Job$661,537-38%752-483$880$60,792,1817Open Road
7Shaadi Ke Side Effects$582,672--108--$5,395$582,6721Eros International
8That Awkward Moment$558,391-60%608-600$918$25,081,2645Focus
9Stalingrad (2014)$510,846--308--$1,659$510,8461Sony / Columbia
10Repentance$501,290--152--$3,298$501,2901Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
11Dallas Buyers Club$434,16146%21641$2,010$25,325,09418Focus
12Her (2013)$421,0493%2500$1,684$24,594,34411Warner Bros.
13Nebraska$390,539-9%28979$1,351$17,118,74716Paramount Vantage
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$272,025-67%367-440$741$49,862,8017Paramount
15Winter's Tale$244,092-89%705-2260$346$12,314,2423Warner Bros.
16August: Osage County$239,360-40%346-179$692$37,066,41110Weinstein Company
17The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$238,1110%143-5$1,665$2,171,8495ShortsHD
18The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$213,073-27%215-51$991$256,961,18512Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$186,042-42%198-42$940$423,905,46615Lionsgate
20Gloria (2014)$146,319-37%102-8$1,435$1,590,3766Roadside Attractions
21Saving Mr. Banks$145,567-36%207-39$703$82,834,33212Disney
22Thor: The Dark World$144,465-36%174-25$830$206,012,42317Disney
23I, Frankenstein$132,223-14%169-48$782$18,850,4256Lionsgate
24The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$119,337-31%163-45$732$57,901,56310Fox
25Walking With Dinosaurs$118,140-15%195-19$606$35,783,99611Fox
26Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$74,479-13%163-18$457$119,640,26423Sony / Columbia
27Labor Day (2013)$47,776-79%107-311$447$13,250,5225Paramount
28In Secret$42,755-84%109-157$392$420,3092Roadside Attractions
29Vampire Academy$39,359-85%111-425$355$7,724,8044Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tim's Vermeer$129,00849%5331$2,434$491,0385Sony Pictures Classics
2Captain Phillips$109,93671%96-93$1,145$107,100,85521Sony / Columbia
3Journey to the South Pacific$101,519-20%160$6,345$880,64614IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
4Highway$94,754-71%80-17$1,184$490,5852UTV Motion Pictures
5The Great Beauty$84,2993%48-2$1,756$2,218,79416Janus Films
6Jerusalem 3D$78,667-4%281$2,810$2,678,79424National Geographic
7The Legend Of Hercules$70,176-31%89-21$788$18,755,0038Lionsgate / Summit
8The Book Thief$52,054-19%73-11$713$21,277,41717Fox
9The Past$47,789-41%66-9$724$1,222,03311Sony Pictures Classics
10Hubble 3D$44,740-16%181$2,486$42,705,099207Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Lunchbox$44,542--3--$14,847$44,5421Sony Pictures Classics
12Beijing Love Story$41,217-56%11-1$3,747$386,8393China Lion Film
13Inside Llewyn Davis$39,951-45%65-42$615$13,159,11413CBS Films
14Delivery Man$34,133-30%78-20$438$30,600,56715Disney / DreamWorks
15Devil's Due$29,658-55%48-36$618$15,773,3997Fox
16The Bag Man$29,231--2--$14,616$29,2311Cinedigm
17Free Birds$25,576-2%48-8$533$55,682,51818Relativity Media
18Grudge Match$21,225-55%75-33$283$29,784,05910Warner Bros.
19Like Father, Like Son (2014)$20,282-35%264$780$220,7237IFC Films
20Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$18,365-34%64$3,061$57,8272IFC Films
21Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$18,094100%9158$199$8,271,23714Weinstein Company
22Ernest & Celestine$13,078--1--$13,078$13,0781GKIDS
23The Invisible Woman$12,631-45%320$395$1,132,26210Sony Pictures Classics
24Stranger By the Lake$12,338-41%11-1$1,122$224,0926Strand Releasing
25The Attorney$11,824-74%10-8$1,182$557,2364Well Go USA
26Blue Jasmine$11,775-36%24-33$491$33,315,73832Sony Pictures Classics
27When Comedy Went to School$9,307-50%7-1$1,330$322,22231International Film Circuit
28Child's Pose$8,793-32%31$2,931$29,2112Zeitgeist Films
29The Saratov Approach$8,491-26%12-4$708$2,137,70521Purdie Distribution
30Generation War$8,457--2--$4,229$45,3717Music Box Films
31Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$7,652-21%63$1,275$71,6324Kino Lorber
3220 Feet from Stardom$7,599-6%11-1$691$4,881,47438RADiUS-TWC
33To the Arctic 3D$7,179-30%91$798$13,845,75598Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Under the Sea 3D$6,07723%61$1,013$33,762,645264Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Visitors$5,85774%70$837$58,6186Cinedigm
36Born to Be Wild 3D$5,264-1%125$439$23,195,174152Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Maidentrip$5,190668%54$1,038$41,95711First Run Features
38Hasee Toh Phasee$3,985-89%9-24$443$645,1264Reliance Entertainment
39The Best Offer$3,64915%5-1$730$82,0169IFC Films
40Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$3,528-51%10$3,528$37,5243Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
41The Rocket (2013)$3,076-10%71$439$31,5918Kino Lorber
42American Mustang$2,656-49%21$1,328$28,0197Vitagraph / Just Media
43Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$2,308--1--$2,308$16,38621First Run Features
44Girl on a Bicycle$2,289-62%6-9$382$66,3803Monterey Media
45Blue Is the Warmest Color$2,256-4%30$752$2,198,26019IFC Films
46Free the Mind$1,977--1--$1,977$153,99844International Film Circuit
47Jimmy P$1,659-55%41$415$19,8163IFC Films
48Cutie and the Boxer$1,361154%2-3$681$198,58729RADiUS-TWC
49Two Lives$1,303--1--$1,303$1,3031IFC Films
50Museum Hours$1,145--1--$1,145$559,73836Cinema Guild
51Big Bad Wolves$1,008-46%3-3$336$28,0197Magnolia / Magnet
52In Bloom$992-49%21$496$32,3498Big World Pictures
53Almost Human$862-68%53$172$4,8392IFC Midnight
54Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$575-62%10$575$21,5604Rialto Pictures
55A Field in England$516-76%1-5$516$25,3274Drafthouse Films
56The Last Time I Saw Macao$454--1--$454$6,09525Cinema Guild
57Viola$452--1--$452$21,22834Cinema Guild
58Fire in the Blood$245-60%1-1$245$26,92026International Film Circuit
59Muscle Shoals$227-57%2-2$114$691,78923Magnolia Pictures
60The Act of Killing$57-93%1-2$57$484,22133Drafthouse Films