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, Mar. 7 - Sun, Mar. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$45,038,460--3,470--$12,979$45,038,4601Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$32,207,057--3,934--$8,187$32,207,0571Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$15,829,605-45%3,11323$5,085$52,568,5302Universal
4The LEGO Movie$10,911,385-48%3,290-480$3,317$224,877,9975Warner Bros.
5Son of God$10,379,335-59%3,27111$3,173$41,874,2302Fox
6The Monuments Men$3,074,647-38%2,001-1001$1,537$70,576,2905Sony / Columbia
73 Days to Kill$3,009,910-39%2,348-524$1,282$25,504,1273Relativity Media
8Frozen (2013)$2,954,554-19%1,660-86$1,780$392,994,66816Disney
912 Years a Slave$2,110,812116%1,065654$1,982$53,042,84721Fox Searchlight
10Ride Along$2,024,190-33%1,323-546$1,530$129,988,2708Universal
11RoboCop (2014)$2,018,697-55%1,714-1171$1,178$54,764,8054Sony / Columbia
12About Last Night$1,653,487-51%1,074-730$1,540$46,501,8774Sony / Screen Gems
13Pompeii$1,593,629-63%1,658-1000$961$21,061,6573Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,053,257-45%605-340$1,741$148,384,16513Sony / Columbia
2Gravity$902,1901%38444$2,349$271,814,79623Warner Bros.
3The Wind Rises$901,555-41%4960$1,818$3,488,7853Disney
4The Wolf of Wall Street$688,931-44%359-146$1,919$115,691,78811Paramount
5Philomena$683,630-43%670-427$1,020$35,907,37716Weinstein Company
6Dallas Buyers Club$618,93943%31296$1,984$26,188,54619Focus
7Lone Survivor$420,075-59%472-545$890$124,127,33111Universal
8Endless Love (2014)$407,285-73%536-1338$760$23,102,0754Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$344,20962%333118$1,034$257,397,51613Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Nut Job$325,398-51%490-262$664$61,399,0058Open Road
11Repentance$295,741-41%1575$1,884$917,8382Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Her (2013)$262,253-38%155-95$1,692$24,998,43112Warner Bros.
13That Awkward Moment$219,169-61%188-420$1,166$25,587,7956Focus
14Nebraska$185,122-53%180-109$1,028$17,467,63917Paramount Vantage
15Shaadi Ke Side Effects$166,062-71%1080$1,538$856,3232Eros International
16Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$155,338-89%304-1013$511$127,256,71512Paramount
17August: Osage County$125,418-48%196-150$640$37,304,87411Weinstein Company
18The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$118,417-36%133-65$890$424,088,26016Lionsgate
19Stalingrad (2014)$111,507-78%143-165$780$869,1162Sony / Columbia
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$110,670-59%107-260$1,034$50,098,7048Paramount
21Saving Mr. Banks$93,131-36%128-79$728$82,994,09613Disney
22Thor: The Dark World$91,472-37%148-26$618$206,147,94318Disney
23The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$82,009-31%133-30$617$58,023,61911Fox
24Walking With Dinosaurs$75,984-36%164-31$463$35,892,96312Fox
25Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$47,014-37%111-52$424$119,713,80524Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$811,166--4--$202,792$811,1661Fox Searchlight
2Tim's Vermeer$169,03031%6512$2,600$716,1866Sony Pictures Classics
3The Great Beauty$155,58785%7729$2,021$2,440,67817Janus Films
4Gloria (2014)$116,236-21%76-26$1,529$1,778,4787Roadside Attractions
5The Lunchbox$114,779158%1310$8,829$178,6192Sony Pictures Classics
6Journey to the South Pacific$102,7991%171$6,047$1,023,07315IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Jerusalem 3D$98,45825%280$3,516$2,828,28225National Geographic
8I, Frankenstein$70,243-47%92-77$764$18,970,3417Lionsgate
9The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$57,666-76%58-85$994$2,285,8186ShortsHD
10Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$48,944167%2317$2,128$116,7653IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$44,7400%180$2,486$42,705,099208Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Labor Day (2013)$44,417-7%84-23$529$13,320,0176Paramount
13Particle Fever$42,968--3--$14,323$68,2101Abramorama / Bond 360
14The Legend Of Hercules$40,486-42%61-28$664$18,821,2799Lionsgate / Summit
15The Book Thief$36,627-30%49-24$747$21,345,52518Fox
16Free Birds$33,51631%7426$453$55,725,93019Relativity Media
17Winter's Tale$33,126-86%82-623$404$12,470,9794Warner Bros.
18Blue Jasmine$30,095156%3612$836$33,354,53833Sony Pictures Classics
19Inside Llewyn Davis$29,781-25%52-13$573$13,214,25514CBS Films
20Delivery Man$25,512-25%54-24$472$30,637,96016Disney / DreamWorks
2120 Feet from Stardom$25,263232%5544$459$4,908,79839RADiUS-TWC
22The Face of Love$24,660--3--$8,220$24,6601IFC Films
23Stranger By the Lake$22,90586%121$1,909$253,8087Strand Releasing
24The Past$21,358-55%32-34$667$1,271,87812Sony Pictures Classics
25Like Father, Like Son (2014)$21,1134%359$603$255,2718IFC Films
26The Bag Man$17,748-39%1513$1,183$48,8172Cinedigm
27The Invisible Woman$17,31837%19-13$911$1,158,07511Sony Pictures Classics
28Devil's Due$16,215-45%26-22$624$15,801,5508Fox
29War of the Worlds Goliath$13,385--18--$744$13,3851Anderson Digital
30Beijing Love Story$12,472-70%6-5$2,079$413,4204China Lion Film
31To the Arctic 3D$11,25757%101$1,126$13,860,55399Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Ernest & Celestine$10,953-16%65$1,826$25,9602GKIDS
33Interior. Leather Bar.$10,902--1--$10,902$25,84110Strand Releasing
34Highway$10,880-89%9-71$1,209$525,0263UTV Motion Pictures
35Vampire Academy$10,486-73%32-79$328$7,750,2145Weinstein Company
36Grudge Match$9,934-53%45-30$221$29,802,76111Warner Bros.
37The Rocket (2013)$9,118196%6-1$1,520$43,0189Kino Lorber
38Girl on a Bicycle$8,806285%4-2$2,202$76,8604Monterey Media
39Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,683-52%42-49$207$8,294,32015Weinstein Company
40Visitors$8,50945%136$655$70,3677Cinedigm
41When Comedy Went to School$7,915-15%70$1,131$337,05932International Film Circuit
42Journey to the West$7,456--7--$1,065$7,4561Magnolia / Magnet
43Under the Sea 3D$7,03416%5-1$1,407$33,771,730265Warner Bros. / IMAX
44Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$6,718-12%71$960$83,4235Kino Lorber
45American Mustang$6,442143%1-1$6,442$35,6738Vitagraph / Just Media
46Special ID$6,153--10--$615$6,1531Well Go USA
47Child's Pose$5,889-33%41$1,472$39,6733Zeitgeist Films
48Generation War$5,821-31%64$970$59,1088Music Box Films
49Adult World$4,963--11--$451$16,7404IFC Films
50Maidentrip$3,957-24%50$791$49,53812First Run Features
51Grand Piano$2,964--2--$1,482$2,9641Magnolia / Magnet
52Born to Be Wild 3D$2,916-45%7-5$417$23,203,137153Warner Bros. / IMAX
53Jimmy P$2,40845%84$301$23,2204IFC Films
54In Bloom$2,261128%42$565$35,6039Big World Pictures
55Almost Human$2,147149%2-3$1,074$6,9863IFC Midnight
56The Best Offer$1,890-48%3-2$630$85,43310IFC Films
57Big Bad Wolves$1,43442%41$359$30,0008Magnolia / Magnet
58Deep Sea 3D$1,018--2--$509$46,024,509419Warner Bros. / IMAX
59Muscle Shoals$1,008344%42$252$695,62524Magnolia Pictures
60Free the Mind$905-54%10$905$155,74845International Film Circuit
61Blue Is the Warmest Color$681-70%2-1$341$2,199,67520IFC Films
62Two Lives$426-67%10$426$2,3112IFC Films
63Cutie and the Boxer$315-77%20$158$199,04530RADiUS-TWC
64Sweet Dreams (2013)$182--1--$182$35,67219International Film Circuit