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, Mar. 28 - Sun, Mar. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$43,720,472--3,567--$12,257$43,720,4721Paramount
2Divergent$25,619,578-53%3,9360$6,509$94,379,5862Lionsgate / Summit
3Muppets Most Wanted$11,279,128-34%3,1940$3,531$33,116,8172Disney
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$9,070,635-23%3,299-308$2,750$94,479,4484Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5God's Not Dead$8,797,666-5%1,178398$7,468$21,750,6842Freestyle / Pure Flix
6Sabotage (2014)$5,272,444--2,486--$2,121$5,272,4441Open Road
7Need For Speed$4,226,216-47%2,705-410$1,562$37,644,2373Disney / DreamWorks
8300: Rise of an Empire$4,209,290-51%2,601-484$1,618$101,054,7044Warner Bros.
9Non-Stop (2014)$4,010,885-38%2,515-430$1,595$85,091,0605Universal
10The LEGO Movie$3,018,060-27%2,001-500$1,508$248,216,7808Warner Bros.
11Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,121,830-64%1,139-757$985$14,999,9353Lionsgate
12Son of God$1,064,201-61%1,277-862$833$57,854,9435Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$8,539,79526%977673$8,741$24,171,6104Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$2,861,528--664--$4,310$2,861,5281Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$2,560,186407%842755$3,041$3,478,8763Focus
4The Monuments Men$428,787-55%501-437$856$76,588,2488Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$337,736-54%387-682$873$398,391,61119Disney
6Ride Along$318,390-49%360-290$884$133,659,26511Universal
7The Nut Job$312,530-7%294-41$1,063$63,106,25511Open Road
83 Days to Kill$211,705-64%340-412$623$30,233,9786Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$158,425-66%210-137$754$3,182,5763Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$134,083-70%228-294$588$56,378,41024Fox Searchlight
11Enemy$124,578-37%12024$1,038$769,8893A24
12Gravity$121,981-46%135-67$904$273,312,63926Warner Bros.
13American Hustle$107,603-54%188-93$572$150,017,42116Sony / Columbia
14Philomena$106,001-49%202-95$525$37,325,12419Weinstein Company
15The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$103,597-24%185-39$560$258,206,25316Warner Bros. / New Line
16RoboCop (2014)$97,144-57%168-160$578$57,279,4237Sony / Columbia
17Pompeii$92,852-26%162-39$573$22,970,5436Sony / TriStar
18Lone Survivor$89,925-36%165-46$545$124,964,47614Universal
19The Wolf of Wall Street$86,772-55%134-81$648$116,866,72714Paramount
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$75,482-12%107-21$705$50,549,10711Paramount
21The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$63,523-45%158-53$402$424,645,57719Lionsgate
22Her (2013)$48,944-31%11037$445$25,459,68715Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lunchbox$287,43056%7337$3,937$885,4515Sony Pictures Classics
2Le Week-End$215,38758%5025$4,308$472,9013Music Box Films
3The Raid 2$165,292--7--$23,613$165,2921Sony Pictures Classics
4Journey to the South Pacific$133,6989%170$7,865$1,669,87118IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
5Nymphomaniac: Volume I$124,442-21%3813$3,275$367,2192Magnolia Pictures
6The Wind Rises$121,923-40%78-72$1,563$4,922,6756Disney
7Tim's Vermeer$90,463-42%94-35$962$1,424,0019Sony Pictures Classics
8Mistaken for Strangers$87,743--9--$9,749$87,7431Abramorama
9About Last Night$74,145-63%91-123$815$48,419,4307Sony / Screen Gems
10Particle Fever$68,796-13%276$2,548$442,5954Abramorama / Bond 360
11Jerusalem 3D$67,915-33%325$2,122$3,344,60028National Geographic
12Hubble 3D$65,02628%170$3,825$43,171,097211Warner Bros. / IMAX
13On My Way$59,23612%3111$1,911$149,6133Cohen Media Group
14Dallas Buyers Club$56,477-62%99-79$570$27,191,66622Focus
15That Awkward Moment$42,143-41%68-25$620$26,049,0829Focus
1650 to 1$39,638-49%18-1$2,202$146,7372Ten Furlongs
17Jodorowsky's Dune$36,0340%74$5,148$90,6882Sony Pictures Classics
18August: Osage County$32,791-47%81-60$405$37,672,09814Weinstein Company
19Saving Mr. Banks$31,610-36%55-21$575$83,262,22416Disney
20Ernest & Celestine$30,812184%125$2,568$128,8695GKIDS
21The Great Beauty$24,520-41%20-25$1,226$2,784,68720Janus Films
22The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$22,821-16%43-20$531$58,201,17414Fox
23Rob the Mob$22,36462%54$4,473$40,3262Millennium Entertainment
24Gloria (2014)$20,655-50%36-14$574$2,025,38610Roadside Attractions
25The Book Thief$20,23623%310$653$21,464,17521Fox
26Anita (2014)$19,990-55%70$2,856$80,2812IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
27Walking With Dinosaurs$18,544-14%42-17$442$36,051,81715Fox
28Just a Sigh$17,404--5--$3,481$33,5772Distrib Films
29Thor: The Dark World$16,833-31%41-18$411$206,314,55921Disney
30Breathe In$15,324--18--$851$15,3241Cohen Media Group
31To the Arctic 3D$14,36314%6-6$2,394$13,922,280102Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Winter's Tale$12,737-66%85-59$150$12,591,6607Warner Bros.
33Stalingrad (2014)$11,24457%6653$170$1,004,1425Sony / Columbia
34Born to Be Wild 3D$10,84373%12-1$904$23,249,280156Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Under the Sea 3D$9,53742%7-1$1,362$33,815,340268Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Big Men$9,4027%30$3,134$35,4063Abramorama
37Cheap Thrills$9,133-51%75$1,305$32,6792Drafthouse Films
38Dishkiyaoon$8,173--11--$743$8,1731Eros International
39The Invisible Woman$7,837-36%160$490$1,206,95314Sony Pictures Classics
40The Missing Picture$7,711-24%4-1$1,928$25,6652Strand Releasing
41The Past$7,0478%233$306$1,319,94115Sony Pictures Classics
42Vampire Academy$6,344-51%24-11$264$7,785,9568Weinstein Company
43Stranger By the Lake$4,379-51%4-12$1,095$315,32210Strand Releasing
44Child's Pose$4,003-52%4-6$1,001$71,7616Zeitgeist Films
45When Comedy Went to School$2,753-28%5-2$551$363,19735International Film Circuit
46Grand Piano$2,572-7%6-4$429$19,1634Magnolia / Magnet
47Jews of Egypt$2,179--1--$2,179$2,1791ArtMattan Productions
48In Bloom$1,996450%1-1$1,996$41,57512Big World Pictures
49Blood Ties$1,873-93%5-23$375$41,2292Roadside Attractions
5020 Feet from Stardom$1,628-31%4-3$407$4,938,07542RADiUS-TWC
51Journey to the West$1,4376%3-1$479$16,6304Magnolia / Magnet
52Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$1,428-82%51$286$113,8358Kino Lorber
53Visitors$1,42830%40$357$81,27610Cinedigm
54Maidentrip$1,335-61%4-3$334$64,89615First Run Features
55The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$1,288-78%4-5$322$2,357,8909ShortsHD
56Refuge$1,274--1--$1,274$1,2741Strand Releasing
57Blue Jasmine$1,244-68%3-9$415$33,404,87136Sony Pictures Classics
58Girl on a Bicycle$1,019-65%1-1$1,019$86,7097Monterey Media
59Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$998-29%21$499$26,0048Rialto Pictures
60Sweet Dreams (2013)$972-61%3-1$324$39,75122International Film Circuit
61Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$888--1--$888$51,4277Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
62Free the Mind$63661%10$636$157,00748International Film Circuit
63The Right Kind of Wrong$338-20%10$338$2,0223Magnolia Pictures