'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, Apr. 4 - Sun, Apr. 6

Wide (1000+)

1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$95,023,721--3,938--$24,130$95,023,7211Disney
3Divergent$12,976,413-49%3,631-305$3,574$114,005,5533Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$7,762,603-12%1,758580$4,416$32,558,1873Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Muppets Most Wanted$6,145,357-46%3,052-142$2,014$42,002,8083Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,115,230-28%1,263286$4,842$33,195,6575Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,131,458-43%2,931-368$1,751$102,033,3835Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$1,999,758-62%2,4860$804$8,858,3432Open Road
9Need For Speed$1,807,160-57%1,779-926$1,016$40,810,7454Disney / DreamWorks
10Non-Stop (2014)$1,793,330-55%1,724-791$1,040$88,104,1206Universal
11Bad Words$1,613,277-37%1,074232$1,502$5,941,6814Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$1,466,274-65%1,555-1046$943$104,023,9265Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$1,402,281-54%1,350-651$1,039$250,608,5849Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Cesar Chavez$962,077-66%6640$1,449$4,598,1722Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Frozen (2013)$399,87718%321-66$1,246$398,938,89020Disney
3Frankie & Alice$350,647--171--$2,051$350,6471Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
4Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$324,546-71%425-714$764$15,659,8284Lionsgate
5The Lunchbox$320,69812%10330$3,114$1,330,8406Sony Pictures Classics
6Son of God$305,629-71%481-796$635$58,545,2756Fox
7Le Week-End$290,62035%10353$2,822$841,6384Music Box Films
8The Nut Job$273,434-13%285-9$959$63,506,25212Open Road
9Gravity$242,00698%255120$949$273,605,31427Warner Bros.
10The Monuments Men$217,803-49%308-193$707$76,974,2949Sony / Columbia
1150 to 1$206,207420%133115$1,550$369,0363Ten Furlongs
12Ride Along$184,255-42%236-124$781$133,941,07012Universal
13Jinn$149,337--201--$743$149,3371Freestyle Releasing
14Philomena$86,582-18%197-5$440$37,470,37020Weinstein Company
15Pompeii$71,077-23%134-28$530$23,091,1277Sony / TriStar
163 Days to Kill$67,181-68%131-209$513$30,388,4067Relativity Media
17Lone Survivor$67,075-25%140-25$479$125,069,69615Universal
1812 Years a Slave$65,934-51%128-100$515$56,501,00125Fox Searchlight
19The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$60,720-41%130-55$467$258,307,30417Warner Bros. / New Line
20RoboCop (2014)$54,417-44%118-50$461$57,372,1338Sony / Columbia
21American Hustle$52,791-51%119-69$444$150,117,80717Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$188,307--37--$5,089$188,3071Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Main Tera Hero$162,404--77--$2,109$162,4041Eros International
3Under the Skin (2014)$133,154--4--$33,289$133,1541A24
4The Raid 2$130,928-21%2619$5,036$351,7662Sony Pictures Classics
5Nymphomaniac: Volume I$97,704-21%5921$1,656$536,1363Magnolia Pictures
6Journey to the South Pacific$89,299-33%170$5,253$1,850,92619IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Finding Vivian Maier$83,260--13--$6,405$172,5842IFC Films
8Nymphomaniac: Volume II$74,978--30--$2,499$74,9781Magnolia Pictures
9Afflicted$69,447--44--$1,578$69,4471CBS Films
10The Unknown Known$64,315--18--$3,573$64,3151RADiUS-TWC
11Hubble 3D$63,399-3%181$3,522$43,323,340212Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Wind Rises$58,472-52%52-26$1,124$5,035,9427Disney
13Particle Fever$57,315-17%270$2,123$533,6235Abramorama / Bond 360
15Jerusalem 3D$52,040-23%320$1,626$3,504,10529National Geographic
16Jodorowsky's Dune$49,99039%169$3,124$163,3253Sony Pictures Classics
17Rob the Mob$48,963119%2217$2,226$97,1963Millennium Entertainment
18Tim's Vermeer$48,855-46%64-30$763$1,522,04310Sony Pictures Classics
19Anita (2014)$40,804104%92$4,534$132,8343IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
20On My Way$37,952-36%25-6$1,518$216,8624Cohen Media Group
21The Face of Love$36,670--36--$1,019$268,6015IFC Films
22Veronica Mars$36,525-77%74-136$494$3,285,1234Warner Bros.
23Her (2013)$32,382-34%85-25$381$25,523,80616Warner Bros.
24Breathe In$31,704107%4123$773$56,1012Cohen Media Group
25Ernest & Celestine$31,5212%2412$1,313$171,8286GKIDS
26Dom Hemingway$29,276--4--$7,319$38,7281Fox Searchlight
27Dallas Buyers Club$28,832-49%52-47$554$27,242,01223Focus
28About Last Night$26,851-64%44-47$610$48,473,6488Sony / Screen Gems
29Thor: The Dark World$22,93336%35-6$655$206,344,13122Disney
30The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$17,453-24%36-7$485$58,229,12015Fox
31Walking With Dinosaurs$13,473-27%33-9$408$36,073,23216Fox
32Alan Partridge$12,664--3--$4,221$12,6641Magnolia Pictures
33August: Osage County$11,924-64%42-39$284$37,699,25615Weinstein Company
34Saving Mr. Banks$11,335-64%36-19$315$83,289,48117Disney
35Gloria (2014)$10,821-48%17-19$637$2,048,26811Roadside Attractions
36Alien Abduction$10,514--13--$809$10,5141IFC Midnight
37Veil of Tears$10,162--4--$2,541$48,0902Word Films
38The Book Thief$9,963-51%23-8$433$21,483,15422Fox
39Mistaken for Strangers$9,393-89%7-2$1,342$108,4742Abramorama
40Ilo Ilo$8,775--2--$4,388$8,7751Film Movement
41Cheap Thrills$8,733-4%1811$485$45,6993Drafthouse Films
42Under the Sea 3D$7,894-17%114$718$33,831,737269Warner Bros. / IMAX
43The Great Beauty$7,798-68%7-13$1,114$2,815,30921Janus Films
44Watermark$7,724--2--$3,862$7,7241eOne Films US
45To the Arctic 3D$7,704-46%5-1$1,541$13,950,388103Warner Bros. / IMAX
46The Players$6,674--50--$133$6,6741Weinstein Company
47The Missing Picture$6,261-19%95$696$34,7383Strand Releasing
48On the Other Side of the Tracks$5,923--50--$118$5,9231Weinstein Company
49The Invisible Woman$5,551-29%9-7$617$1,219,89715Sony Pictures Classics
50The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$5,185--1--$5,185$5,1851Zeitgeist Films
51Born to Be Wild 3D$4,619-57%10-2$462$23,260,849157Warner Bros. / IMAX
52The Jewish Cardinal$4,581--4--$1,145$85,36313Film Movement
53Child's Pose$4,1043%40$1,026$76,9607Zeitgeist Films
54Stranger By the Lake$3,022-31%51$604$320,81711Strand Releasing
55Vampire Academy$2,593-59%11-13$236$7,791,1469Weinstein Company
56Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$2,39568%4-1$599$120,1559Kino Lorber
57The Past$1,756-75%4-19$439$1,325,67216Sony Pictures Classics
58No God, No Master$1,591--5--$318$1,7522Monterey Media
59Stalingrad (2014)$1,577-86%10-56$158$1,013,9456Sony / Columbia
60Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,55155%31$517$28,1969Rialto Pictures
61Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,43848%2-1$719$43,30323International Film Circuit
62Grand Piano$1,204-53%5-1$241$20,8985Magnolia / Magnet
63Jews of Egypt$1,177-46%10$1,177$4,5062ArtMattan Productions
64When Comedy Went to School$1,082-61%3-2$361$365,54836International Film Circuit
65Big Men$1,021-89%1-2$1,021$39,5554Abramorama
66Fire in the Blood$885--3--$295$28,94831International Film Circuit
67In Bloom$880-56%10$880$42,45513Big World Pictures
68Refuge$796-38%10$796$2,5542Strand Releasing
69Girl on a Bicycle$769-25%32$256$88,2468Monterey Media
70Maidentrip$623-53%1-3$623$66,00516First Run Features
71Journey to the West$533-63%2-1$267$17,7345Magnolia / Magnet
72The Rocket (2013)$414--1--$414$52,58613Kino Lorber
7320 Feet from Stardom$154-91%1-3$154$4,940,78343RADiUS-TWC