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, Apr. 18 - Sun, Apr. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$25,587,056-38%3,825-113$6,689$200,501,5103Disney
2Heaven is for Real$22,522,221--2,417--$9,318$29,556,4141Sony / TriStar
3Rio 2$22,159,742-44%3,97527$5,575$75,045,1222Fox
4Transcendence$10,886,386--3,455--$3,151$10,886,3861Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House 2$8,843,875--2,310--$3,829$8,843,8751Open Road
6Draft Day$5,713,076-42%2,7810$2,054$19,360,8632Lionsgate / Summit
7Divergent$5,611,624-24%2,486-624$2,257$133,776,4915Lionsgate / Summit
8Oculus$5,156,880-57%2,6480$1,947$21,146,2712Relativity Media
9Noah$5,003,303-34%2,537-745$1,972$93,277,1294Paramount
10Bears$4,776,267--1,720--$2,777$4,776,2671Disneynature
11God's Not Dead$4,646,762-16%1,796-64$2,587$48,172,0755Freestyle / Pure Flix
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,415,528-16%1,280-187$2,668$44,964,9297Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 States$1,073,898--135--$7,955$1,073,8981UTV Motion Pictures
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,057,265-54%929-1332$1,138$48,307,8185Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$788,223-58%780-1221$1,011$107,164,8047Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Under the Skin (2014)$422,60750%176122$2,401$1,041,4753A24
5The LEGO Movie$399,466-20%340-270$1,175$252,259,05611Warner Bros.
6Non-Stop (2014)$379,270-49%360-402$1,054$90,147,1308Universal
7The Raid 2$363,672-62%539-415$675$2,219,2614Sony Pictures Classics
8The Lunchbox$349,66323%15829$2,213$2,220,6098Sony Pictures Classics
9Need For Speed$294,059-57%258-355$1,140$42,648,9426Disney / DreamWorks
10Son of God$270,704-9%503-402$538$59,437,0418Fox
11Le Week-End$266,8206%1494$1,791$1,587,5416Music Box Films
12Frozen (2013)$258,894-33%290-54$893$399,877,96722Disney
13300: Rise of an Empire$232,168-47%265-260$876$105,481,7457Warner Bros.
14Bad Words$164,770-72%223-540$739$7,563,0886Focus
15Dom Hemingway$144,675106%12987$1,122$300,0143Fox Searchlight
16The Monuments Men$143,996-18%221-44$652$77,495,40511Sony / Columbia
17RoboCop (2014)$115,511-23%175-19$660$57,735,25910Sony / Columbia
18The Nut Job$110,117-41%201-60$548$64,015,09314Open Road
19Cesar Chavez$83,240-71%117-188$711$5,391,2874Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Sabotage (2014)$81,182-78%130-621$624$10,353,4434Open Road
21Make Your Move$81,172--142--$572$81,1721High Top Releasing
22Gravity$71,447-47%145-57$493$273,980,13229Warner Bros.
233 Days to Kill$66,94569%11027$609$30,539,4219Relativity Media
24About Last Night$63,486370%10983$582$48,569,01810Sony / Screen Gems
25Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$46,002-45%114-21$404$15,925,7296Lionsgate
26Philomena$30,258-43%101-56$300$37,638,92222Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$184,46331%370$4,985$816,4643Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Fading Gigolo$180,801--5--$36,160$180,8011Millennium Entertainment
3The Railway Man$164,252166%2622$6,317$252,4022Weinstein Company
4Finding Vivian Maier$132,84634%3919$3,406$491,2414IFC Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$116,94433%1713$6,879$247,1162Sony Pictures Classics
6Journey to the South Pacific$80,78410%151$5,386$2,135,70521IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Hubble 3D$78,67142%184$4,371$43,650,259214Warner Bros. / IMAX
8That Demon Within$77,130--17--$4,537$77,1301China Lion Film
9Joe (2014)$74,457-30%480$1,551$226,9512Roadside Attractions
1050 to 1$58,970-25%56-39$1,053$600,1105Ten Furlongs
11Jodorowsky's Dune$38,902-8%318$1,255$306,8505Sony Pictures Classics
12The Unknown Known$33,589-47%49-31$685$225,5613RADiUS-TWC
13Particle Fever$33,129-20%230$1,440$655,4267Abramorama / Bond 360
14Frankie & Alice$29,870-77%43-128$695$674,1513Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
1512 Years a Slave$25,972-21%53-11$490$56,614,63327Fox Searchlight
16Pompeii$25,101-39%64-29$392$23,219,7489Sony / TriStar
17Nymphomaniac: Volume II$24,560-64%301$819$242,9393Magnolia Pictures
18The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$22,84323%84$2,855$60,1843Zeitgeist Films
19Nymphomaniac: Volume I$20,204-63%26-23$777$697,1865Magnolia Pictures
20Watermark$18,803127%85$2,350$42,8613eOne Films US
21Tim's Vermeer$18,621-6%28-1$665$1,598,89112Sony Pictures Classics
22Dancing in Jaffa$17,70268%97$1,967$36,4382IFC Films
23The Wind Rises$17,558-29%18-7$975$5,127,3609Disney
24Ernest & Celestine$13,870-44%31-8$447$241,9548GKIDS
25Alan Partridge$12,6537%114$1,150$82,2343Magnolia Pictures
26Rob the Mob$11,983-60%13-17$922$174,9275Millennium Entertainment
27Under the Sea 3D$11,26886%70$1,610$33,871,520271Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Godzilla: The Japanese Original$10,903--1--$10,903$10,9031Rialto Pictures
29Enemy$10,409-65%15-24$694$976,4946A24
3013 Sins$9,261--45--$206$9,2611RADiUS-TWC
31Dallas Buyers Club$8,634-51%14-19$617$27,289,11625Focus
32The Face of Love$7,768-66%13-19$598$328,7267IFC Films
33Cuban Fury$7,493-87%8-71$937$90,3102eOne Films US
34Gloria (2014)$6,922-41%13-11$532$2,083,11813Roadside Attractions
35To the Arctic 3D$6,7792%51$1,356$13,984,851105Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Hateship Loveship$6,4647%32$2,155$14,7932IFC Films
37Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$6,254--3--$2,085$25,44221Cinema Guild
38Tasting Menu$6,010--5--$1,202$6,0101Magnolia Pictures
39Kid Cannabis$5,565--10--$557$5,5651Well Go USA
40Main Tera Hero$5,343-88%770$69$274,5793Eros International
41Child's Pose$5,041179%42$1,260$87,3349Zeitgeist Films
42Veronica Mars$4,749-44%15-8$317$3,319,1096Warner Bros.
43American Mustang$4,658--1--$4,658$43,77514Vitagraph / Just Media
44Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$4,177-56%62$696$144,87011Kino Lorber
45The Retrieval$3,912--1--$3,912$23,1236Variance Films
46Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$3,843-55%7-9$549$301,7249IFC Films
47Manakamana$3,635--1--$3,635$3,6351Cinema Guild
48August: Osage County$3,252-58%16-11$203$37,726,51217Weinstein Company
49Hank and Asha$3,176-49%21$1,588$10,5442FilmRise Releasing
50Gabrielle (2014)$3,024--1--$3,024$3,0241eOne Films US
51Born to Be Wild 3D$2,536-49%9-2$282$23,281,512159Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Big Men$2,168--2--$1,084$41,9776Abramorama
53The Final Member$2,064--7--$295$2,0641Drafthouse Films
54Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,73879%1-2$1,738$49,26225International Film Circuit
55No God, No Master$1,632--2--$816$2,8544Monterey Media
56Half the Road$1,613--2--$807$1,6131First Run Features
57The Great Beauty$1,549-72%4-1$387$2,852,40023Janus Films
58The Invisible Woman$1,083-44%1-6$1,083$1,226,03617Sony Pictures Classics
59Cheap Thrills$1,004-76%5-5$201$57,9625Drafthouse Films
60The Missing Picture$77242%2-1$386$41,1235Strand Releasing
61When Comedy Went to School$542--1--$542$367,91338International Film Circuit
62It Felt Like Love$285--1--$285$29,0985Variance Films
63Redwood Highway$233677%21$117$2632Monterey Media
6420 Feet from Stardom$150-69%1-1$150$4,941,72745RADiUS-TWC