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. 25 - Sun, Apr. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$24,763,752--3,205--$7,727$24,763,7521Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$16,219,025-37%3,620-205$4,480$225,059,2414Disney
3Heaven is for Real$14,351,252-36%2,705288$5,305$52,462,1682Sony / TriStar
4Rio 2$13,881,457-37%3,703-272$3,749$96,389,9003Fox
5Brick Mansions$9,516,855--2,647--$3,595$9,516,8551Relativity Media
6Transcendence$4,265,176-61%3,4550$1,234$18,632,1422Warner Bros.
7The Quiet Ones$3,880,053--2,027--$1,914$3,880,0531Lionsgate
8Bears$3,734,588-22%1,7200$2,171$11,281,5252Disneynature
9Divergent$3,658,966-35%2,066-420$1,771$139,521,8576Lionsgate / Summit
10A Haunted House 2$3,202,679-64%2,3100$1,386$14,183,3352Open Road
11God's Not Dead$2,805,833-40%1,600-196$1,754$52,705,6606Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Draft Day$2,783,208-51%2,080-701$1,338$24,161,0593Lionsgate / Summit
13The Grand Budapest Hotel$2,459,171-28%1,021-259$2,409$48,803,1528Fox Searchlight
14Noah$2,283,681-54%1,604-933$1,424$97,314,5525Paramount
15Oculus$2,184,015-58%1,881-767$1,161$25,223,3013Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$578,452252%156130$3,708$895,2913Weinstein Company
2Muppets Most Wanted$566,362-46%565-364$1,002$49,411,3896Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$552,283-30%468-312$1,180$108,047,8788Fox / DreamWorks Animation
42 States$434,587-60%1372$3,172$1,742,4492UTV Motion Pictures
5The LEGO Movie$355,963-11%303-37$1,175$252,798,44112Warner Bros.
6Walking with the Enemy$331,855--258--$1,286$331,8551Liberty Studios
7The Lunchbox$322,434-8%1657$1,954$2,696,3299Sony Pictures Classics
8Under the Skin (2014)$273,167-35%158-18$1,729$1,531,5874A24
9300: Rise of an Empire$231,5630%32560$713$105,814,5328Warner Bros.
10Non-Stop (2014)$203,175-46%252-108$806$90,490,7059Universal
11Frozen (2013)$189,962-27%227-63$837$400,175,40123Disney
12Need For Speed$171,085-42%187-71$915$42,904,6367Disney / DreamWorks
13Le Week-End$149,496-44%129-20$1,159$1,844,0187Music Box Films
14The Monuments Men$115,638-20%166-55$697$77,685,63112Sony / Columbia
15The Nut Job$101,646-8%160-41$635$64,165,44415Open Road
16RoboCop (2014)$94,185-18%147-28$641$57,883,00311Sony / Columbia
17Son of God$70,088-74%211-292$332$59,569,9289Fox
18Dom Hemingway$64,619-55%119-10$543$435,1874Fox Searchlight
19Bad Words$48,339-71%114-109$424$7,678,8687Focus
20Gravity$39,367-45%105-40$375$274,052,11030Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fading Gigolo$300,56666%3732$8,123$545,0592Millennium Entertainment
2Only Lovers Left Alive$200,94372%5336$3,791$500,9643Sony Pictures Classics
3Finding Vivian Maier$147,20211%6021$2,453$702,0385IFC Films
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$141,474-23%370$3,824$1,100,7754Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Journey to the South Pacific$84,7755%161$5,298$2,304,28722IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6Locke$81,006--4--$20,252$81,0061A24
7The Raid 2$80,706-78%71-468$1,137$2,480,8015Sony Pictures Classics
8Hubble 3D$53,869-32%180$2,993$43,789,282215Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Jodorowsky's Dune$48,75925%4110$1,189$381,1466Sony Pictures Classics
10Particle Fever$43,72032%22-1$1,987$718,0948Abramorama / Bond 360
11Cesar Chavez$42,920-48%45-72$954$5,482,5465Lionsgate / Pantelion
123 Days to Kill$41,717-38%85-25$491$30,610,84410Relativity Media
13Joe (2014)$38,315-49%41-7$935$298,3523Roadside Attractions
14Sabotage (2014)$36,215-55%75-55$483$10,431,7685Open Road
15The German Doctor$34,259--5--$6,852$34,2591IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
16About Last Night$33,563-47%67-42$501$48,637,68411Sony / Screen Gems
17Blue Ruin$32,608--7--$4,658$32,6081RADiUS-TWC
18The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$28,94127%146$2,067$109,5834Zeitgeist Films
19Alan Partridge$28,688127%2211$1,304$117,3044Magnolia Pictures
20That Demon Within$28,441-63%12-5$2,370$140,6332China Lion Film
21Dancing in Jaffa$23,31432%134$1,793$66,7013IFC Films
2250 to 1$21,063-64%23-33$916$642,9646Ten Furlongs
23Nymphomaniac: Volume II$17,158-30%311$553$278,9484Magnolia Pictures
2412 Years a Slave$17,141-34%32-21$536$56,651,94328Fox Searchlight
25Beneath the Harvest Sky$16,768--8--$2,096$16,7681Tribeca Film
26The Wind Rises$15,855-10%268$610$5,153,72610Disney
27Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$15,781-66%87-27$181$15,968,1247Lionsgate
28Philomena$14,654-52%33-68$444$37,675,70023Weinstein Company
29Nymphomaniac: Volume I$14,205-30%16-10$888$726,0746Magnolia Pictures
30Ernest & Celestine$13,102-6%20-11$655$258,9609GKIDS
31Tim's Vermeer$12,986-30%23-5$565$1,623,54113Sony Pictures Classics
32Watermark$11,364-40%168$710$64,2664eOne Films US
33On My Way$10,929--5--$2,186$280,1267Cohen Media Group
34Hateship Loveship$10,13657%1613$634$27,8433IFC Films
35Last Passenger$9,326--10--$933$9,3261Cohen Media Group
36The Unknown Known$8,419-75%22-27$383$254,0684RADiUS-TWC
37Under the Sea 3D$7,194-36%81$899$33,893,053272Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Enemy$7,081-32%150$472$992,7207A24
39To the Arctic 3D$6,451-5%61$1,075$14,004,225106Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Gloria (2014)$6,105-12%9-4$678$2,092,90914Roadside Attractions
41Who Is Dayani Cristal?$5,712--2--$2,856$5,7121Kino Lorber
42August: Osage County$5,44067%7-9$777$37,734,47318Weinstein Company
43Frankie & Alice$5,067-83%24-19$211$693,1814Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
44Bright Days Ahead$4,919--4--$1,230$4,9191Tribeca Film
45The Final Member$4,759131%103$476$7,9492Drafthouse Films
46Make Your Move$4,660-94%40-102$117$122,2932High Top Releasing
47Young and Beautiful$4,607--1--$4,607$4,6071IFC Films
48The Missing Picture$4,526486%53$905$46,2236Strand Releasing
49For No Good Reason$4,516--2--$2,258$4,5161Sony Pictures Classics
50Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$4,240--2--$2,120$34,03312Rialto Pictures
51Born to Be Wild 3D$4,18865%112$381$23,293,356160Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Child's Pose$4,063-19%51$813$94,85310Zeitgeist Films
53Dallas Buyers Club$3,978-54%12-2$332$27,296,51426Focus
54The Retrieval$3,9531%54$791$27,9497Variance Films
55Bicycling with Molière$3,896--1--$3,896$5,2661Strand Releasing
56Anita (2014)$3,742--6--$624$173,6346IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
57Rob the Mob$3,363-72%4-9$841$182,5986Millennium Entertainment
58Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$3,225-23%3-3$1,075$155,04612Kino Lorber
59Just a Sigh$2,013--2--$1,007$55,3676Distrib Films
60It Felt Like Love$1,814536%32$605$31,1736Variance Films
61Manakamana$1,562-57%10$1,562$7,6112Cinema Guild
62American Mustang$1,513-68%10$1,513$47,67915Vitagraph / Just Media
63The Invisible Woman$1,32222%21$661$1,228,29518Sony Pictures Classics
64Godzilla: The Japanese Original$936-91%10$936$21,8742Rialto Pictures
65Gabrielle (2014)$892-71%10$892$4,8042eOne Films US
6620 Feet from Stardom$887491%10$887$4,943,11446RADiUS-TWC
67Stranger By the Lake$688--4--$172$324,02614Strand Releasing
68Mistaken for Strangers$646--2--$323$135,2755Abramorama
69No God, No Master$623-62%20$312$3,5375Monterey Media
70In Bloom$426--1--$426$49,06816Big World Pictures
71Tasting Menu$236-96%1-4$236$9,0852Magnolia Pictures
72Redwood Highway$130-44%1-1$130$4273Monterey Media