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, Jul. 4 - Sun, Jul. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$37,050,185-63%4,2330$8,753$175,395,9542Paramount
2Tammy$21,577,049--3,465--$6,227$33,306,5891Warner Bros. / New Line
322 Jump Street$9,803,332-38%3,324-102$2,949$159,269,6254Sony / Columbia
4Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$9,740,471--3,049--$3,195$15,252,3231Sony / Screen Gems
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$8,961,088-32%3,297-453$2,718$140,215,4524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$8,364,658--3,230--$2,590$13,567,5571Relativity Media
7Maleficent$6,159,176-26%2,389-684$2,578$213,919,6646Disney
8Jersey Boys$5,155,145-33%2,630-275$1,960$36,690,9403Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$4,874,105-53%1,729-496$2,819$57,172,8293Sony / Screen Gems
10Edge of Tomorrow$3,660,337-32%1,538-997$2,380$90,887,4905Warner Bros.
11America (2014)$2,743,7537007%1,1051102$2,483$4,062,7212Lionsgate
12The Fault in Our Stars$2,515,113-51%1,865-980$1,349$115,918,6425Fox
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,893,127-43%1,044-970$1,813$227,113,1297Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$1,695,6782%686-115$2,472$22,057,4309Open Road
2Begin Again$1,256,583837%175170$7,180$1,794,8322Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$1,007,926489%250242$4,032$1,509,4452RADiUS-TWC
4The Amazing Spider-Man 2$460,40343%28915$1,593$200,938,01510Sony / Columbia
5Godzilla (2014)$419,108-55%352-398$1,191$197,902,7228Warner Bros.
6Neighbors (2014)$417,425-47%315-195$1,325$148,039,0559Universal
7Obvious Child$374,447-32%2026$1,854$1,918,5215A24
8Rio 2$369,686-17%311-11$1,189$128,872,81413Fox
9Blended$334,203-44%305-170$1,096$44,180,2187Warner Bros.
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$332,370-18%251-30$1,324$257,842,26114Disney
11A Million Ways to Die in the West$281,535-50%227-256$1,240$42,264,7056Universal
12Ida (2014)$233,333-12%103-29$2,265$2,865,41710Music Box Films
13A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$220,542--102--$2,162$220,5421Janus Films
14Heaven is for Real$191,964-19%186-25$1,032$90,541,82512Sony / TriStar
15Belle$188,738-26%123-52$1,534$9,998,45710Fox Searchlight
16Million Dollar Arm$182,805-39%163-110$1,122$35,361,0558Disney
17Divergent$145,082-26%184-26$788$150,832,20316Lionsgate / Summit
18Ek Villain$116,279-72%1040$1,118$684,7002Eros International
19The Other Woman (2014)$96,108-41%142-53$677$83,602,71511Fox
20The LEGO Movie$63,962-56%240-95$267$257,186,16522Warner Bros.
21Mr. Peabody & Sherman$51,473-36%111-30$464$111,141,06418Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$168,661-29%91-28$1,853$2,474,3216eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$149,2043%410$3,639$3,892,00414Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Life Itself$131,411--23--$5,714$131,4111Magnolia Pictures
4Third Person$106,37043%3416$3,129$278,3053Sony Pictures Classics
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$100,089-16%72-18$1,390$58,722,69318Fox Searchlight
6Words and Pictures$98,049-28%61-44$1,607$1,893,1607Roadside Attractions
7Journey to the South Pacific$64,64121%180$3,591$3,557,51132IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
8Hubble 3D$58,54029%12-10$4,878$44,938,115225Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Moms' Night Out$51,157-39%96-21$533$10,378,2259Sony / TriStar
10Yves Saint Laurent$47,14195%108$4,714$101,7022Weinstein Company
11Le Chef$44,54725%18-1$2,475$120,5863Cohen Media Group
12God's Not Dead$36,204-40%60-30$603$60,720,58316Freestyle / Pure Flix
13The Breakup Guru$36,194-42%10-2$3,619$147,3912China Lion Film
14Venus in Fur$29,94720%122$2,496$112,2083IFC Films
15Jerusalem 3D$29,12121%11-3$2,647$4,617,11842National Geographic
16Only Lovers Left Alive$15,521-21%12-10$1,293$1,766,79513Sony Pictures Classics
17A Coffee in Berlin$15,085-36%111$1,371$82,6764Music Box Films
18A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$14,66829%42$3,667$56,9283Big World Pictures
19Lekar Hum Deewana Dil$14,418--50--$288$14,4181Eros International
20Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$14,183-1%85$1,773$35,8362Magnolia Pictures
21Fading Gigolo$11,804-52%12-12$984$3,747,83312Millennium Entertainment
22Bears$11,787-55%31-41$380$17,748,88212Disneynature
23Under the Sea 3D$11,53865%70$1,648$34,099,549282Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Under the Skin (2014)$11,452-9%12-2$954$2,549,90914A24
25Muppets Most Wanted$10,954-64%41-26$267$51,163,44716Disney
26Locke$10,444-10%11-4$949$1,315,49611A24
27The Rover$10,147-89%21-226$483$1,024,7714A24
28Night Moves$9,741-37%11-3$886$241,1186Cinedigm
29Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,359-5%232$407$8,449,1659Clarius Entertainment
3050 to 1$9,350-45%8-4$1,169$785,96516Ten Furlongs
31Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8,534-65%12-19$711$194,7905RADiUS-TWC
32Chinese Puzzle$8,077-29%8-6$1,010$316,3238Cohen Media Group
33Code Black$7,978-64%1-1$7,978$52,3323Long Shot Factory
34The Lunchbox$7,949-36%5-11$1,590$4,178,28119Sony Pictures Classics
35Frozen (2013)$7,22639%11-3$657$400,728,42433Disney
36The Railway Man$6,986-58%14-24$499$4,425,30513Weinstein Company
37Fed Up$6,832-72%18-14$380$1,488,1399RADiUS-TWC
38The Signal (2014)$6,740-90%35-145$193$588,2054Focus
39Under the Electric Sky$6,540-72%90$727$188,9056Focus
40Hellion$5,553-47%7-1$793$40,7534IFC Films
41Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$4,901-27%60$817$127,7437IFC Films
42The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$4,397-80%4-8$1,099$40,8162FilmBuff / Participant
43The Double (2014)$3,958-12%7-2$565$170,7559Magnolia Pictures
44Borgman$3,87347%73$553$44,3335Drafthouse Films
45Ilo Ilo$3,845-24%20$1,923$52,60314Film Movement
46We Are the Best!$3,405-55%12-7$284$156,0806Magnolia Pictures
47Finding Vivian Maier$3,167-57%7-3$452$1,466,91615IFC Films
48Coherence$3,023--3--$1,008$40,4073Oscilloscope
49Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$2,7862%3-4$929$41,5248International Film Circuit
50Cold in July$2,764-41%6-2$461$414,6237IFC Films
51Redwood Highway$2,720-49%2-5$1,360$115,12413Monterey Media
52Lucky Them$2,70719%4-2$677$32,8536IFC Films
53Ivory Tower$2,381-88%3-9$794$90,5964IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
54The Hornet's Nest$2,219209%1-1$2,219$309,5519Freestyle Releasing
55Siddharth$1,922-58%10$1,922$10,3622Zeitgeist Films
56The Last Sentence$1,820-82%2-4$910$31,7933Music Box Films
57Jodorowsky's Dune$1,449-65%3-4$483$641,74416Sony Pictures Classics
58The Amazing Catfish$1,203-44%2-1$602$10,6704Strand Releasing
59Filth$1,123-7%30$374$31,8406Magnolia / Magnet
60The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$886-47%10$886$10,0518First Run Features
61Godzilla: The Japanese Original$805--1--$805$144,56212Rialto Pictures
62Bicycling with Molière$73414%20$367$55,92011Strand Releasing
63Born to Be Wild 3D$653595%5-1$131$23,423,237170Warner Bros. / IMAX
64Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$653-31%1-1$653$61,03221Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
65Nothing Bad Can Happen$444-84%2-2$222$4,2862Drafthouse Films
66To the Arctic 3D$401-73%1-1$401$14,143,113116Warner Bros. / IMAX
67Deep Sea 3D$229-28%1-3$229$46,068,008436Warner Bros. / IMAX
68The Girl on the Train (2014)$211--1--$211$2111Monterey Media
69Half of a Yellow Sun$208-63%1-3$208$38,6178Monterey Media
70The Jewish Cardinal$20728%10$207$130,46326Film Movement
71For No Good Reason$121-86%1-4$121$62,28611Sony Pictures Classics