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, Jul. 11 - Sun, Jul. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$72,611,427--3,967--$18,304$72,611,4271Fox
2Transformers: Age of Extinction$16,302,415-56%3,913-320$4,166$208,833,7133Paramount
3Tammy$12,555,151-42%3,4650$3,623$56,998,7522Warner Bros. / New Line
422 Jump Street$6,501,558-34%2,811-513$2,313$171,762,6975Sony / Columbia
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$6,073,372-32%2,885-412$2,105$152,276,7335Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Earth to Echo$5,488,277-34%3,2300$1,699$24,585,8162Relativity Media
7Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$4,750,289-51%3,0490$1,558$25,052,0992Sony / Screen Gems
8Maleficent$4,180,586-32%2,077-312$2,013$222,005,3947Disney
9Jersey Boys$2,517,430-51%1,968-662$1,279$41,712,0404Warner Bros.
10Think Like a Man Too$2,400,983-51%1,231-498$1,950$61,807,2454Sony / Screen Gems
11America (2014)$2,393,811-13%1,1050$2,166$8,211,7913Lionsgate
12Edge of Tomorrow$1,813,249-50%1,103-435$1,644$94,498,3416Warner Bros.
13The Fault in Our Stars$1,506,215-40%1,002-863$1,503$119,629,6996Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Begin Again$2,820,839124%939764$3,004$5,171,5873Weinstein Company
2Chef$1,259,140-26%70115$1,796$24,075,14010Open Road
3X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,025,365-46%655-389$1,565$229,162,4368Fox
4Snowpiercer$635,370-37%356106$1,785$2,635,4723RADiUS-TWC
5Rio 2$392,0996%285-26$1,376$129,626,91114Fox
6Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania$380,011--101--$3,762$380,0111Reliance Entertainment
7Neighbors (2014)$357,625-14%267-48$1,339$148,636,11010Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man 2$344,843-25%275-14$1,254$201,597,62511Sony / Columbia
9Blended$342,8193%33530$1,023$44,713,3148Warner Bros.
10Godzilla (2014)$246,234-41%303-49$813$198,355,1859Warner Bros.
11Third Person$238,026124%227193$1,049$556,5564Sony Pictures Classics
12Obvious Child$219,325-41%134-68$1,637$2,344,8456A24
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$213,468-36%215-36$993$258,258,22215Disney
14A Million Ways to Die in the West$213,320-24%188-39$1,135$42,615,6857Universal
15Million Dollar Arm$186,1582%22461$831$35,643,7529Disney
16Heaven is for Real$151,510-21%173-13$876$90,836,06713Sony / TriStar
17Belle$137,810-27%107-16$1,288$10,249,49511Fox Searchlight
18The LEGO Movie$78,61223%350110$225$257,335,78123Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$387,618--5--$77,524$387,6181IFC Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$151,5172%410$3,696$4,240,61515Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ida (2014)$147,712-37%88-15$1,679$3,119,85411Music Box Films
4Life Itself$141,5558%6643$2,145$329,0212Magnolia Pictures
5The Grand Seduction$121,338-28%921$1,319$2,706,8687eOne Films US
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$69,321-31%63-9$1,100$58,848,86619Fox Searchlight
7A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$65,488-70%56-46$1,169$427,5062Janus Films
8The Other Woman (2014)$65,152-32%96-46$679$83,742,26512Fox
9Journey to the South Pacific$59,243-8%180$3,291$3,682,42133IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Hubble 3D$52,611-10%131$4,047$45,057,568226Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Words and Pictures$47,582-51%40-21$1,190$1,986,5488Roadside Attractions
12Venus in Fur$42,21141%197$2,222$170,0774IFC Films
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$41,178-20%78-33$528$111,233,40119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Land Ho!$34,319--4--$8,580$34,3191Sony Pictures Classics
15Yves Saint Laurent$33,887-28%144$2,421$162,2713Weinstein Company
16Le Chef$30,782-31%12-6$2,565$169,8574Cohen Media Group
17Moms' Night Out$22,680-56%54-42$420$10,429,70710Sony / TriStar
18Jerusalem 3D$20,492-30%143$1,464$4,671,77143National Geographic
19Code Black$19,696147%76$2,814$75,3864Long Shot Factory
20Only Lovers Left Alive$17,22711%120$1,436$1,794,05914Sony Pictures Classics
21A Coffee in Berlin$15,4022%10-1$1,540$107,5195Music Box Films
22The Breakup Guru$14,390-60%6-4$2,398$183,6833China Lion Film
23A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$13,822-6%62$2,304$79,4244Big World Pictures
24God's Not Dead$11,622-68%25-35$465$60,722,24717Freestyle / Pure Flix
25The Rover$10,1660%12-9$847$1,043,5725A24
26Under the Sea 3D$10,111-12%6-1$1,685$34,127,720283Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Under the Skin (2014)$9,855-14%9-3$1,095$2,565,63915A24
28Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$9,588-32%91$1,065$55,4403Magnolia Pictures
29Locke$8,741-16%10-1$874$1,329,64812A24
3050 to 1$8,019-14%7-1$1,146$798,53617Ten Furlongs
31Bears$7,107-40%22-9$323$17,769,44213Disneynature
32Fading Gigolo$6,736-43%10-2$674$3,763,97313Millennium Entertainment
33Ivory Tower$6,252163%30$2,084$99,5555IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
34Citizen Koch$6,218--9--$691$142,7296Variance Films
35The Last Sentence$6,002230%64$1,000$38,5904Music Box Films
36Muppets Most Wanted$5,892-46%23-18$256$51,178,89317Disney
37Fed Up$5,878-14%202$294$1,501,12710RADiUS-TWC
38Chinese Puzzle$5,784-28%102$578$335,4309Cohen Media Group
39Frozen (2013)$5,751-20%9-2$639$400,736,60034Disney
40Half of a Yellow Sun$5,1612381%43$1,290$44,7659Monterey Media
41Closed Curtain$5,002--1--$5,002$7,6561Variance Films
42Finding Vivian Maier$4,85453%81$607$1,479,30916IFC Films
43The Lunchbox$4,647-42%105$465$4,185,81720Sony Pictures Classics
44The Double (2014)$4,2136%70$602$178,96110Magnolia Pictures
45The Signal (2014)$4,079-39%15-20$272$597,4205Focus
46The Railway Man$3,284-53%11-3$299$4,435,08314Weinstein Company
47We Are the Best!$2,907-15%10-2$291$159,9717Magnolia Pictures
48For a Woman$2,575--1--$2,575$28,13111Film Movement
49Redwood Highway$2,537-7%20$1,269$119,24314Monterey Media
50Hellion$2,529-54%92$281$46,1105IFC Films
51Night Moves$2,213-77%6-5$369$248,3837Cinedigm
52Lucky Them$1,905-30%40$476$37,8377IFC Films
53Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,895-78%6-6$316$202,4056RADiUS-TWC
54Siddharth$1,718-11%10$1,718$13,3843Zeitgeist Films
55Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$1,534-69%60$256$133,2968IFC Films
56Borgman$1,499-61%5-2$300$51,7226Drafthouse Films
57A Long Way Down$1,426--1--$1,426$1,4261Magnolia Pictures
58The Empty Hours$1,366--1--$1,366$1,3661Strand Releasing
59The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$1,342-69%2-2$671$46,3793FilmBuff / Participant
60Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,218-87%10-13$122$8,456,32510Clarius Entertainment
61Cold in July$1,202-57%5-1$240$416,8438IFC Films
62To the Arctic 3D$1,114178%21$557$14,147,968117Warner Bros. / IMAX
63Jodorowsky's Dune$620-57%2-1$310$644,03617Sony Pictures Classics
64For No Good Reason$607402%32$202$63,03212Sony Pictures Classics
65Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$550-80%2-1$275$44,3839International Film Circuit
66Bicycling with Molière$525-28%1-1$525$57,09412Strand Releasing
67The Hornet's Nest$520-77%21$260$310,18010Freestyle Releasing
68Under the Electric Sky$473-93%1-8$473$196,0777Focus
69The Girl on the Train (2014)$468122%21$234$4682Monterey Media
70Ilo Ilo$441-89%1-1$441$54,07115Film Movement
71Deep Sea 3D$41983%21$210$46,069,917437Warner Bros. / IMAX
72Filth$404-64%2-1$202$33,4767Magnolia / Magnet
73Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$320-51%10$320$61,35222Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
74The Jewish Cardinal$198-4%10$198$130,66127Film Movement
75Born to Be Wild 3D$104-84%4-1$26$23,433,602171Warner Bros. / IMAX
76Nothing Bad Can Happen$65-85%1-1$65$4,6793Drafthouse Films
77The Amazing Catfish$50-96%1-1$50$11,2785Strand Releasing
78Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$12--1--$12$1,6145First Run Features