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. 25 - Sun, Jul. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$43,899,340--3,173--$13,835$43,899,3401Universal
2Hercules (2014)$29,800,263--3,595--$8,289$29,800,2631Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$16,767,260-54%3,668-301$4,571$172,455,8893Fox
4The Purge: Anarchy$10,482,760-65%2,85650$3,670$51,858,9052Universal
5Planes: Fire and Rescue$9,529,656-46%3,83913$2,482$35,347,4782Disney
6Sex Tape$6,052,050-59%3,0620$1,977$26,953,5822Sony / Columbia
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$4,702,553-52%2,476-748$1,899$236,455,0285Paramount
8And So It Goes$4,642,329--1,762--$2,635$4,642,3291Clarius Entertainment
9Tammy$3,454,221-53%2,562-840$1,348$78,201,3104Warner Bros. / New Line
1022 Jump Street$2,600,471-45%1,613-616$1,612$185,754,5707Sony / Columbia
11How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,234,919-43%1,358-811$1,646$165,663,7997Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Maleficent$1,835,238-43%1,077-464$1,704$232,174,4229Disney
13Begin Again$1,574,846-40%1,244-58$1,266$12,310,7535Weinstein Company
14Earth to Echo$1,387,368-58%1,272-1178$1,091$35,531,8264Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$2,687,227--361--$7,444$2,687,2271Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$1,761,87351%10773$16,466$4,162,6813IFC Films
3The Fluffy Movie$1,311,446--432--$3,036$1,311,4461Open Road
4Wish I Was Here$1,154,548138%625557$1,847$1,879,7882Focus
5Kick$1,071,373--177--$6,053$1,071,3731UTV Motion Pictures
6America (2014)$903,937-46%760-270$1,189$13,242,5045Lionsgate
7Chef$763,624-31%405-147$1,885$27,262,92612Open Road
8Edge of Tomorrow$525,411-52%353-249$1,488$97,709,5178Warner Bros.
9Jersey Boys$502,185-58%462-541$1,087$45,640,0166Warner Bros.
10The Fault in Our Stars$483,139-41%387-170$1,248$122,703,9948Fox
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$395,061-44%289-98$1,367$231,272,87010Fox
12Godzilla (2014)$386,819-25%302-24$1,281$199,704,02511Warner Bros.
13Think Like a Man Too$364,024-66%317-311$1,148$64,744,0356Sony / Screen Gems
14Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$271,989-82%321-1170$847$30,288,0564Sony / Screen Gems
15Neighbors (2014)$247,520-2%208-22$1,190$149,489,92512Universal
16Rio 2$221,492-27%230-26$963$130,678,66216Fox
17Blended$207,335-25%223-62$930$45,607,49010Warner Bros.
18Snowpiercer$203,037-55%149-62$1,363$3,904,4585RADiUS-TWC
19The Amazing Spider-Man 2$175,905-26%187-31$941$202,408,52613Sony / Columbia
20Persecuted$169,182-80%384-352$441$1,438,2932Millennium Entertainment
21Captain America: The Winter Soldier$136,115-25%163-28$835$258,848,38717Disney
22Million Dollar Arm$104,519-38%140-35$747$36,169,41111Disney
23Heaven is for Real$95,735-25%129-20$742$91,269,77115Sony / TriStar
24The LEGO Movie$36,422-14%2020$180$257,582,91425Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Magic in the Moonlight$412,095--17--$24,241$412,0951Sony Pictures Classics
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$184,78514%410$4,507$5,030,52617Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Seduction$78,609-37%74-16$1,062$3,099,2409eOne Films US
4Obvious Child$77,878-55%63-33$1,236$2,792,2148A24
5I Origins$77,065179%7672$1,014$118,8292Fox Searchlight
6Journey to the South Pacific$69,701-10%180$3,872$3,992,53835IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Ida (2014)$66,302-47%48-32$1,381$3,478,25513Music Box Films
8Hubble 3D$58,957-2%140$4,211$45,326,179228Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Belle$54,791-51%58-34$945$10,576,61013Fox Searchlight
10Life Itself$48,875-62%77-23$635$657,9554Magnolia Pictures
11Land Ho!$32,176-8%147$2,298$133,9853Sony Pictures Classics
12Le Chef$29,589-7%14-1$2,114$265,6316Cohen Media Group
13Words and Pictures$27,750-33%28-5$991$2,112,28910Roadside Attractions
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$26,581-49%37-9$718$59,000,05721Fox Searchlight
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$24,4615%58-5$422$111,341,86721Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Mood Indigo$24,214-9%75$3,459$62,2442Drafthouse Films
17Venus in Fur$24,086--45--$535$301,6816IFC Films
18The Other Woman (2014)$20,458-43%39-21$525$83,865,72114Fox
19Third Person$18,641-83%35-119$533$854,8996Sony Pictures Classics
20Jerusalem 3D$17,662-12%10-1$1,766$4,775,08945National Geographic
21Yves Saint Laurent$16,077-37%8-3$2,010$242,3585Weinstein Company
2250 to 1$13,139481%73$1,877$821,14719Ten Furlongs
23Under the Sea 3D$11,148-10%8-3$1,394$34,185,775285Warner Bros. / IMAX
24A Five Star Life$9,780-39%10$9,780$36,5352Music Box Films
25Only Lovers Left Alive$8,979-34%10-1$898$1,826,78816Sony Pictures Classics
26The Rover$8,741-9%110$795$1,077,8487A24
27Under the Skin (2014)$8,144-8%8-1$1,018$2,593,96117A24
28Happy Christmas$7,523--4--$1,881$7,5231Magnolia Pictures
29The Lunchbox$7,31353%82$914$4,202,63222Sony Pictures Classics
30A Master Builder$7,017--1--$7,017$12,9711Abramorama
31A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$6,632-70%6-3$1,105$125,2576Big World Pictures
32A Coffee in Berlin$6,318-34%91$702$139,0157Music Box Films
33Code Black$6,073-50%6-1$1,012$114,5196Long Shot Factory
34Locke$5,214-29%5-2$1,043$1,351,98114A24
35Fed Up$4,307-27%131$331$1,528,24012RADiUS-TWC
36God's Not Dead$4,219-34%9-2$469$60,746,70419Freestyle / Pure Flix
37Come Back to Me$4,156--10--$416$4,1561Freestyle Releasing
38Very Good Girls$4,102--9--$456$4,1021Well Go USA / Tribeca Film
39Siddharth$3,487-68%4-1$872$43,4945Zeitgeist Films
40There’s No Place Like Utopia$3,249-89%10$3,249$39,4012Rocky Mountain Pictures
41Finding Vivian Maier$3,154--4--$789$1,497,63518IFC Films
42Under the Electric Sky$3,087--4--$772$204,1509Focus
43Video Games: The Movie$2,963-77%6-19$494$23,0432Variance Films
44Closed Curtain$2,728-72%51$546$28,0983Variance Films
45Citizen Koch$2,59485%74$371$153,9088Variance Films
46As It Is in Heaven (2014)$2,554381%10$2,554$7,6033Embark Visuals
47The Double (2014)$2,229-24%73$318$190,45312Magnolia Pictures
48Lucky Them$1,962--5--$392$45,9299IFC Films
49A Long Way Down$1,857-63%3-2$619$13,0933Magnolia Pictures
50The Empty Hours$1,615-18%31$538$6,9733Strand Releasing
51Born to Be Wild 3D$1,594781%82$199$23,473,165173Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Cold in July$1,500--3--$500$422,05510IFC Films
53To the Arctic 3D$1,494-32%30$498$14,157,329119Warner Bros. / IMAX
54The Breakup Guru$1,474-81%1-2$1,474$208,9595China Lion Film
55Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$1,397-79%4-3$349$71,8505Magnolia Pictures
56Redwood Highway$1,330-38%2-1$665$127,89916Monterey Media
57We Are the Best!$1,244-57%2-6$622$171,7049Magnolia Pictures
58Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$978-69%4-6$245$209,0578RADiUS-TWC
59The Hornet's Nest$923190%10$923$311,97512Freestyle Releasing
60Hellion$885--3--$295$51,2877IFC Films
61Jodorowsky's Dune$842-15%2-2$421$646,51219Sony Pictures Classics
62Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$820-6%6-2$137$8,460,99012Clarius Entertainment
63A Long Way Off$607--1--$607$28,9518Moving Visions Entertainment
64The Last Sentence$522-83%1-2$522$47,4916Music Box Films
65Night Moves$463-55%2-1$232$251,8409Cinedigm
66For No Good Reason$28514%10$285$65,50414Sony Pictures Classics
67Sweet Dreams (2013)$230--1--$230$59,40339International Film Circuit
68The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$1947%10$194$10,98911First Run Features
69Borgman$15-99%1-4$15$56,4748Drafthouse Films
70Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$8--1--$8$1,6407First Run Features