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, Aug. 1 - Sun, Aug. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$94,320,883--4,080--$23,118$94,320,8831Disney
2Lucy$18,252,590-58%3,20229$5,700$79,539,9752Universal
3Get On Up$13,585,915--2,468--$5,505$13,585,9151Universal
4Hercules (2014)$11,010,367-63%3,5950$3,063$52,658,4152Paramount
5Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$8,690,314-48%3,283-385$2,647$189,319,9874Fox
6Planes: Fire and Rescue$6,044,003-37%3,241-598$1,865$47,216,2093Disney
7The Purge: Anarchy$5,853,245-44%2,656-200$2,204$63,264,2203Universal
8Sex Tape$3,522,201-42%2,500-562$1,409$33,880,6653Sony / Columbia
9And So It Goes$3,261,935-30%1,81654$1,796$10,390,7182Clarius Entertainment
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$2,241,072-52%1,732-744$1,294$241,206,9876Paramount
11Tammy$1,568,002-55%1,415-1147$1,108$81,530,7075Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$3,242,16221%726365$4,466$6,976,8112Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$2,398,68336%310203$7,738$7,442,0634IFC Films
3Maleficent$1,272,342-31%681-396$1,868$234,740,47310Disney
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,216,629-46%861-497$1,413$168,570,6868Fox / DreamWorks Animation
522 Jump Street$1,180,532-55%828-785$1,426$188,441,6148Sony / Columbia
6Begin Again$668,236-58%727-517$919$13,755,5736Weinstein Company
7Chef$657,530-14%350-55$1,879$28,309,99913Open Road
8Edge of Tomorrow$629,58620%40249$1,566$98,621,3469Warner Bros.
9Wish I Was Here$610,109-47%753128$810$3,054,0753Focus
10The Fluffy Movie$530,206-60%4320$1,227$2,370,1582Open Road
11Earth to Echo$470,536-66%536-736$878$36,978,2055Relativity Media
12Kick$439,304-59%162-15$2,712$2,100,0412UTV Motion Pictures
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$398,956193%18118$2,204$259,322,89018Disney
14America (2014)$354,731-61%478-282$742$14,074,7746Lionsgate
15The Fault in Our Stars$316,902-34%282-105$1,124$123,403,6409Fox
16Jersey Boys$285,089-43%286-176$997$46,222,8547Warner Bros.
17Godzilla (2014)$241,850-37%277-25$873$200,163,95312Warner Bros.
18X-Men: Days of Future Past$187,084-53%190-99$985$231,696,33711Fox
19Neighbors (2014)$174,295-30%177-31$985$149,771,25513Universal
20Rio 2$171,317-23%212-18$808$131,020,63317Fox
21Blended$149,673-28%187-36$800$45,889,19111Warner Bros.
22The Amazing Spider-Man 2$119,966-32%161-26$745$202,644,00114Sony / Columbia
23Think Like a Man Too$112,399-69%115-202$977$65,028,6877Sony / Screen Gems
24Snowpiercer$110,192-46%100-49$1,102$4,139,1996RADiUS-TWC
25Million Dollar Arm$77,177-26%101-39$764$36,312,73912Disney
26I Origins$67,214-13%12246$551$233,3343Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Magic in the Moonlight$740,75980%6548$11,396$1,323,0952Sony Pictures Classics
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$166,674-10%410$4,065$5,436,36618Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$93,920-65%97-224$968$30,523,5685Sony / Screen Gems
4Hubble 3D$75,26328%9-5$8,363$45,473,641229Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Calvary$74,149--4--$18,537$74,1491Fox Searchlight
6Journey to the South Pacific$70,2361%180$3,902$4,147,96136IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Obvious Child$67,467-13%44-19$1,533$2,895,9019A24
8Heaven is for Real$52,621-45%96-33$548$91,386,09716Sony / TriStar
9The Grand Seduction$47,725-39%50-24$955$3,204,78410eOne Films US
10Mood Indigo$38,05857%2013$1,903$118,9113Drafthouse Films
11Ida (2014)$35,939-46%33-15$1,089$3,551,00614Music Box Films
12Belle$30,595-44%43-15$712$10,645,03914Fox Searchlight
13A Five Star Life$28,680193%76$4,097$73,3883Music Box Films
14Child of God$27,630--8--$3,454$27,6301Well Go USA
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$25,4044%591$431$111,392,58022Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Le Chef$23,197-22%184$1,289$306,7247Cohen Media Group
17Persecuted$21,194-87%32-352$662$1,546,2193Millennium Entertainment
18Land Ho!$19,375-40%195$1,020$173,9104Sony Pictures Classics
19Jerusalem 3D$18,1783%100$1,818$4,837,18846National Geographic
20Life Itself$16,854-66%44-33$383$712,2435Magnolia Pictures
21The Grand Budapest Hotel$15,008-44%23-14$653$59,034,59922Fox Searchlight
22Under the Sea 3D$14,14827%6-2$2,358$34,219,524286Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Code Black$13,136116%104$1,314$135,6147Long Shot Factory
2450 to 1$12,537-5%103$1,254$842,79420Ten Furlongs
25Words and Pictures$12,289-56%18-10$683$2,140,90611Roadside Attractions
26Venus in Fur$10,398-57%31-14$335$327,8897IFC Films
27The Other Woman (2014)$10,046-51%22-17$457$83,892,21815Fox
28Yves Saint Laurent$9,985-38%80$1,248$262,4076Weinstein Company
29Born to Be Wild 3D$9,898521%7-1$1,414$23,485,722174Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Third Person$9,622-48%9-26$1,069$874,8057Sony Pictures Classics
31Only Lovers Left Alive$8,283-8%7-3$1,183$1,841,12217Sony Pictures Classics
32Happy Christmas$7,016-7%95$780$17,4392Magnolia Pictures
33The LEGO Movie$6,951-81%38-164$183$257,716,50726Warner Bros.
34Under the Skin (2014)$6,454-21%5-3$1,291$2,605,03918A24
35The Rover$5,776-34%6-5$963$1,089,1508A24
36A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$5,524-17%71$789$134,2657Big World Pictures
37Locke$4,212-19%4-1$1,053$1,361,42315A24
38There’s No Place Like Utopia$4,19029%54$838$45,2543Rocky Mountain Pictures
39A Master Builder$4,135-41%10$4,135$21,4872Abramorama
40The Double (2014)$4,05882%92$451$196,63213Magnolia Pictures
41God's Not Dead$3,714-12%7-2$531$60,753,73520Freestyle / Pure Flix
42A Coffee in Berlin$3,675-42%7-2$525$146,1358Music Box Films
43Fed Up$3,086-28%7-6$441$1,533,02513RADiUS-TWC
44The Lunchbox$2,706-63%4-4$677$4,207,84123Sony Pictures Classics
45Siddharth$2,672-23%2-2$1,336$48,6176Zeitgeist Films
46Finding Vivian Maier$2,228-29%95$248$1,503,61619IFC Films
47We Are the Best!$1,099-12%31$366$174,24410Magnolia Pictures
48To the Arctic 3D$1,014-32%41$254$14,159,514120Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,000--1--$1,000$147,41816Rialto Pictures
50The Jewish Cardinal$926--1--$926$133,06630Film Movement
51Moebius$876--1--$876$8761RAM Releasing
52Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$855-13%40$214$210,5299RADiUS-TWC
53The Last Sentence$81957%21$410$48,5947Music Box Films
54For No Good Reason$714151%21$357$66,31115Sony Pictures Classics
55Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$709-49%2-2$355$73,7116Magnolia Pictures
56Night Moves$4814%20$241$252,90310Cinedigm
57A Long Way Off$403-34%10$403$29,7779Moving Visions Entertainment
58Accident (2014 re-issue)$378--1--$378$17,16111Rialto Pictures
59As It Is in Heaven (2014)$340-87%10$340$9,7854Embark Visuals
60Bicycling with Molière$207--1--$207$59,62415Strand Releasing
61Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$197--1--$197$63,06225Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
62For a Woman$126--1--$126$32,28614Film Movement