'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. 15 - Sun, Aug. 17

Wide (1000+)

1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$28,523,147-57%3,980135$7,167$117,765,3832Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$25,115,564-40%3,697-391$6,793$222,661,3853Disney
3Let's Be Cops$17,813,722--3,094--$5,758$26,220,9861Fox
4The Expendables 3$15,879,645--3,221--$4,930$15,879,6451Lionsgate
5The Giver$12,305,016--3,003--$4,098$12,305,0161Weinstein Company
6Into the Storm$7,892,239-55%3,4340$2,298$31,513,6752Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hundred-Foot Journey$7,176,092-35%2,04320$3,513$23,686,2232Disney / DreamWorks
9Step Up All In$2,659,026-59%2,0720$1,283$11,808,3602Lionsgate / Summit
10Hercules (2014)$2,127,874-63%1,475-1421$1,443$68,169,0964Paramount
11Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,984,776-54%1,262-1044$1,573$201,897,1366Fox
12Get On Up$1,949,295-62%1,101-1368$1,770$27,049,9503Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Boyhood$1,992,4481%771265$2,584$13,642,9106IFC Films
2Magic in the Moonlight$1,786,150134%964794$1,853$4,616,6064Sony Pictures Classics
3A Most Wanted Man$1,256,384-43%644-157$1,951$12,645,0624Roadside Attractions
4Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,027,609-58%960-1320$1,070$55,723,3685Disney
5What If$854,364538%787767$1,086$1,060,2192CBS Films
6Singham Returns$654,045--127--$5,150$654,0451Eros International
7The Purge: Anarchy$632,910-72%575-1027$1,101$70,127,2905Universal
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$579,545-16%377-149$1,537$171,242,13810Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Calvary$405,37560%13086$3,118$895,4113Fox Searchlight
11And So It Goes$334,886-72%362-749$925$14,326,3134Clarius Entertainment
12Sex Tape$326,293-71%317-627$1,029$37,765,6735Sony / Columbia
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$240,761-14%223-4$1,080$232,480,81413Fox
1422 Jump Street$236,932-33%172-141$1,378$189,947,03210Sony / Columbia
15Edge of Tomorrow$217,715-34%261-4$834$99,698,91411Warner Bros.
16Tammy$211,083-58%276-274$765$83,139,8177Warner Bros. / New Line
17Transformers: Age of Extinction$205,529-64%206-374$998$243,342,4598Paramount
18The Fault in Our Stars$189,731-6%206-17$921$124,186,89111Fox
19Chef$169,375-47%122-120$1,388$29,297,19615Open Road
20Earth to Echo$90,592-39%154-63$588$37,671,0967Relativity Media
21Godzilla (2014)$80,587-40%118-60$683$200,587,13214Warner Bros.
22Blended$68,982-34%111-33$621$46,211,79513Warner Bros.
23Rio 2$68,309-43%128-38$534$131,415,73719Fox
24Neighbors (2014)$64,695-29%106-33$610$150,056,50515Universal
25Jersey Boys$64,111-44%115-35$557$46,624,1199Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Admiral: Roaring Currents$562,234993%3029$18,741$686,9022CJ Entertainment
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$151,7537%410$3,701$6,125,60220Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Yves Saint Laurent$105,9821894%1812$5,888$386,6198Weinstein Company
4The Trip to Italy$71,712--3--$23,904$71,7121IFC Films
5Think Like a Man Too$70,125213%9362$754$65,182,1829Sony / Screen Gems
6Journey to the South Pacific$57,01211%180$3,167$4,397,13838IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Begin Again$55,807-69%62-183$900$14,455,8308Weinstein Company
8Hubble 3D$52,573-18%10-1$5,257$45,731,206231Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Land Ho!$46,865232%3119$1,512$253,3806Sony Pictures Classics
11The Fluffy Movie$41,046-57%51-105$805$2,786,0304Open Road
12Captain America: The Winter Soldier$38,058-66%65-40$586$259,746,95820Disney
13The Amazing Spider-Man 2$36,868-36%77-27$479$202,853,93316Sony / Columbia
14Wish I Was Here$31,033-67%54-148$575$3,538,6125Focus
15Mood Indigo$24,331-8%25-10$973$221,9245Drafthouse Films
16The Grand Seduction$24,295-3%25-8$972$3,328,36912eOne Films US
17Obvious Child$22,988-39%21-14$1,095$3,014,73611A24
18Kick$21,266-78%16-58$1,329$2,461,0314UTV Motion Pictures
19A Five Star Life$20,861-9%142$1,490$150,3425Music Box Films
20Jerusalem 3D$19,241-9%11-2$1,749$4,962,43048National Geographic
21America (2014)$19,177-71%62-59$309$14,375,8838Lionsgate
22Million Dollar Arm$17,901-58%35-31$511$36,447,95914Disney
23Frank$16,056--1--$16,056$16,0561Magnolia Pictures
24Life After Beth$15,843--2--$7,922$15,8431A24
25Ida (2014)$11,828-49%16-13$739$3,623,38716Music Box Films
26Belle$10,844-35%23-5$471$10,707,93016Fox Searchlight
27Under the Sea 3D$10,77617%6-1$1,796$34,271,691288Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Mr. Peabody & Sherman$9,442-41%24-12$393$111,463,22724Fox / DreamWorks Animation
29Third Person$9,34519%102$935$914,2189Sony Pictures Classics
30Abuse of Weakness$9,140--1--$9,140$9,1401Strand Releasing
31The Grand Budapest Hotel$7,8718%9-7$875$59,065,24324Fox Searchlight
32Life Itself$7,622-36%22-8$346$758,3737Magnolia Pictures
33Born to Be Wild 3D$7,372-17%5-1$1,474$23,521,920176Warner Bros. / IMAX
34The Dog$7,036-43%1613$440$26,0272Drafthouse Films
35Words and Pictures$6,99315%153$466$2,166,20613Roadside Attractions
36NightLights$6,982--2--$3,491$6,9821Indican Pictures
3750 to 1$6,585-6%3-1$2,195$871,40922Ten Furlongs
38Jealousy$5,533--1--$5,533$5,5331Distrib Films
39Red Hollywood$4,760--1--$4,760$4,7601Cinema Guild
40Le Chef$4,318-61%6-7$720$342,6679Cohen Media Group
41The Rover$4,221-15%50$844$1,109,19910A24
42Fort McCoy$4,070--2--$2,035$4,0701Monterey Media
43A Master Builder$3,68285%42$921$31,4654Abramorama
44The LEGO Movie$3,289-23%15-2$219$257,743,82028Warner Bros.
45The Last Sentence$3,163-27%30$1,054$58,7999Music Box Films
46Only Lovers Left Alive$3,078-38%3-2$1,026$1,860,31419Sony Pictures Classics
47I Origins$2,894-91%13-75$223$334,6585Fox Searchlight
48Fifi Howls from Happiness$2,332-15%21$1,166$8,5862Music Box Films
49The Lunchbox$2,317-28%50$463$4,215,92025Sony Pictures Classics
50Fed Up$2,002685%53$400$1,537,38715RADiUS-TWC
51Jake Squared$1,681--10--$168$1,6811Freestyle Releasing
52We Are the Best!$1,3551029%32$452$176,12112Magnolia Pictures
53Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$1,219-29%10$1,219$65,99427Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
54A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$1,211-75%3-4$404$149,0239Big World Pictures
55Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$487-30%2-1$244$212,70111RADiUS-TWC
56To the Arctic 3D$471-80%30$157$14,165,869122Warner Bros. / IMAX
57The Girl on the Train (2014)$384--2--$192$1,2617Monterey Media
58Norte, the End of History$342--1--$342$5,6679Cinema Guild
59Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$299-74%2-2$150$75,6448Magnolia Pictures
60Happy Christmas$266-90%1-7$266$26,7964Magnolia Pictures
61Redwood Highway$146-48%1-1$146$131,69819Monterey Media
62The Double (2014)$97-89%2-2$49$200,26815Magnolia Pictures
63What Now? Remind Me$26-98%10$26$3,1152Cinema Guild