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, Feb. 17 - Mon, Feb. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$27,542,825-31%3,1212$8,825$81,812,4402Universal
2The Vow$26,640,786-35%2,9580$9,006$88,567,6232Sony / Screen Gems
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$25,934,109-5%3,50030$7,410$59,050,4512Warner Bros. / New Line
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$25,470,773--3,174--$8,025$25,470,7731Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$20,006,912--3,189--$6,274$21,616,7171Fox
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$9,920,675-56%2,6550$3,737$35,793,9102Fox
7Chronicle$9,164,061-24%2,556-352$3,585$52,643,4873Fox
8The Secret World of Arrietty$8,684,864--1,522--$5,706$8,684,8641Disney
9The Woman in Black$7,794,176-23%2,559-297$3,046$46,404,7943CBS Films
10The Grey$3,717,234-26%2,107-694$1,764$48,610,2934Open Road
11The Descendants$3,489,6721%1,243-338$2,807$75,572,44214Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$3,162,190-20%1,634-499$1,935$17,605,6853Universal
13Red Tails$1,769,318-27%1,009-571$1,754$47,885,8545Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,971,45333%8080$3,678$28,070,41213Weinstein Company
2Hugo$2,201,23925%558-144$3,945$67,287,36313Paramount
3Underworld Awakening$1,350,106-46%826-831$1,635$61,593,9075Sony / Screen Gems
4The Iron Lady$1,296,47412%623111$2,081$24,656,2608Weinstein Company
5One For the Money$929,511-60%933-1123$996$25,605,7204Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$771,146-48%577-798$1,336$30,774,1239Warner Bros.
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$684,11528%400-102$1,710$129,872,61010Fox
8Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$669,147103%403138$1,660$185,386,50110Warner Bros.
9Contraband$634,185-50%420-661$1,510$65,860,2056Universal
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$598,6679%184-48$3,254$22,801,51411Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$591,538-16%275-194$2,151$207,404,96110Paramount
12The Adventures of Tintin$528,19955%30346$1,743$76,529,5159Paramount
132012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$444,4048%13818$3,220$1,059,8472Shorts International
14The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$411,219-17%189-80$2,176$101,431,0909Sony / Columbia
15Man on a Ledge$405,207-69%401-1022$1,010$18,451,1554Lionsgate
16We Bought a Zoo$386,3997%287-133$1,346$73,743,0209Fox
17War Horse$367,484-19%394-108$933$78,775,4509Disney / DreamWorks
18Beauty and the Beast 3D$356,618-58%214-464$1,666$47,104,4446Disney
19The Muppets$288,4936%269-22$1,072$88,148,49013Disney
20Joyful Noise$267,546-45%340-346$787$30,355,5056Warner Bros.
21Puss in Boots (2011)$263,02621%163-46$1,614$149,074,00217Paramount / DreamWorks
22My Week with Marilyn$249,29720%120-5$2,077$13,694,41413Weinstein Company
23Albert Nobbs$240,555-12%119-32$2,021$2,407,7454Roadside Attractions
24Jack and Jill$152,710-7%134-53$1,140$74,051,63615Sony / Columbia
25Happy Feet Two$130,414-30%135-67$966$63,859,63814Warner Bros.
26The Darkest Hour$98,6911334%11395$873$21,319,6969Summit
27The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$70,974-58%148-82$480$281,275,99114Lionsgate / Summit
28Agneepath$42,859-49%1320$325$1,981,6054Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$369,88039%549$6,850$2,086,6328Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$366,27242%7810$4,696$2,243,1009IFC Films
3Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$262,704-59%98-13$2,681$1,058,2372UTV Communications
4Thin Ice$217,444--53--$4,103$217,4441IDP/ATO Pictures
5Born to Be Wild 3D$202,56998%451$4,502$16,426,13446Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Dangerous Method$180,280-12%96-11$1,878$5,199,78313Sony Pictures Classics
7Rampart$155,571157%2823$5,556$239,9912Millennium Entertainment
8In Darkness$101,607271%1411$7,258$161,5702Sony Pictures Classics
9Haywire$84,365-59%79-184$1,068$18,766,1095Relativity Media
10We Need to Talk About Kevin$83,6260%160$5,227$617,21511Oscilloscope
11Love$83,178--7--$11,883$83,1781China Lion Film
12Shame$81,455-4%44-8$1,851$3,735,07512Fox Searchlight
13W.E.$65,90710%203$3,295$219,8373Weinstein Company
14Hubble 3D$62,13743%190$3,270$31,065,735101Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Coriolanus$48,72256%132$3,748$331,4725Weinstein Company
16Under the Sea 3D$46,463164%11-1$4,224$30,579,553158Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Undefeated$42,247--5--$8,449$42,2471Weinstein Company
18Bullhead$42,070--7--$6,010$42,0701Drafthouse Films
19Carnage (2011)$40,664-1%35-1$1,162$2,427,52310Sony Pictures Classics
20Chico & Rita$38,56387%54$7,713$68,1302GKIDS
21The Sitter$35,514-38%43-56$826$30,476,84011Fox
22Young Adult$28,822116%8752$331$16,295,03311Paramount
23Pariah (2011)$25,3509%130$1,950$692,6158Focus
24On the Ice$20,340--4--$5,085$20,3401PMK*BNC
25The Devil Inside$16,783-52%34-61$494$53,183,2267Paramount
26New Year's Eve$15,242-76%33-122$462$54,540,52511Warner Bros. / New Line
27The Help$12,83423%130$987$169,672,06128Disney / DreamWorks
28Midnight in Paris$12,606-28%16-8$788$56,556,23140Sony Pictures Classics
29The Women on the 6th Floor$12,38511%62$2,064$605,03820Strand Releasing
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$8,992-53%12-2$749$4,794,504933D Entertainment
31In the Land of Blood and Honey$8,915-20%8-2$1,114$286,7849FilmDistrict
32Le Havre$7,195--7--$1,028$577,11318Janus Films
33Death of the Virgin$6,860-20%2-1$3,430$18,8602Indican Pictures
34The Flowers of War$6,02883%3-3$2,009$219,8205Wrekin Hill Entertainment
35Immortals$5,725-69%29-4$197$83,503,16115Relativity Media
36An Inconsistent Truth$5,655-23%31$1,885$53,1094Rocky Mountain Pictures
37Declaration of War$5,627--7--$804$35,0814IFC Films
38The Turin Horse$4,694-49%21$2,347$19,0742Cinema Guild
39J. Edgar$4,478-67%11-31$407$37,304,95015Warner Bros.
40The Interrupters$4,209--2--$2,105$282,44830Cinema Guild
41Michael (2012)$4,178--1--$4,178$5,3581Strand Releasing
42The Way$3,932-47%5-2$786$4,422,69120Producers Distribution Agency
43The Innkeepers$3,702-49%7-6$529$75,1723Magnolia / Magnet
44Khodorkovsky$3,6274323%10$3,627$33,78112Kino Lorber
45Kung Fu Joe$3,4088%1-1$3,408$7,6942Indican Pictures
46The Viral Factor$3,214-61%40$804$212,5965China Lion Film
47Melancholia$3,127-66%5-3$625$3,023,55315Magnolia Pictures
48Young Goethe In Love$2,929-37%50$586$145,99516Music Box Films
49Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,762-34%20$1,381$63,2257Cinema Guild
50Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,724-44%2-1$1,362$863,38333International Film Circuit
51Vettai$2,518-23%1-1$2,518$202,5816UTV Communications
52How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$2,011--4--$503$12,7434First Run Features
53The Skin I Live In$1,87351%4-2$468$3,168,68219Sony Pictures Classics
54Putin's Kiss$1,858--1--$1,858$1,8581Kino Lorber
55Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$1,815--1--$1,815$48,71328Lorber Films
56Circus Columbia$1,648--1--$1,648$1,6481Strand Releasing
57Kill List$1,610-22%40$403$19,5483IFC Films
58Mozart's Sister$1,118--2--$559$706,62227Music Box Films
59Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,080468%21$540$287,28118Submarine Deluxe
60Sing Your Song$95644%1-1$956$32,0836S2BN Films
61The Whale$67724%10$677$69,94424Paladin
62Hell and Back Again$561--2--$281$38,09920Docurama Films
63Eames: The Architect and the Painter$518--1--$518$146,07914First Run Features
64Take Shelter$449-14%40$112$1,724,58821Sony Pictures Classics
65The Conquest$423-84%2-2$212$186,37215Music Box Films
66Man on a Mission$396--1--$396$8,5486First Run Features
67My Reincarnation$319-96%20$160$82,61817Long Shot Factory
68The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$262--1--$262$28,73924The Film Desk
69Crazy Wisdom$96-6%10$96$55,46513Alive Mind Cinema