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.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Sep. 25 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$7,631,97610%3,565--$2,141$14,545,1361Fox
2Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,891,58452%3,575--$1,928$11,411,0101Warner Bros.
3The Town$6,647,08333%2,88524$2,304$44,739,2002Warner Bros.
4Easy A$4,624,69328%2,8560$1,619$30,342,9472Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$3,572,31431%2,548--$1,402$6,306,3761Disney
6Devil$2,923,44038%2,8112$1,040$20,298,8902Universal
7Alpha and Omega$2,151,10997%2,6250$819$13,673,5272Lionsgate
8Resident Evil: Afterlife$2,138,20853%2,642-567$809$50,652,7873Sony / Screen Gems
9Takers$770,29359%1,413-726$545$54,517,2515Sony / Screen Gems
10The Other Guys$470,44059%1,047-780$449$116,740,4998Sony / Columbia
11The American$405,11449%1,315-1142$308$34,387,7964Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$565,76949%907-398$624$286,752,22311Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$293,08540%855-813$343$78,838,6327Sony / Columbia
3Machete$266,19042%682-1022$390$25,544,9564Fox
4Despicable Me$265,35081%610-329$435$245,343,85512Universal
5The Expendables$258,03357%852-1002$303$101,928,0277Lionsgate
6Nanny McPhee Returns$183,60092%765-813$240$28,111,1756Universal
7The Last Exorcism$163,59852%707-1306$231$40,699,8005Lionsgate
8The Virginity Hit$117,80314%700--$168$251,9043Sony / Columbia
9Dinner for Schmucks$112,33243%32310$348$72,469,9789Paramount / DreamWorks
10Grown Ups$107,50864%265-39$406$161,356,10914Sony / Columbia
11Going the Distance (2010)$107,33327%475-1532$226$17,482,2594Warner Bros. / New Line
12Vampires Suck$104,04571%415-549$251$36,122,0216Fox
13Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$89,06577%267-93$334$43,215,2379Warner Bros.
14Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$68,73537%233-150$295$31,316,8157Universal
15Salt$65,77949%186-149$354$117,189,14810Sony / Columbia
16The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$54,96153%224-115$245$300,265,32913Summit
17Ramona and Beezus$50,66579%191-69$265$25,837,92210Fox
18The Kids Are All Right$38,13562%107-62$356$20,631,73812Focus
19Flipped$36,43947%106-269$344$1,690,6428Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$176,59420%5745$3,098$682,8692Universal / Rogue
2Never Let Me Go$103,02652%2622$3,963$367,5622Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$70,00470%61-2$1,148$15,869,23228Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Waiting for 'Superman'$48,603-8%4--$12,151$101,2551Paramount Vantage
5Buried$36,505-1%11--$3,319$73,4821Lionsgate
6Jack Goes Boating$34,34866%3733$928$96,6942Relativity / Overture
7Winter's Bone$24,03649%79-22$304$6,033,44716Roadside Attractions
8The Tillman Story$18,02571%27-1$668$575,4116Weinstein Company
9Under the Sea 3D$17,721163%182$985$24,266,95885Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Piranha 3D$16,36042%66-198$248$24,812,8506Weinstein Company
11Avatar$15,36750%29-100$530$760,229,30841Fox
12Bran Nue Dae$13,900137%5538$253$78,9493Freestyle Releasing
13Knight and Day$11,66819%45-19$259$76,397,47714Fox
14We Are Family$10,576113%24-54$441$625,9544UTV Communications
15The Concert$10,50755%18-2$584$571,40210Weinstein Company
16Cyrus$3,16730%14-5$226$7,434,43815Fox Searchlight
17The Romantics$2,74566%6-8$458$101,6353Four of a Kind
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,72914%10$1,729$17,1682Collective Eye
19Solitary Man$99024%6-1$165$4,357,15319Anchor Bay
20La Soga$851-3%2-2$426$209,96777-57 Releasing
21The Disappearance of Alice Creed$59458%2-1$297$157,7838Anchor Bay
22Princess Kaiulani$174--1-1$174$883,62820Roadside Attractions