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 Thu, Mar. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$1,610,2221%2,756--$584$26,055,9821Relativity Media
2The Lincoln Lawyer$1,077,390-2%2,707--$398$17,967,1831Lionsgate
3Rango$1,045,7957%3,843-80$272$96,563,1653Paramount
4Battle: Los Angeles$1,000,6770%3,4170$293$64,979,5442Sony / Columbia
5Paul$937,4503%2,802--$335$17,104,1701Universal
6Red Riding Hood$544,1087%3,0300$180$28,113,4572Warner Bros.
7The Adjustment Bureau$477,4953%2,660-187$180$50,626,0703Universal
8Mars Needs Moms$408,2349%3,1170$131$16,966,2132Disney
9Hall Pass$251,046-1%1,905-650$132$40,618,1104Warner Bros. / New Line
10Beastly$236,34114%1,810-149$131$23,128,5733CBS Films
11The King's Speech$209,1417%1,249-519$167$133,293,61117Weinstein Company
12Gnomeo and Juliet$208,74713%1,748-837$119$94,362,5346Disney
13Just Go With It$201,78610%1,708-690$118$98,740,8216Sony / Columbia
14Unknown (2011)$122,4444%1,401-902$87$61,593,2255Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Number Four$98,18411%955-1050$103$52,990,6255Disney / DreamWorks
2Cedar Rapids$58,322-2%46268$126$5,714,7506Fox Searchlight
3Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$34,4269%480-767$72$72,342,8566Paramount
4Yogi Bear$34,42416%43834$79$99,549,37514Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$32,2879%550-381$59$36,549,2265Fox
6True Grit (2010)$24,7018%268-133$92$169,876,61013Paramount
7The Fighter$23,4691%316-147$74$93,461,48515Paramount
8Black Swan$22,4956%191-146$118$106,394,06916Fox Searchlight
9No Strings Attached$21,0033%232-22$91$70,341,5289Paramount
10Take Me Home Tonight$16,552-7%281-1722$59$6,773,4293Relativity Media
11The Rite$12,1856%202117$60$32,907,1718Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$51,3424%2622$1,975$915,5332Focus
2Hubble 3D$43,04621%490$878$22,973,93653Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$14,894-3%5--$2,979$207,9161Fox Searchlight
4I Love You Phillip Morris$14,32131%11-1$1,302$2,003,70116Roadside Attractions
5Biutiful$14,32131%88-26$163$4,751,26712Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$8,12910%94-28$86$294,856,40918Warner Bros.
7Kill the Irishman$7,376-41%2116$351$379,6182Anchor Bay Films
8The Mechanic$6,8829%9957$70$29,026,2928CBS Films
9The Music Never Stopped$6,294-5%32--$197$101,8481Roadside Attractions
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$6,27326%82-41$77$104,247,47415Fox
11The Eagle$5,7454%92-7$62$19,388,7486Focus
12Drive Angry$5,6729%95-456$60$10,530,6764Summit
13The Company Men$4,92026%58-5$85$4,228,2469Weinstein Company
14Blue Valentine (2010)$4,7991%43-17$112$9,597,51312Weinstein Company
15127 Hours$3,21349%32-47$100$18,292,81420Fox Searchlight
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,65724%43-56$62$42,714,64513Fox
17happythankyoumoreplease$2,397-14%12-7$200$147,6983Anchor Bay Films
18Rabbit Hole$1,285-48%29-9$44$2,193,64214Lionsgate
19Nostalgia for the Light$1,23626%1--$1,236$15,8241Icarus Films
20Season of the Witch$9704%31-23$31$24,827,22811Relativity Media
21From Prada to Nada$776-2%27-6$29$2,974,6938Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$564-16%50$113$83,8396Phase 4 Films