Grosses

'American Sniper' Surpasses $200M Mark After Dominating with $64.6M; 'The Boy Next Door' Debuts with Solid $14.9MJanuary 26, 2015 01:04 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's American Sniper continued to absolutely dominate the box office this weekend with a first place take of $64.37 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 $14.91 million. Universal's low-budget thriller starring Jennifer Lopez performed towards 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 22 percent ahead of the $12.20 million start of 2010's The Back-Up Plan (which also starred Lopez) and debuted 13 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 $5.50 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 place with $4.20 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 $12.27 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 has grossed a very solid $39.94 million in ten days. That places the film just below 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 $11.31 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad was down a respectable 45 percent from last weekend. The Wedding Ringer has grossed $39.39 million in ten days, which is on the lower end of expectations. The film is now running 3 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 $7.41 million. The third installment of the Liam Neeson led franchise was down a significant 50 percent from last weekend. Taken 3 has grossed $75.86 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 claimed sixth and eighth place with estimated takes of $6.95 million and $5.42 million. With aid from expanding into an additional 414 locations, The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game was up a strong 2 percent over last weekend. Paramount's Selma fell 38 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 $60.45 million for The Imitation Game and at $39.14 million for Selma.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, May. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$25,481,796--3,955--$6,443$25,481,7961Paramount
2Fast Five$10,638,110158%3,66218$2,905$117,972,0752Universal
3Something Borrowed$4,792,585--2,904--$1,650$4,792,5851Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$4,157,470--2,035--$2,043$4,157,4701Sony / TriStar
5Rio (2011)$1,958,977234%3,258-450$601$108,661,0454Fox
6Water for Elephants$1,657,108110%2,614-206$634$37,670,7253Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$1,009,893130%1,881-407$537$43,916,2253Lionsgate
8Prom$804,645469%2,7300$295$6,180,0902Disney
9Soul Surfer$593,806233%1,781-229$333$35,172,9275Sony / TriStar
10Insidious$481,514219%1,001-583$481$49,461,7696FilmDistrict
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$433,103168%2,5050$173$5,266,7172Weinstein Company
12African Cats$280,896-19%1,035-189$271$12,110,6173Disneynature
13Scream 4$256,07969%1,333-888$192$36,475,1694Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$357,40787%930-715$384$50,057,5556Summit
2Hanna$239,20021%748-821$320$37,037,2985Focus
3The Conspirator$160,33760%457-240$351$9,334,9904Roadside Attractions
4Limitless$150,36857%379-459$397$76,670,1278Relativity Media
5Rango$146,1081007%2770$527$120,137,96710Paramount
6The Lincoln Lawyer$124,31382%440-279$283$55,207,0618Lionsgate
7Win Win$121,690149%268-34$454$7,944,2218Fox Searchlight
8HOP$117,2607%902-2274$130$105,979,4456Universal
9Jane Eyre (2011)$105,72251%248-46$426$9,112,3339Focus
10The Adjustment Bureau$89,225279%215-62$415$61,864,90510Universal
11Paul$67,320329%204-20$330$37,079,7458Universal
12Arthur (2011)$67,161-12%355-896$189$32,094,0855Warner Bros.
13Your Highness$58,23593%164-238$355$21,301,0055Universal
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$57,874239%339-164$171$51,127,2297Fox
15Battle: Los Angeles$54,292--229127$237$82,870,3019Sony / Columbia
16Sucker Punch$28,465345%210136$136$36,117,6557Warner Bros.
17Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$27,995-52%464-411$60$1,039,4952Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
18Just Go With It$25,183--133-66$189$102,879,20513Sony / Columbia
19Red Riding Hood$24,032136%156-53$154$37,464,0509Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$89,78936%59-10$1,522$4,052,2525Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$33,84833%320$1,058$24,568,45060Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Beaver$29,866--22--$1,358$29,8661Summit
4The King's Speech$16,61221%90-95$185$138,606,53924Weinstein Company
5Beastly$12,22140%76-50$161$27,783,26510CBS Films
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$10,265123%57-52$180$72,974,73513Paramount
7Hall Pass$9,56451%67-49$143$45,023,04011Warner Bros. / New Line
8Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$8,732255%52-17$168$37,834,73812Fox
9Kill the Irishman$6,89264%23-7$300$1,089,4349Anchor Bay Films
10Unknown (2011)$6,41845%49-52$131$63,664,48112Warner Bros.
11Dum Maaro Dum$6,2993%33-60$191$515,6533Fox Searchlight
12Cedar Rapids$6,076227%22-4$276$6,812,69613Fox Searchlight
13The Company Men$3,282172%3520$94$4,421,76316Weinstein Company
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,99413%21-24$143$1,289,1135Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Biutiful$1,832-13%16-6$115$5,066,56919Roadside Attractions
16Miral$93820%5-5$188$364,2237Weinstein Company
17Passion Play$619--2--$310$6191Image Entertainment
18Sympathy For Delicious$437-16%20$219$12,1702Maya Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$427477%73$61$235,4638Roadside Attractions
20Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$355--4--$89$142,05934Collective Eye