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 Mon, Jul. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$18,033,185-41%4,088--$4,411$180,651,3971Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$5,356,308-39%4,1150$1,302$122,560,3102Disney
3Larry Crowne$3,002,730-30%2,973--$1,010$16,098,7951Universal
4Bad Teacher$2,754,942-44%3,0490$904$62,707,5052Sony / Columbia
5Super 8$1,604,911-42%3,088-336$520$110,070,1564Paramount
6Green Lantern (2011)$1,371,564-39%3,280-536$418$103,616,4603Warner Bros.
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,164,984-40%2,861-481$407$51,727,6623Fox
8Monte Carlo$1,134,374-41%2,473--$459$8,588,3181Fox
9Bridesmaids$708,390-45%1,389-642$510$153,728,8808Universal
10X-Men: First Class$666,710-36%1,602-1031$416$139,329,3555Fox
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$438,564-41%1,473-771$298$234,176,9657Disney
12Kung Fu Panda 2$421,907-30%1,281-1246$329$157,281,3966Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Hangover Part II$407,657-51%1,568-1187$260$248,651,2726Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$802,415--858--$935$34,582,4547Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$238,816-42%22813$1,047$7,810,5926Fox Searchlight
3Beginners$142,359-39%10835$1,318$2,506,9365Focus
4Buck$120,453--131--$919$1,131,8313IFC Films
5Rio (2011)$95,573-30%308-36$310$140,575,08212Fox
6Thor$70,517-38%270-134$261$177,988,1009Paramount
7Fast Five$58,890-47%302-156$195$208,362,55010Universal
8Soul Surfer$38,711-18%205--$189$43,439,16213Sony / TriStar
9Water for Elephants$35,244-35%234-58$151$58,061,51111Fox
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$29,358-34%221-670$133$13,966,3454Relativity Media
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$24,712-32%14094$177$53,035,90211Lionsgate
12The Lincoln Lawyer$20,591-30%138-51$149$57,806,71416Lionsgate
13Something Borrowed$19,612-36%191-112$103$38,696,8859Warner Bros.
14Rango$18,962-35%117-39$162$123,207,19418Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$119,881-42%89--$1,347$701,8241UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$57,447-32%470$1,222$8,257,30313Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Trip (2011)$37,147--40--$929$801,7824IFC Films
4Hubble 3D$32,769-19%330$993$26,330,26768Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Page One: Inside the New York Times$30,796--38--$810$269,4203Magnolia Pictures
6Cave of Forgotten Dreams$25,820--60--$430$4,659,51210IFC Films
7A Better Life$23,256-37%117$2,114$204,6822Summit
8Incendies$13,309--42--$317$6,544,70611Sony Pictures Classics
9Terri$13,154--6--$2,192$78,2571IDP/ATO Pictures
10Double Dhamaal$12,716-60%41--$310$490,5392Reliance Big Pictures
11The Names of Love$8,627--8--$1,078$79,9052Music Box Films
12The Double Hour$8,542--25--$342$1,308,10812IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
13Source Code$8,156-31%66-40$124$54,649,14314Summit
14Insidious$8,000-46%70-4$114$53,620,26314FilmDistrict
15Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$7,197--17--$423$190,6202Abramorama
16Trollhunter$7,135--21--$340$111,6144Magnolia / Magnet
17Queen to Play$6,856--10--$686$378,95714Zeitgeist Films
18Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$6,554-35%68-46$96$10,063,27010Weinstein Company
19Bride Flight$6,510--18--$362$238,1254Music Box Films
20Beginning of the Great Revival$6,499--23--$283$132,3782China Lion Film
21Submarine$5,566-46%20-6$278$347,5905Weinstein Company
22In a Better World$5,143--28--$184$905,54014Sony Pictures Classics
23African Cats$4,771--30--$159$15,383,68711Disneynature
24Limitless$4,545-41%55-30$83$79,235,46816Relativity Media
25Bill Cunningham New York$4,208--11--$383$1,373,73516Zeitgeist Films
26Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,774--2--$1,887$55,0322Abramorama
27Hanna$3,741-35%34-25$110$40,247,51213Focus
2813 Assassins$3,714--22--$169$746,12710Magnolia / Magnet
29Jane Eyre (2011)$2,913-40%26-25$112$11,213,16117Focus
30Summer (2011 re-issue)$2,903--1--$2,903$20,1874The Film Desk
31Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,616-27%31-27$84$52,673,97915Fox
32Turtle: The Incredible Journey$2,430--16--$152$138,4112Hannover House
33The Conspirator$2,1698%15--$145$11,503,70212Roadside Attractions
34Love Etc.$2,059--2--$1,030$10,8401Paladin
35Win Win$2,021-56%18-14$112$10,145,70716Fox Searchlight
36The Perfect Host$1,883--2--$942$9,3881Magnolia Pictures
37Meek's Cutoff$1,434--15--$96$895,70513Oscilloscope
38The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$1,263--2--$632$19,4992Rialto Pictures
39Rejoice and Shout$1,155--6--$193$56,8945Magnolia Pictures
40The First Grader$1,112--7--$159$326,8038National Geographic
41I Am (2011)$1,104--7--$158$1,571,35520Paladin
42Winter in Wartime$970--4--$243$527,23116Sony Pictures Classics
43Crime After Crime$915--1--$915$4,1301mTuckman Media
44Everything Must Go$833-71%19-14$44$2,649,3458Roadside Attractions
45The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$814--2--$407$138,20414Lorber Films
46Leap Year (2011)$644--2--$322$7,6112Strand Releasing
47Aurora$613--1--$613$3,6161Cinema Guild
48Road to Nowhere$578--4--$145$25,5794Monterey Media
4935 and Ticking$571-25%21$286$79,4877Image Entertainment
50Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$525--1--$525$255,37326First Run Features
51The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$501-36%1--$501$19,1388Argot Pictures
52Viva Riva!$480--5--$96$39,3114Music Box Films
53Beautiful Boy$472-45%40$118$69,4555Anchor Bay Films
54Hobo with a Shotgun$446--10--$45$684,9509Magnolia / Magnet
55The Art of Getting By$418-18%7-300$60$1,426,2573Fox Searchlight
56If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$411--2--$206$22,5402Oscilloscope
57My Perestroika$332--4--$83$235,50915International Film Circuit
58Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$283--1--$283$28,6958First Run Features
59City of Life and Death$208--3--$69$81,9488Kino International
60Of Gods and Men$202--4--$51$3,959,02919Sony Pictures Classics
61Small Town Murder Songs$197--2--$99$21,3976Monterey Media
62The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$132--3--$44$624,67911Sony Pictures Classics
63The Music Never Stopped$124-36%53$25$250,99416Roadside Attractions
64How To Live Forever$99--1--$99$37,7448Variance Films
65Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$45--1--$45$11,9688Strand Releasing
66Korkoro$32--1--$32$8,17915Lorber Films