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 Sun, Sep. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,599,0884%2,84365$1,969$118,985,1764Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$3,618,945-1%1,826--$1,982$11,810,9131Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,110,5206%3,193-153$974$160,139,9885Fox
4Apollo 18$2,848,814-5%3,328--$856$8,704,2711Weinstein Company
5Colombiana$2,729,066-1%2,6140$1,044$22,025,3222Sony / TriStar
6Shark Night 3D$2,602,845-13%2,806--$928$8,404,2601Relativity Media
7Our Idiot Brother$2,101,07210%2,5550$822$15,686,2282Weinstein Company
8Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,879,2030%3,007-298$625$29,216,5893Weinstein Company
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,798,040-7%2,78020$647$16,635,4572FilmDistrict
10The Smurfs$1,617,1462%2,706-155$598$132,052,0906Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,240,6014%1,450-127$856$74,510,1126Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,008,56812%1,092-236$924$374,623,5848Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$758,4776%1,050-374$722$171,627,5417Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$734,8855%1,185-374$620$96,259,5656Universal
1530 Minutes or Less$700,2548%1,355-716$517$35,016,1914Sony / Columbia
16Conan the Barbarian (2011)$672,24126%1,722-1293$390$19,794,7333Lionsgate
17Final Destination 5$539,121-7%1,226-859$440$40,543,4874Warner Bros. / New Line
18Cars 2$508,19110%2,043--$249$188,686,31711Disney
19One Day$483,134-1%1,187-538$407$12,306,3153Focus
20Fright Night (2011)$464,830-5%1,468-1646$317$17,064,3583Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$470,07810%561--$838$1,316,9101Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$296,4508%539-365$550$35,791,5605Universal
3Horrible Bosses$267,8066%422-43$635$114,852,6849Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$267,681-9%401176$668$78,013,7399Sony / Columbia
5Saving Private Perez$239,5736%161--$1,488$664,5171Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Sarah's Key$231,816-6%31947$727$5,046,7507Weinstein Company
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$230,1153%424-94$543$350,348,22510Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bad Teacher$171,848-5%986911$174$98,777,57611Sony / Columbia
9Kung Fu Panda 2$129,717-3%305111$425$164,694,85915Paramount / DreamWorks
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$117,4510%25213$466$67,426,37712Fox
11Super 8$101,930-2%240-2$425$126,451,88713Paramount
12Bridesmaids$100,095-2%220-2$455$168,452,53017Universal
13Friends With Benefits$76,38612%161-53$474$55,539,8437Sony / Screen Gems
14Green Lantern (2011)$70,974-5%185-37$384$116,252,73212Warner Bros.
15X-Men: First Class$43,18414%101-9$428$146,277,35014Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$319,2812%88--$3,628$1,174,1891Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$91,11316%490$1,859$12,467,24122Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$33,0892%6636$501$835,6186Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$32,51512%86-11$378$12,988,67215Fox Searchlight
5The Hangover Part II$29,75310%90-38$331$254,404,87215Warner Bros.
6Another Earth$23,1364%71-23$326$1,211,9367Fox Searchlight
7Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$20,311-3%64-159$317$11,810,9084Fox
8Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$19,4165%3--$6,472$52,6181Indomina Media
9The Devil's Double$16,5526%49-29$338$1,268,5816Lionsgate
10Beginners$13,085-5%34-16$385$5,764,84214Focus
11Circumstance$11,953-14%114$1,087$104,0762Roadside Attractions
12The Future$8,8607%17-5$521$439,4866Roadside Attractions
13Insidious$7,6183%4-3$1,905$54,008,44023FilmDistrict
14Monte Carlo$6,712-16%41-50$164$22,936,85210Fox
15Rio (2011)$4,6272%25-14$185$143,613,65121Fox
16Project Nim$3,997-3%15-1$266$361,8849Roadside Attractions
17In/Sight$2,730-26%23--$119$9,5711Check Entertainment
18Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,938-11%12-3$162$1,331,2428Fox Searchlight
19Redemption Road$1,232-16%10-16$123$25,8402Freestyle Releasing
20Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$901-17%1--$901$3,0541Argot Pictures
215 Days of War$767-17%32$256$15,1403Anchor Bay Films
22Everything Must Go$374120%41$94$2,710,21517Roadside Attractions
23Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$348-68%5--$70$243,56751Collective Eye
24The Music Never Stopped$232-7%1--$232$257,53525Roadside Attractions