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, Sep. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$1,655,322-67%3,222--$514$24,058,9181Warner Bros.
2The Help$751,822-68%2,93592$256$138,079,6225Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$446,358-67%1,869--$239$5,688,4651Lionsgate
4The Debt$359,677-69%1,87650$192$22,227,3532Focus
5Colombiana$308,607-69%2,354-260$131$30,034,8953Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$257,705-73%2,887-306$89$168,104,8216Fox
7Our Idiot Brother$231,464-62%2,396-159$97$21,541,0113Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$196,378-75%2,84842$69$14,868,9702Relativity Media
9Apollo 18$192,661-71%3,3302$58$15,131,9642Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$155,216-69%2,251-529$69$21,155,8203FilmDistrict
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$151,354-70%1,310-140$116$78,568,8027Warner Bros.
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$131,028-62%1,500--$87$1,546,0511Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$75,202-87%1,977-729$38$136,084,4797Sony / Columbia
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$64,178-92%2,544-463$25$34,287,1964Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$86,245-70%810-282$106$377,190,9299Warner Bros.
2Cowboys & Aliens$64,400-70%920-265$70$98,106,2217Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$60,731-71%804-246$76$173,520,3948Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$59,688-63%555-6$108$2,809,5442Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$57,341-59%50381$114$115,853,16410Warner Bros. / New Line
630 Minutes or Less$45,526-63%646-709$70$36,517,8805Sony / Columbia
7Final Destination 5$37,980-70%655-571$58$41,794,4535Warner Bros. / New Line
8Sarah's Key$36,502-66%306-13$119$5,888,9278Weinstein Company
9One Day$35,754-63%492-695$73$13,472,7454Focus
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$33,268-61%551-1171$60$20,954,1504Lionsgate
11The Change-Up$28,005-63%374-165$75$36,513,3306Universal
12Saving Private Perez$18,018-80%1654$109$1,193,3922Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Bridesmaids$13,790-61%197-23$70$168,762,37518Universal
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$13,668-70%177-247$77$350,813,74511Paramount / DreamWorks
15Super 8$11,510-69%203-37$57$126,740,21914Paramount
16Green Lantern (2011)$7,452-76%155-30$48$116,471,57713Warner Bros.
17Kung Fu Panda 2$7,227-80%164-141$44$165,008,83616Paramount / DreamWorks
18Mr. Popper's Penguins$6,914-84%2520$27$67,708,42013Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$143,576-62%98--$1,465$2,051,9961CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$8,997-72%490$184$12,691,09623Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$7,087-51%51-15$139$956,3047Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$5,872-63%62-24$95$13,096,39316Fox Searchlight
5Circumstance$5,248-68%2312$228$187,3623Roadside Attractions
6Monte Carlo$5,200-81%6928$75$23,053,00211Fox
7X-Men: First Class$3,768-61%67-34$56$146,361,94315Fox
8Another Earth$3,023-58%41-30$74$1,276,9618Fox Searchlight
9The Devil's Double$2,638-58%33-16$80$1,323,7607Lionsgate
10The Future$2,433-57%0-17--$478,3847Roadside Attractions
11The Hangover Part II$1,943-62%60-30$32$254,457,92916Warner Bros.
12Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,896-72%30$632$104,4812Indomina Media
13Project Nim$646-52%11-4$59$374,59010Roadside Attractions
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$618-28%8-4$77$1,338,5379Fox Searchlight
15Tanner Hall$443-39%5--$89$3,2461Anchor Bay Films
16Everything Must Go$146-13%40$37$2,711,35618Roadside Attractions
175 Days of War$65-31%1-2$65$17,3084Anchor Bay Films
18The Music Never Stopped$16-90%10$16$258,09326Roadside Attractions