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 Thu, Oct. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$885,586-7%2,9930$296$41,753,1782Sony / Columbia
250/50$742,908-2%2,458--$302$11,830,3721Summit
3Dolphin Tale$678,4744%3,5158$193$39,909,6452Warner Bros.
4Courageous$561,24720%1,161--$483$11,292,1561Sony / TriStar
5The Lion King 3D$501,6340%2,34010$214$81,409,9893Disney
6Killer Elite$437,180-3%2,9860$146$19,445,5672Open Road
7What's Your Number?$414,962-2%3,002--$138$7,256,0181Fox
8Dream House$412,3550%2,661--$155$9,991,9651Universal
9Contagion$366,1571%2,744-392$133$66,084,2214Warner Bros.
10The Help$349,0575%2,505541$139$160,707,3158Disney / DreamWorks
11Abduction$320,2634%3,1180$103$20,469,1422Lionsgate
12Drive (2011)$305,9071%1,974-930$155$28,265,3223FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Debt$56,585-10%603-464$94$30,315,8375Focus
2Laugh at My Pain$49,5194%274-13$181$6,461,9374CodeBlack Entertainment
3Warrior (2011)$45,4709%707-704$64$13,257,1014Lionsgate
4I Don't Know How She Does It$45,1989%745-1745$61$9,386,3653Weinstein Company
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$41,3855%405-270$102$82,918,67310Warner Bros.
6Captain America: The First Avenger$41,0897%35016$117$175,494,10011Paramount
7Rise of the Planet of the Apes$40,8334%591-587$69$174,641,9129Fox
8Straw Dogs (2011)$40,6604%874-1534$47$10,236,8473Sony / Screen Gems
9Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$26,96611%252-68$107$379,344,88612Warner Bros.
10Cowboys & Aliens$18,2508%241-104$76$99,621,38110Universal
11Horrible Bosses$15,533-3%222-91$70$117,287,04813Warner Bros. / New Line
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$15,3365%710-497$22$37,604,6447Weinstein Company
13Sarah's Key$14,7995%139-12$106$6,824,22311Weinstein Company
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$13,4353%208-43$65$352,275,87814Paramount / DreamWorks
15Seven Days in Utopia$10,29011%135--$76$4,236,1535Visio Entertainment
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$10,239-11%216-208$47$23,749,8556FilmDistrict
17Shark Night 3D$9,79911%292-345$34$18,529,7005Relativity Media
18Our Idiot Brother$6,431-1%136-275$47$24,629,5506Weinstein Company
19Final Destination 5$6,34016%144-110$44$42,545,1198Warner Bros. / New Line
20Conan the Barbarian (2011)$5,8591%11559$51$21,295,0217Lionsgate
21Apollo 18$4,150-8%114-225$36$17,503,0435Weinstein Company
22Mr. Popper's Penguins$4,08945%103-50$40$68,145,16216Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$14,0678%490$287$13,232,10426Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$8,685-8%3329$263$178,6322Relativity Media
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$6,00912%34-14$177$376,9415Indomina Media
4Circumstance$2,94016%23-6$128$355,8006Roadside Attractions
5Thunder Soul$1,25728%13-22$97$86,2112Roadside Attractions
6Margaret$1,1886%2--$594$11,8211Fox Searchlight
7The Future$1,173-21%16-11$73$540,85410Roadside Attractions
8Muran$55532%10--$56$19,7951UTV Communications
9Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$276-56%9--$31$11,3141UTV Communications
10Project Nim$203-33%7-11$29$398,75113Roadside Attractions
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$67--1--$67$244,22755Collective Eye