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 Fri, Oct. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$26,305,745--3,321--$7,921$26,305,7451Paramount
2Footloose (2011)$3,509,954207%3,5556$987$23,522,9852Paramount
3Real Steel$3,105,491204%3,412-28$910$59,013,1313Disney / DreamWorks
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$2,969,687--3,017--$984$2,969,6871Summit
5The Ides of March$1,528,814161%2,042-157$749$25,788,1403Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$1,325,990175%2,353-487$564$60,984,8845Sony / Columbia
7Dolphin Tale$1,246,449155%2,828-458$441$61,437,1245Warner Bros.
8Johnny English Reborn$1,163,845--1,552--$750$1,163,8451Universal
9The Thing (2011)$1,003,32597%2,995-1$335$11,982,6702Universal
1050/50$925,870128%1,932-459$479$26,911,4104Summit
11Courageous$793,717144%1,195-19$664$23,274,8834Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$573,658125%2,1500$267$4,893,0362Fox
13Dream House$379,445132%1,224-948$310$19,427,1254Universal
14The Lion King 3D$307,57846%1,091-879$282$91,661,8786Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$346,840--975--$356$346,8401Quaker Media
2Contagion$271,54677%901-783$301$72,892,8387Warner Bros.
3The Help$217,62842%776-491$280$165,694,46411Disney / DreamWorks
4Drive (2011)$187,14067%367-336$510$32,767,5896FilmDistrict
5Abduction$179,03259%753-954$238$26,390,6315Lionsgate
6Killer Elite$121,00118%751-680$161$24,343,6005Open Road
7The Smurfs$108,766--327-43$333$140,276,67813Sony / Columbia
8What's Your Number?$98,755-1%343-939$288$13,495,9834Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$79,287415%308146$257$83,484,60813Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$70,521226%249-24$283$175,464,72012Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$55,20462%240-90$230$380,405,84115Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$51,01396%184-62$277$176,313,66514Paramount
13Laugh at My Pain$34,84884%103-85$338$7,480,7247CodeBlack Entertainment
14Colombiana$32,261--17644$183$36,457,4799Sony / TriStar
15Cowboys & Aliens$29,485103%131-77$225$100,052,42613Universal
16The Debt$28,23957%119-81$237$30,980,3138Focus
17Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$25,74550%178-133$145$38,116,18210Weinstein Company
18Shark Night 3D$16,220647%102-13$159$18,681,9078Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$169,290--56--$3,023$169,2901Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$40,165--4--$10,041$40,1651Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$31,80467%490$649$13,609,70729Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Zookeeper$11,483--94-61$122$80,328,69616Sony / Columbia
5Munger Road$11,137190%16-16$696$200,4124Freestyle Releasing
6Our Idiot Brother$10,638294%7938$135$24,709,9329Weinstein Company
7Warrior (2011)$9,87524%65-70$152$13,613,8177Lionsgate
8Machine Gun Preacher$9,22217%25-18$369$453,5215Relativity Media
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$8,972277%53-27$169$23,906,6189FilmDistrict
10Horrible Bosses$7,46431%50-35$149$117,513,72316Warner Bros. / New Line
11Sarah's Key$6,915-21%48-38$144$7,010,36314Weinstein Company
12Labios Rojos$6,50830%43-24$151$104,3212Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Seven Days in Utopia$4,23734%20-21$212$4,348,0758Visio Entertainment
14Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,211--21-1$153$465,9488Indomina Media
15Texas Killing Fields$3,002157%41$751$16,3762Anchor Bay Films
16I Don't Know How She Does It$2,815-33%29-78$97$9,589,5466Weinstein Company
17Circumstance$2,3493%10-9$235$412,1689Roadside Attractions
18Apollo 18$2,32193%13-5$179$17,548,2878Weinstein Company
19The Future$1,72386%14-2$123$556,92113Roadside Attractions
20Dirty Girl$1,1472%5-5$229$44,9463Weinstein Company
21Project Nim$472183%129$39$400,42216Roadside Attractions
22Thunder Soul$235-61%4-8$59$142,2245Roadside Attractions