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 Mon, Dec. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$14,562,1547%3,4483023$4,223$76,555,2442Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$10,829,95813%3,7030$2,925$89,854,1352Warner Bros.
3War Horse$7,012,570-7%2,376--$2,951$14,527,9721Disney / DreamWorks
4Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,943,10258%3,683-40$1,885$56,468,4812Fox
5The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$6,724,20819%2,914--$2,308$27,869,2851Sony / Columbia
6The Adventures of Tintin$5,415,13644%3,087--$1,754$23,144,1521Paramount
7We Bought a Zoo$5,244,21117%3,117--$1,682$15,063,1311Fox
8The Darkest Hour$2,068,960-31%2,324--$890$5,062,4791Summit
9New Year's Eve$1,877,79327%2,225-1280$844$34,528,7273Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Muppets$1,123,57584%1,536-1272$731$76,825,8625Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$914,63579%1,411-1547$648$271,182,8426Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$758,177-13%1,486-1266$510$22,985,5443Fox
13Arthur Christmas$435,82846%1,524-1405$286$43,977,1495Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,198,60919%753-125$1,592$33,563,5326Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$989,78620%951-1581$1,041$44,748,8835Paramount
3Young Adult$920,2904%9871$932$8,076,1883Paramount
4The Artist$432,1984%167150$2,588$2,813,6915Weinstein Company
5Don 2$349,367--161--$2,170$2,081,2051Reliance Big Entertainment
6My Week with Marilyn$314,46319%602358$522$7,294,7565Weinstein Company
7Puss in Boots (2011)$257,39089%389-368$662$143,919,1649Paramount / DreamWorks
8Happy Feet Two$121,68693%535-1245$227$59,973,8416Warner Bros.
9J. Edgar$81,66927%455-248$179$36,136,0787Warner Bros.
10Real Steel$78,683--227--$347$84,041,46712Disney / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$73,68576%242144$304$74,579,74414Sony / Columbia
12Jack and Jill$73,21937%242-1668$303$71,329,5447Sony / Columbia
13Tower Heist$67,92041%283-1032$240$76,318,0908Universal
14Courageous$63,05750%19291$328$33,747,34913Sony / TriStar
15Immortals$50,7669%228-988$223$82,415,3477Relativity Media
16Dolphin Tale$49,954163%188-93$266$71,637,20314Warner Bros.
17A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$45,378-14%24543$185$34,691,5368Warner Bros. / New Line
18Footloose (2011)$29,568101%182-71$162$51,466,95211Paramount
19The Ides of March$28,13675%14573$194$40,675,36712Sony / Columbia
20In Time$23,75847%112-161$212$36,891,7079Fox
21Paranormal Activity 3$16,05917%124-82$130$103,894,11610Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$338,6138%5539$6,157$2,157,6543Focus
2A Dangerous Method$91,674--58--$1,581$1,085,1315Sony Pictures Classics
3Shame$65,76633%50-1$1,315$1,596,7574Fox Searchlight
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$42,370-41%6--$7,062$114,7181Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$33,3251347%490$680$14,909,64138Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Pina$23,811--3--$7,937$91,8231IFC Films
7Carnage (2011)$23,167--7--$3,310$199,0382Sony Pictures Classics
8Melancholia$21,038--66--$319$2,397,1867Magnolia Pictures
9The Way$19,035--27-66$705$4,071,94712Producers Distribution Agency
10The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$16,0731193%20-5$804$640,4195Warner Bros.
11The Help$15,160--65--$233$169,425,91220Disney / DreamWorks
12Margin Call$11,84159%30-91$395$5,198,19110Roadside Attractions
13The Skin I Live In$8,100--34--$238$2,999,76311Sony Pictures Classics
14Midnight in Paris$6,790--28--$243$56,341,18632Sony Pictures Classics
15In the Land of Blood and Honey$6,605-11%3--$2,202$25,4591FilmDistrict
16Drive (2011)$6,14451%26-30$236$34,793,34815FilmDistrict
17The Three Musketeers (2011)$4,20848%37-86$114$20,362,32810Summit
18Like Crazy$3,92418%30-70$131$3,345,7919Paramount Vantage
1950/50$3,065120%31-80$99$35,006,87713Summit
20Take Shelter$2,919--24--$122$1,655,53513Sony Pictures Classics
21Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,89872%15-24$193$2,892,28110Fox Searchlight
22The Lion King 3D$2,151--10--$215$94,222,02215Disney
23The Guard$895--6--$149$5,331,18922Sony Pictures Classics
24Miss Minoes (2011 re-issue)$698--3--$233$2,5991Music Box Films
25Sleeping Beauty (2011)$641--3--$214$34,5884IFC Films
26Into the Abyss$541--3--$180$222,0297IFC Films
27Higher Ground$340--5--$68$837,91118Sony Pictures Classics
28Mozart's Sister$302--3--$101$676,67519Music Box Films
29Young Goethe In Love$200--2--$100$98,7458Music Box Films
30Inni$77--1--$77$116,6389Cinema Purgatorio