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, Jan. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,780,560-13%3,4557$2,541$141,186,6463Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,006,473-12%3,7030$1,622$136,910,2193Warner Bros.
3Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$5,118,98012%3,72441$1,375$97,848,1143Fox
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,366,072-17%2,9140$1,498$59,950,9532Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$3,925,3038%3,0870$1,272$51,400,4502Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$3,765,441-3%3,16346$1,190$44,490,9992Fox
7War Horse$3,638,014-11%2,547171$1,428$44,089,7862Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$1,258,473-30%2,2250$566$47,257,8234Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,077,671-26%2,3273$463$14,215,6342Summit
10The Muppets$1,031,62141%1,5415$669$83,561,0736Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$594,738-14%1,4110$422$276,125,4767Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$498,483-29%1,348-138$370$26,816,3404Fox
13Arthur Christmas$252,92849%1,343-181$188$46,073,1636Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$894,890-14%7585$1,181$40,315,6657Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$859,2933%9510$904$50,313,4956Paramount
3Young Adult$607,481-20%9870$615$12,669,2524Paramount
4The Artist$404,373-10%1670$2,421$5,448,7176Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$271,499-15%63028$431$9,207,2206Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$254,6669%3890$655$145,738,32710Paramount / DreamWorks
7Happy Feet Two$157,69836%525-10$300$60,965,8667Warner Bros.
8Don 2$114,260--1676$684$3,288,6862Reliance Big Entertainment
9Footloose (2011)$88,848196%1820$488$51,670,51212Paramount
10J. Edgar$78,226-2%4550$172$36,650,8318Warner Bros.
11Real Steel$75,174--2270$331$84,568,41513Disney / DreamWorks
12Tower Heist$68,310-18%253-30$270$76,802,2259Universal
13Moneyball$54,417-16%2508$218$75,016,05915Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$52,440-13%181-11$290$34,088,36014Sony / TriStar
15Jack and Jill$52,389-15%222-20$236$71,750,0378Sony / Columbia
16Dolphin Tale$52,17727%1880$278$72,015,96915Warner Bros.
17Immortals$42,433-21%2280$186$82,699,4328Relativity Media
18A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$33,509-20%2450$137$34,928,5459Warner Bros. / New Line
19In Time$30,120-12%12311$245$37,076,41510Fox
20The Ides of March$25,176-15%143-2$176$40,850,78813Sony / Columbia
21Paranormal Activity 3$14,589-33%1240$118$104,007,82811Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$324,452-17%572$5,692$4,280,1864Focus
2A Dangerous Method$99,824--613$1,636$1,676,5816Sony Pictures Classics
3Shame$77,991-6%555$1,418$2,043,8655Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$65,400-16%4--$16,350$285,8091Weinstein Company
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$39,368-13%60$6,561$352,4172Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$36,036169%490$735$15,183,66539Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Carnage (2011)$29,829--125$2,486$378,4343Sony Pictures Classics
8Pina$28,805--30$9,602$257,7972IFC Films
9Melancholia$22,281--63-3$354$2,539,7878Magnolia Pictures
10A Separation$21,037--3--$7,012$80,5181Sony Pictures Classics
11The Way$17,350--4720$369$4,187,40813Producers Distribution Agency
12Pariah (2011)$16,769-11%4--$4,192$101,7551Focus
13The Help$11,126--650$171$169,510,67221Disney / DreamWorks
14The Skin I Live In$9,140--28-6$326$3,051,24812Sony Pictures Classics
15Margin Call$7,821-5%29-1$270$5,254,18711Roadside Attractions
16Drive (2011)$7,144-42%25-1$286$34,840,19116FilmDistrict
17Midnight in Paris$6,895--23-5$300$56,384,62733Sony Pictures Classics
18Martha Marcy May Marlene$4,227--0-15--$2,913,44311Fox Searchlight
19In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,214-4%2-1$2,107$53,3562FilmDistrict
20Like Crazy$4,10250%300$137$3,372,10010Paramount Vantage
21Take Shelter$3,637--20-4$182$1,674,83914Sony Pictures Classics
22The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$2,932-13%16-4$183$711,1686Warner Bros.
23Mozart's Sister$2,334--96$259$686,83020Music Box Films
24The Lion King 3D$1,635--7-3$234$94,234,98616Disney
25The Guard$830--4-2$208$5,336,97423Sony Pictures Classics
26Miss Minoes (2011 re-issue)$594--30$198$6,5412Music Box Films
27Young Goethe In Love$374--53$75$101,6119Music Box Films
28Outrage$372--1--$372$30,8125Magnolia / Magnet
29Blackthorn$343--4--$86$187,84413Magnolia Pictures
30Paul Goodman Changed My Life$226--1--$226$25,24611Zeitgeist Films
31Higher Ground$150--4-1$38$841,20619Sony Pictures Classics
32Inni$143155%10$143$117,69110Cinema Purgatorio
33Angels Crest$91--1--$91$4981Magnolia Pictures