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 Tue, Mar. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$4,036,85512%3,121--$1,293$43,947,0311Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,620,67012%3,76923$430$161,459,5103Universal
3John Carter$1,221,86212%3,7490$326$55,539,1942Disney
4Project X (2012)$504,49321%2,922-133$173$49,091,8113Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$392,87810%2,765-186$142$63,204,7874Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$308,02228%1,8955$163$12,533,5042Paramount
7Safe House$278,40016%1,920-224$145$120,728,1356Universal
8The Vow$231,36830%2,175-303$106$121,566,5646Sony / Screen Gems
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$228,25125%1,935-590$118$95,404,3636Warner Bros. / New Line
10Silent House (2012)$216,04323%2,1240$102$10,997,6562Open Road
11This Means War$213,03024%1,660-289$128$50,927,0485Fox
12The Artist$130,75522%1,155-350$113$42,346,06317Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$101,3824%1,016-500$100$32,929,7784Lionsgate
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$81,22318%1,024-780$79$49,892,4525Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$153,48134%640271$240$4,452,4812Roadside Attractions
2Casa de mi Padre$152,627-5%382--$400$2,600,9581Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$98,90620%254--$389$1,037,2071Paramount Vantage
4Wanderlust$73,29040%698-522$105$16,869,7654Universal
5The Iron Lady$67,41033%4569$148$28,734,01512Weinstein Company
6Hugo$58,18326%38370$152$73,098,23217Paramount
7Chronicle$44,8126%432-163$104$63,246,3037Fox
8The Descendants$40,33232%347-170$116$82,067,04218Fox Searchlight
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$34,34820%286-1$120$131,711,29314Fox
10Seeking Justice$31,21117%231--$135$307,7691Anchor Bay Films
11Gone$28,16428%476-668$59$11,409,9144Summit
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$28,08222%2290$123$208,833,96614Paramount
13The Woman in Black$21,55510%305-128$71$53,514,9397CBS Films
14The Grey$19,58019%21968$89$51,206,0968Open Road
15We Bought a Zoo$19,08915%188-40$102$74,944,47413Fox
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$14,1677%156-102$91$43,142,1076Fox
17Big Miracle$12,98010%236-2$55$19,817,2057Universal
18Red Tails$12,75941%152-26$84$49,502,5799Fox
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,9724%125-83$72$186,694,90314Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$8,61828%11248$77$26,211,4118Lionsgate
21The Adventures of Tintin$7,17130%123-30$58$77,576,72213Paramount
22Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$4,54024%105-97$43$31,807,10613Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$48,51236%6244$782$853,2382CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$28,03781%400$701$17,304,67550Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$19,21246%8876$218$298,9193Focus
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$12,64030%86-23$147$24,126,46215Focus
5Undefeated$5,3300%218$254$341,5425Weinstein Company
6Coriolanus$4,70132%212$224$539,5479Weinstein Company
7Albert Nobbs$4,63515%483$97$2,854,9818Roadside Attractions
8The Devil Inside$4,3003%7767$56$53,253,52411Paramount
9My Week with Marilyn$3,82520%50-70$77$14,561,95717Weinstein Company
10W.E.$3,73215%20-4$187$435,9547Weinstein Company
11Joyful Noise$3,40441%65-38$52$30,925,98110Warner Bros.
12Haywire$2,07142%69-13$30$18,938,3859Relativity Media