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 Thu, May. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$12,391,566-9%4,349--$2,849$270,019,3731Disney
2Think Like a Man$562,4231%2,010-5$280$75,616,7323Sony / Screen Gems
3The Five-Year Engagement$500,025-6%2,9415$170$21,309,4102Universal
4The Hunger Games$465,6921%2,794-778$167$382,501,6867Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$441,104-4%3,005-170$147$49,680,7413Warner Bros.
6The Pirates! Band of Misfits$305,2411%3,3580$91$19,903,5582Sony / Columbia
7The Raven$272,263-6%2,2096$123$13,344,9282Relativity Media
8Safe (2012)$270,360-2%2,2715$119$14,270,2552Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$217,5877%1,531-36$142$23,961,9713Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$187,5520%1,669-970$112$38,782,4474Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$111,1937%1,040-780$107$134,472,4348Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$90,680-8%2,174-931$42$40,075,4304Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$72,7000%856-1298$85$55,617,7405Universal
2Mirror Mirror$53,639-4%922-1095$58$60,394,2696Relativity Media
3Bully (2012)$50,0606%2630$190$2,729,2426Weinstein Company
4Titanic 3D$45,79019%333-1076$138$57,456,4635Paramount
5Wrath of the Titans$41,05710%715-857$57$81,775,2356Warner Bros.
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$33,9140%247-88$137$8,353,2269CBS Films
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,27510%521-362$60$209,159,69010Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,2814%303-98$57$102,345,20013Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lockout$15,337-8%311-948$49$13,956,6504Open Road
10Safe House$11,4451%175-54$65$126,064,64013Universal
11This Means War$9,1283%171-61$53$54,519,34912Fox
12Act of Valor$8,899-4%193-92$46$69,861,94311Relativity Media
13A Thousand Words$7,1415%140-29$51$18,214,4789Paramount
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$6,0805%143104$43$34,963,72611Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$83,545-3%27--$3,094$1,072,5161Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$54,57119%500$1,091$1,203,8373Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$26,056-2%340$766$18,723,65557Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sound of My Voice$7,083-11%2823$253$131,1752Fox Searchlight
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,41944%75-36$59$133,041,94921Fox
6Casa de mi Padre$4,2664%6832$63$5,865,5368Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Chronicle$3,659-2%78-43$47$64,487,02714Fox
8Project X (2012)$3,4912%72-83$48$54,711,86010Warner Bros.
9Jeff Who Lives at Home$2,916-22%47-32$62$4,203,5348Paramount Vantage
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,3668%30-37$79$1,146,6164Code Black Entertainment
11The Artist$1,924-21%41-9$47$44,250,62924Weinstein Company
12Friends With Kids$1,889-7%34-19$56$7,193,4029Roadside Attractions
13Coriolanus$1,8610%184$103$734,45716Weinstein Company
14Blue Like Jazz$1,539-15%20-26$77$583,8434Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$983-59%13-7$76$536,54412Weinstein Company
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7320%17-10$43$43,449,19213Fox
17Touchback$464-5%12-16$39$199,1954Anchor Bay Films
18W.E.$39961%6-4$67$583,45514Weinstein Company
19Red Tails$346-38%12-11$29$49,859,98016Fox
20Albert Nobbs$14100%5-11$3$3,013,86615Roadside Attractions