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 Sat, May. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$42,905,51947%4,3490$9,866$342,148,4092Disney
2Dark Shadows$10,849,57212%3,755--$2,889$20,523,0351Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$2,250,64543%2,05242$1,097$79,438,2474Sony / Screen Gems
4The Hunger Games$1,856,04556%2,531-263$733$385,545,4338Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$1,625,57825%2,839-166$573$52,606,7794Warner Bros.
6The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,308,47077%3,079-279$425$21,952,5663Sony / Columbia
7The Five-Year Engagement$1,297,34535%2,569-372$505$23,570,1303Universal
8Chimpanzee$617,10460%1,55928$396$24,965,9454Disneynature
9Safe (2012)$553,53743%1,690-581$328$15,211,1303Lionsgate
10The Raven$546,73734%1,888-321$290$14,299,8393Relativity Media
11The Three Stooges$460,11670%1,416-758$325$40,806,3805Fox
12The Cabin in the Woods$400,99532%1,029-640$390$39,486,5155Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,080,87361%178151$6,072$2,825,5992Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$443,2329%322--$1,376$851,3661Lionsgate / Pantelion
321 Jump Street$281,77435%589-451$478$134,962,8919Sony / Columbia
4Mirror Mirror$222,18464%607-315$366$60,752,1047Relativity Media
5American Reunion$195,37534%521-335$375$55,958,9956Universal
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$179,72568%455-66$395$209,446,34011Universal
7Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$97,70787%260-43$376$102,495,14414Warner Bros. / New Line
8Wrath of the Titans$92,39628%265-450$349$81,939,9587Warner Bros.
9Lockout$82,16350%255-56$322$14,093,5225Open Road
10Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$77,72465%200-47$389$8,478,15410CBS Films
11The Artist$69,34175%751710$92$44,359,68025Weinstein Company
12Titanic 3D$58,77847%157-176$374$57,555,0916Paramount
13Bully (2012)$40,220-37%2630$153$2,833,6907Weinstein Company
14Safe House$34,00035%136-39$250$126,123,80014Universal
15A Thousand Words$32,82883%127-13$258$18,265,20410Paramount
16This Means War$28,58630%132-39$217$54,570,00813Fox
17The Vow$22,24135%111-46$200$125,000,53414Sony / Screen Gems
18Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$18,18757%110-33$165$34,993,47112Lionsgate
19Act of Valor$17,34442%118-75$147$69,891,52012Relativity Media
20Jeff Who Lives at Home$16,30534%11770$139$4,232,0399Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$65,941-11%49-1$1,346$1,343,6144Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sound of My Voice$23,14438%4618$503$171,0543Fox Searchlight
3The Road (2012)$22,38431%50--$448$39,5311Freestyle Releasing
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,555-34%340$516$18,767,71258Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$12,778122%23-7$556$1,165,1425Code Black Entertainment
6Casa de mi Padre$10,51036%56-12$188$5,883,7469Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Chronicle$10,18474%51-27$200$64,503,06615Fox
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$9,024143%67-8$135$133,054,68822Fox
9Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$7,48073%10--$748$11,7921UTV Communications
10Friends With Kids$5,76929%362$160$7,203,62610Roadside Attractions
11Project X (2012)$4,60517%40-32$115$54,720,39811Warner Bros.
12Red Tails$3,0388%9-3$338$49,865,82217Fox
13Coriolanus$2,12530%11-7$193$738,21817Weinstein Company
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,02488%12-5$169$43,452,29414Fox
15Undefeated$1,97832%130$152$540,01913Weinstein Company
16Blue Like Jazz$1,78648%11-9$162$586,8325Roadside Attractions
17Touchback$1,715118%6-6$286$201,6955Anchor Bay Films
18Tonight You're Mine$78215%2--$391$1,4621Roadside Attractions
19Albert Nobbs$39-90%2-3$20$3,014,29116Roadside Attractions