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, Sep. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$3,346,360-37%2,816--$1,188$21,078,8401Lionsgate
2Lawless$2,870,566-24%2,888--$994$15,014,9951Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$2,424,799-30%3,334-21$727$68,814,0853Lionsgate
4The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,287,554-6%2,63537$868$38,441,5663Disney
5ParaNorman$2,260,619-13%3,085-370$733$40,312,6253Focus
6The Bourne Legacy$2,082,115-25%3,131-523$665$98,313,1654Universal
72016: Obama's America$1,944,121--1,747--$1,113$20,722,2288Rocky Mountain Pictures
8The Dark Knight Rises$1,880,976-23%2,187-419$860$433,311,2617Warner Bros.
9The Campaign$1,499,029-35%2,941-361$510$74,783,9274Warner Bros.
10Hope Springs (2012)$1,446,826-17%2,44139$593$53,500,4304Sony / Columbia
11Premium Rush$1,181,161-22%2,2550$524$13,507,6702Sony / Columbia
12Hit and Run$675,001-33%2,8700$235$10,730,8472Open Road
13Brave$628,9355%1,7081256$368$232,430,11411Disney
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$582,1622%1,204-761$484$45,768,4885Fox
15Marvel's The Avengers$563,243-33%1,705--$330$620,323,83718Disney
16Sparkle (2012)$545,100-11%1,257-987$434$22,251,7213Sony / TriStar
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$517,213-1%1,036-514$499$156,152,6558Fox
18The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$166,1559%2,160--$77$835,6441Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$286,373-20%50183$572$259,811,2069Sony / Columbia
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$232,880-6%505131$461$214,772,53813Paramount / DreamWorks
3Robot & Frank$225,648--144--$1,567$1,366,2113IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4Total Recall (2012)$218,968-34%756-820$290$56,957,1195Sony / Columbia
5Celeste and Jesse Forever$205,868--586--$351$2,079,7905Sony Pictures Classics
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$170,055-16%26755$637$9,788,16110Fox Searchlight
7The Apparition$157,151-29%8100$194$4,408,2722Warner Bros.
8Ted (2012)$148,665-54%561-222$265$216,124,21510Universal
9The Intouchables$121,807-17%175-19$696$11,138,44015Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$114,643-15%197-135$582$44,320,08115Focus
11Step Up Revolution$66,122-36%236-192$280$34,237,0306Lionsgate / Summit
12Men in Black 3$63,784-13%186--$343$178,856,55415Sony / Columbia
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$50,279-25%17973$281$65,304,46210Lionsgate
14The Watch$42,777-53%195-55$219$33,805,1836Fox
15Magic Mike$36,110-36%268-87$135$113,427,04010Warner Bros.
16The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$30,142-17%105-7$287$45,957,50618Fox Searchlight
17Snow White and the Huntsman$30,030-19%143-51$210$155,111,81514Universal
18The Hunger Games$17,603-13%145-44$121$407,999,25524Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepwalk With Me$71,213--29--$2,456$483,1062IFC Films
2The Queen of Versailles$47,708--87--$548$1,848,5287Magnolia Pictures
3Searching For Sugar Man$47,279--32--$1,477$741,2546Sony Pictures Classics
4To the Arctic 3D$47,065-29%520$905$8,278,72020Warner Bros. / IMAX
5To Rome with Love$45,634--94--$485$16,169,65011Sony Pictures Classics
6For A Good Time, Call...$42,754-17%23--$1,859$186,6891Focus
7Flying Swords of Dragon Gate$32,257--15--$2,150$127,7091Indomina Releasing
8Cosmopolis$26,704-17%652$411$632,8413Entertainment One Films
9Ruby Sparks$26,281-19%78-57$337$2,295,9686Fox Searchlight
102 Days In New York$25,380--42--$604$443,2244Magnolia Pictures
11Joker$22,089-44%74--$299$127,9541UTV Communications
12The Imposter$17,914--0----$514,4838Indomina Releasing
13Farewell, My Queen$17,617--36--$489$1,203,5228Cohen Media Group
14Red Hook Summer$16,787--41--$409$261,8934Variance Films
15Compliance$16,185--19--$852$181,7843Magnolia Pictures
16Born to Be Wild 3D$15,393-15%330$466$20,781,90874Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Little White Lies$13,297-13%12--$1,108$93,6332MPI Media
18Savages$12,710-33%82-35$155$47,307,5509Universal
19Mugamoodi$12,074-37%21--$575$68,6771UTV Communications
20Safety Not Guaranteed$11,977-27%48-6$250$3,832,06013FilmDistrict
21The Bullet Vanishes$11,548--14--$825$54,9921China Lion Film
22Prometheus$10,397-35%55-36$189$126,386,75713Fox
23Bernie$9,577--26--$368$9,168,13419Millennium Entertainment
24Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$7,919-60%49-26$162$37,473,37111Fox
25The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,023--14--$502$249,9867Kino Lorber
26Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$5,948--18--$330$428,2206IFC Films
27Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$4,975-6%31-99$160$3,345,8184ARC Entertainment
28Beloved (2012)$4,752--6--$792$82,0513IFC Films
29Chicken With Plums$3,270--3--$1,090$103,3623Sony Pictures Classics
30A Cat In Paris$3,22745%3-3$1,076$313,28214GKIDS
31Neighboring Sounds$2,945--2--$1,473$32,2402Cinema Guild
32Oslo, August 31st$2,840--7--$406$91,18315Strand Releasing
33The Day$2,818-5%12--$235$15,6621Anchor Bay Films
34The Ambassador$2,712--4--$678$17,5391Drafthouse Films
35The Awakening (2012)$2,459--13--$189$172,1383Cohen Media Group
36Little Birds$1,777--1--$1,777$8,6911Millenium Entertainment
37360$1,747--3--$582$87,0265Magnolia Pictures
38Neil Young Journeys$1,570--11--$143$187,70510Sony Pictures Classics
39Teddy Bear$1,520--1--$1,520$16,1382Film Movement
40Monsieur Lazhar$1,038--2--$519$2,000,92045Music Box Films
41Somewhere Between$1,036--1--$1,036$15,0842Long Shot Factory
42The Good Doctor$926--2--$463$4,1061Magnolia Pictures
43Unforgivable$851--1--$851$122,28910Strand Releasing
44Take This Waltz$784--9--$87$1,207,34310Magnolia Pictures
45Kumare$590--3--$197$108,13711Kino Lorber
46Hermano$479--8--$60$28,8022Music Box Films
47Breathing$395--1--$395$1,3441Kino Lorber
48Easy Money (2012)$369-58%2-3$185$187,4458Weinstein Company
49Hysteria$280--4--$70$1,774,75716Sony Pictures Classics
50Elena (2012)$277--2--$139$212,20016Zeitgeist Films
51Where Do We Go Now?$270--2--$135$530,88717Sony Pictures Classics
52The Magic of Belle Isle$261--2--$131$100,9109Magnolia Pictures
53Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$240--1--$240$79,08012Music Box Films
54Klown$229--2--$115$65,7786Drafthouse Films