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 Fri, Sep. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1House at the End of the Street$4,621,259--3,083--$1,499$4,621,2591Relativity Media
2End of Watch$4,603,191--2,730--$1,686$4,603,1911Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$4,171,545--3,212--$1,299$4,171,5451Warner Bros.
4Finding Nemo 3D$2,407,552251%2,9040$829$22,941,5272Disney
5Dredd 3D$2,219,943--2,506--$886$2,219,9431Lionsgate
6Resident Evil: Retribution$1,959,21889%3,0164$650$28,726,9452Sony / Screen Gems
7The Possession$808,801154%2,598-262$311$43,458,4284Lionsgate
8Lawless$711,93474%2,614-449$272$32,902,8534Weinstein Company
9The Bourne Legacy$479,385121%1,431-739$335$109,272,0857Universal
10ParaNorman$465,726204%1,617-709$288$50,702,8246Focus
11The Expendables 2$399,14655%1,820-1076$219$81,961,0986Lionsgate
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$381,342164%1,752-663$218$47,494,0806Disney
13The Campaign$376,34885%1,250-752$301$84,157,4137Warner Bros.
142016: Obama's America$287,950--1,216--$237$31,373,02711Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Hope Springs (2012)$257,27137%1,147-799$224$61,555,4267Sony / Columbia
16The Words$228,880-5%1,247-1554$184$10,473,4513CBS Films
17Last Ounce of Courage$177,836--1,064--$167$2,380,8362Rocky Mountain Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$1,397,3782153%788783$1,773$2,453,2612Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$347,83292%948-633$367$442,205,70210Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$326,812144%24447$1,339$2,995,3192Roadside Attractions
4Barfi!$166,702213%130-2$1,282$1,500,9702UTV Communications
5Heroine$142,463--114--$1,250$142,4631UTV Communications
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$121,002385%420-121$288$158,142,18011Fox
7Premium Rush$108,97212%567-772$192$19,411,7365Sony / Columbia
8Total Recall (2012)$83,762--32219$260$58,264,9278Sony / Columbia
9Ted (2012)$71,78584%293-118$245$217,666,03013Universal
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$69,183359%374-217$185$47,517,5828Fox
11The Amazing Spider-Man$68,191--253-75$270$261,292,41612Sony / Columbia
12Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$50,489224%240-66$210$215,723,28116Paramount / DreamWorks
13For A Good Time, Call...$48,97278%105-2$466$986,0464Focus
14The Intouchables$46,81547%156-24$300$12,118,37318Weinstein Company
15Hit and Run$41,23328%291-360$142$13,512,0745Open Road
16Moonrise Kingdom$39,35465%120-37$328$45,073,09818Focus
17Step Up Revolution$36,195149%182-86$199$34,855,7869Lionsgate / Summit
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$33,02219%132-80$250$10,812,24813Fox Searchlight
19Sparkle (2012)$32,505--206-288$158$24,165,9576Sony / TriStar
20The Cold Light of Day$19,817-73%155-1356$128$3,651,6683Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$84,916--4--$21,229$84,9161Lionsgate / Summit
2My Uncle Rafael$35,361--14--$2,526$35,3611Rocky Mountain Pictures
310 Years$25,9481371%4340$603$57,0052Anchor Bay Films
4To the Arctic 3D$20,00588%520$385$8,593,60823Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$19,740-48%85-237$232$2,999,9293Paramount
6The Watch$14,87661%77-61$193$34,194,5149Fox
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$11,65329%47-33$248$46,233,32921Fox Searchlight
8Magic Mike$7,77123%55-60$141$113,697,20613Warner Bros.
9Safety Not Guaranteed$6,46747%40-6$162$3,944,38216FilmDistrict
10Born to Be Wild 3D$6,128174%330$186$20,870,56277Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Ruby Sparks$6,1006%43-27$142$2,464,5439Fox Searchlight
12The Apparition$3,4254%35-33$98$4,852,5325Warner Bros.
13Toys in the Attic$1,820--6--$303$44,0113Hannover House
14Husbands In Goa$1,106--7--$158$1,1061UTV Communications
15Cosmopolis$842-64%9-22$94$755,7566Entertainment One Films
16Mugamoodi$576365%1-2$576$100,1404UTV Communications
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$478145%70$68$3,369,7207ARC Entertainment
18Branded$123-94%2-78$62$352,9923Roadside Attractions