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, Dec. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$951,744-1%3,401-62$280$265,366,0635Sony / Columbia
2Lincoln$945,82512%2,014-4$470$100,654,1875Disney / DreamWorks
3Life of Pi$771,9843%2,94618$262$64,159,4063Fox
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$717,5371%3,646-362$197$271,690,0694Lionsgate / Summit
5Rise of The Guardians$538,9025%3,639-33$148$63,941,8233Paramount / DreamWorks
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$415,188-3%2,837--$146$7,591,0921FilmDistrict
7Flight$319,1611%2,431-172$131$87,508,0386Paramount
8Red Dawn (2012)$294,486-1%2,754-27$107$38,495,4233FilmDistrict
9Killing Them Softly$285,200-7%2,4240$118$13,132,3052Weinstein Company
10Wreck-It Ralph$266,0220%2,746-341$97$165,505,5496Disney
11The Collection$122,500-7%1,4030$87$5,991,6362LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$90,036-6%1,2491225$72$40,378,74112Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$242,3607%3710$653$14,870,0494Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$179,111-6%42238$424$7,358,3034Focus
3Argo$174,39511%944-99$185$103,784,9049Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$69,571-6%181131$384$1,964,2123Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$37,66912%430-66$88$137,843,72110Fox
6The Sessions$29,5105%197-29$150$5,061,0518Fox Searchlight
7Pitch Perfect$27,1350%387-16$70$63,623,74311Universal
8Talaash$20,602-22%162-12$127$2,537,5472Reliance Entertainment
9Cloud Atlas$20,55510%191-3$108$26,539,9287Warner Bros.
10Looper$17,810-1%232--$77$66,215,53311Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$17,06310%175-14$98$16,920,55412Lionsgate / Summit
12Alex Cross$11,4940%214100$54$25,665,9808Lionsgate / Summit
13The Man With the Iron Fists$10,905-7%1817$60$15,569,1656Universal
14Seven Psychopaths$10,2465%141-21$73$14,944,3049CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$14,01814%171$825$356,9343Warner Bros.
2To the Arctic 3D$13,28544%520$255$10,170,69734Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$9,3972%63-11$149$1,033,0006Entertainment One / RKO
4Hyde Park on Hudson$8,08413%4--$2,021$112,0201Focus
5Sinister$3,738-6%77-11$49$47,840,0669Lionsgate / Summit
6Born to Be Wild 3D$3,27514%300$109$21,489,83488Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Chasing Mavericks$2,9491%67-12$44$5,885,9667Fox
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,875-6%90-12$32$160,965,65522Fox
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$2,49317%76-48$33$17,517,6277Open Road
10The Dark Knight Rises$2,40717%62-18$39$448,139,09921Warner Bros.
11ParaNorman$2,340-5%81-23$29$55,936,25617Focus
12Hecho en Mexico$2,235-18%2614$86$131,7902Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Trouble with the Curve$2,216-5%71-29$31$35,763,13712Warner Bros.
14The Master$2,12418%230$92$15,903,13813Weinstein Company
15House at the End of the Street$1,8251%68-40$27$31,596,25112Relativity Media
16Arbitrage$1,7735%25-10$71$7,884,19413Roadside Attractions
17Fun Size$1,72210%80-36$22$9,409,5387Paramount
18The Intouchables$1,486238%12-7$124$13,051,81029Weinstein Company
19Paranormal Activity 4$1,423-9%48-22$30$53,751,6188Paramount
20The Rabbi's Cat$8894%1--$889$6,9801GKIDS
21Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$772-3%47-5$16$48,987,74719Fox
22This Must Be the Place$670-12%5-2$134$139,1716Weinstein Company
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$51-2%21$26$84,89810Roadside Attractions