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 Mon, Feb. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$2,497,095-71%3,141--$795$37,048,1201Universal
2Warm Bodies$777,380-72%3,0090$258$37,258,5522Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$737,011-69%2,605--$283$10,040,1561Open Road
4Silver Linings Playbook$506,541-70%2,8090$180$90,026,05113Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$503,854-71%3,285-90$153$44,339,8723Paramount
6Zero Dark Thirty$327,652-71%2,562-309$128$83,895,1028Sony / Columbia
7Mama$281,085-71%2,677-104$105$64,232,8954Universal
8Argo$228,371-66%1,405470$163$123,837,32818Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$225,183-66%1,502-275$150$154,741,8107Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$209,191-68%2,4040$87$8,478,4052Warner Bros.
11Lincoln$206,798-62%1,517-239$136$173,827,80414Disney / DreamWorks
12Parker$186,543-67%2,004-234$93$16,034,6073FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$159,170-65%1,447-401$110$144,142,8757Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$148,366-67%1,001-299$148$298,481,7929Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$92,083-70%1,219-261$76$74,436,3397Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$255,058-61%300--$850$2,220,7951Paramount
2Life of Pi$190,097-66%92422$206$108,720,34612Fox
3Quartet$108,404-62%24442$444$5,108,8215Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$94,123-62%942-683$100$44,902,0345Warner Bros.
5Wreck-It Ralph$89,844-74%75797$119$184,504,37615Disney
6The Impossible$87,484-69%739-26$118$16,755,8228Lionsgate / Summit
7Stand Up Guys$72,688-62%67011$108$2,839,3622Lionsgate / Roadside
8A Haunted House$58,523-72%913-588$64$39,058,9745Open Road
9Broken City$48,586-65%755-1031$64$19,281,5864Fox
10Movie 43$29,396-56%777-1246$38$8,690,5763Relativity Media
11Rise of The Guardians$27,883-68%275-32$101$100,893,79112Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack Reacher$20,545-62%307-143$67$79,137,4898Paramount
13This is 40$16,680-61%278-95$60$67,272,3008Universal
14Hyde Park on Hudson$14,986-63%130-14$115$5,847,36310Focus
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$10,070-67%18564$54$34,195,8616Lionsgate
16The Guilt Trip$9,997-65%225-66$44$36,705,5598Paramount
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$8,591-67%160-29$54$291,437,86413Lionsgate / Summit
18The Last Stand$7,438-72%239-450$31$11,912,2734Lionsgate
19Flight$5,323-64%115-85$46$93,754,52615Paramount
20Red Dawn (2012)$4,188-69%105-48$40$44,754,80312FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$8,104-57%520$156$11,177,39743Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Anna Karenina (2012)$7,907-61%911$87$12,687,09413Focus
3ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$6,424-79%25--$257$101,6601UTV Motion Pictures
4Race 2$6,043-75%63-76$96$1,530,9203UTV Motion Pictures
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,870-54%47-3$104$12,500,7358Paramount
6Lost in Thailand$4,270-62%35--$122$36,4761WAMCR
7Hitchcock$3,805-43%36-8$106$5,928,02912Fox Searchlight
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,255-78%300$109$21,927,59997Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Master$2,835-64%291$98$16,249,99422Weinstein Company
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,585-62%81-67$32$13,084,26610FilmDistrict
11The Sessions$2,104-41%18-11$117$5,935,93217Fox Searchlight
12Taken 2$1,183-68%35-48$34$139,842,03719Fox
13A Late Quartet$809-74%120$67$1,514,83815Entertainment One / RKO
14Pitch Perfect$375-61%15-26$25$64,998,74320Universal
15LUV$212-49%3-5$71$156,4634Indomina Media
16Brief Reunion$151-69%1--$151$6,0424Striped Entertainment