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. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Escape From Planet Earth$5,210,921-5%3,288--$1,585$21,101,9761Weinstein Company
2A Good Day to Die Hard$3,805,812-49%3,553--$1,071$36,879,7731Fox
3Identity Thief$3,782,175-48%3,16524$1,195$74,744,2552Universal
4Safe Haven$3,067,561-48%3,223--$952$33,298,0731Relativity Media
5Warm Bodies$1,684,917-35%2,897-112$582$51,770,6343Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,362,666-39%2,950--$462$11,487,5781Warner Bros.
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,171,854-41%2,202-607$532$99,788,22814Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$1,026,993-47%2,6050$394$20,119,9812Open Road
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$663,046-43%2,103-1182$315$50,405,2514Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$606,416-42%1,527-1035$397$88,530,9839Sony / Columbia
11Lincoln$427,937-25%1,007-510$425$176,651,04715Disney / DreamWorks
12Mama$395,520-48%1,648-1029$240$68,561,9405Universal
13Django Unchained$329,883-37%1,017-485$324$157,350,1478Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$504,249-15%647-277$779$111,376,51813Fox
2Argo$443,088-40%903-502$491$127,288,40919Warner Bros.
3Quartet$310,550-25%33389$933$7,200,6646Weinstein Company
4Wreck-It Ralph$308,59812%506-251$610$185,835,92916Disney
5The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$286,579-17%605-396$474$300,161,28510Warner Bros. / New Line
6Les Miserables (2012)$236,550-20%676-771$350$145,764,4258Universal
7Parental Guidance$190,32314%603-616$316$75,343,6928Fox
8Rise of The Guardians$158,9603%33863$470$101,540,45413Paramount / DreamWorks
9Amour$155,670--306--$509$4,081,5419Sony Pictures Classics
10The Impossible$105,113-33%422-317$249$17,612,1669Lionsgate / Summit
11Parker$85,287-44%705-1299$121$17,084,9564FilmDistrict
12The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$69,969--266--$263$1,536,4153ShortsHD
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$59,585-39%25494$235$291,838,80414Lionsgate / Summit
14Skyfall$55,579-30%262--$212$303,954,36015Sony / Columbia
15Gangster Squad$45,213-34%210-732$215$45,391,5066Warner Bros.
16A Haunted House$45,073-51%340-573$133$39,591,3346Open Road
17Bullet to the Head$44,514-45%470-1934$95$9,279,0123Warner Bros.
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$34,788--192--$181$12,306,98834Fox Searchlight
19Hotel Transylvania$32,4132%144--$225$148,313,04821Sony / Columbia
20Jack Reacher$26,327-25%175-132$150$79,360,5599Paramount
21Stand Up Guys$25,829-31%119-551$217$3,187,4363Lionsgate / Roadside
22This is 40$16,700-43%167-111$100$67,449,5059Universal
23Broken City$16,390-35%133-622$123$19,504,6855Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters, Inc. 3D$32,643--99--$330$33,265,5859Disney
2Top Gun 3D$27,739-43%40-260$693$2,986,1382Paramount
3To the Arctic 3D$22,615-20%520$435$11,302,35444Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$21,405--21--$1,019$36,381,867153Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Royal Affair$19,402--34--$571$1,264,27515Magnolia Pictures
6No (2013)$18,712--4--$4,678$90,4541Sony Pictures Classics
756 Up$16,992--27--$629$388,0547First Run Features
8Born to Be Wild 3D$16,587-14%300$553$22,002,15598Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Here Comes the Boom$16,067-2%96--$167$45,290,31819Sony / Columbia
10Hyde Park on Hudson$15,665-51%86-44$182$6,030,75711Focus
11ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$12,203-40%22-3$555$192,0142UTV Motion Pictures
12The Gatekeepers$11,797--4--$2,949$228,4283Sony Pictures Classics
13The Guilt Trip$10,509-37%88-137$119$36,805,3169Paramount
14Rust and Bone$9,825--33--$298$1,953,31813Sony Pictures Classics
15Koch$9,374--11--$852$135,5613Zeitgeist Films
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$9,304-57%96-89$97$34,298,2157Lionsgate
17Anna Karenina (2012)$8,732-44%51-40$171$12,771,63614Focus
18Lore$7,451--8--$931$93,5532Music Box Films
19Under the Sea 3D$6,707--10--$671$32,562,224210Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$6,204--7--$886$59,4584Music Box Films
21Red Dawn (2012)$5,770-35%56-49$103$44,800,70613FilmDistrict
22Searching For Sugar Man$4,903--19--$258$3,283,21630Sony Pictures Classics
23Race 2$4,834-31%11-52$439$1,571,5734UTV Motion Pictures
24Like Someone in Love$4,772--3--$1,591$26,5851IFC Films
25The Last Stand$4,619-51%54-185$86$11,964,2665Lionsgate
26Sound City$4,529--17--$266$291,1123Variance Films
27A Late Quartet$3,670-30%131$282$1,535,15316Entertainment One / RKO
28Deep Sea 3D$3,380--7--$483$45,422,075364Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Movie 43$3,282-35%35-742$94$8,781,9614Relativity Media
30The Sessions$3,193-24%16-2$200$5,957,47318Fox Searchlight
31Yossi$2,897--7--$414$59,1404Strand Releasing
32John Dies at the End$2,032--10--$203$64,6744Magnolia / Magnet
33Lost in Thailand$1,833-42%350$52$57,3972WAMCR
34West of Memphis$1,368--8--$171$130,2118Sony Pictures Classics
35Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,356-43%23-58$59$13,101,14211FilmDistrict
36The Sorcerer and the White Snake$1,089--4--$272$15,2502Magnolia / Magnet
37The Waiting Room$864--4--$216$199,85621International Film Circuit
38Taken 2$856-56%16-19$54$139,852,97120Fox
39Hitchcock$514-82%14-22$37$5,944,57713Fox Searchlight
40Frankenweenie$314--3--$105$35,283,50620Disney
41The Power of Few$299--2--$150$7,9131Steelyard Pictures
42Brooklyn Castle$235--3--$78$216,12118Producers Distribution Agency
43Masquerade (2012)$200--2--$100$912,01722CJ Entertainment
44The Package (2013)$18260%1--$182$1,2771Anchor Bay Films
45North Sea Texas$165--2--$83$27,57816Strand Releasing
46Any Day Now$122--3--$41$183,19710Music Box Films