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, Apr. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$3,662,65412%4,06519$901$104,700,2022Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$3,006,0451%3,7190$808$65,563,0601Paramount
3Olympus Has Fallen$1,480,2258%3,1068$477$61,073,5012FilmDistrict
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,477,31611%3,324-481$444$204,596,7184Disney
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,326,225-3%2,047--$648$28,383,3411Lionsgate
6The Host (2013)$796,4120%3,202--$249$14,425,7131Open Road
7The Call$538,6912%2,439-68$221$41,981,0933Sony / TriStar
8Admission$390,3957%2,1611$181$13,319,5482Focus
9Spring Breakers$280,747-4%1,379275$204$11,444,7423A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$159,2902%1,575-1585$101$21,326,5723Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$130,0059%1,082-1084$120$130,435,6308Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$125,99812%1,080-1480$117$61,947,4815Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$108,42713%752-292$144$129,121,64720Weinstein Company
2Safe Haven$63,17114%550-729$115$70,054,2787Relativity Media
3Quartet$62,6348%302-123$207$16,833,76012Weinstein Company
4Life of Pi$62,52119%340-149$184$123,565,62119Fox
5Escape From Planet Earth$58,9878%977-517$60$54,178,6697Weinstein Company
6Snitch (2013)$50,5956%746-1061$68$41,558,1226Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$33,9472%340-794$100$25,112,5765Relativity Media
8Emperor$27,44634%138-99$199$2,977,3644Roadside Attractions
9Django Unchained$24,4079%233-63$105$162,411,30514Weinstein Company
10Stoker$22,2342%194-81$115$1,564,1625Fox Searchlight
11Argo$20,0366%26075$77$135,811,85125Warner Bros.
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$19,96310%202-7$99$55,301,15610Paramount
13A Good Day to Die Hard$18,94011%209-239$91$66,630,4827Fox
14Parental Guidance$17,36717%140-45$124$76,963,05114Fox
15Warm Bodies$17,22613%162-137$106$65,314,3049Lionsgate / Summit
16Rise of The Guardians$14,246-5%134-28$106$103,357,31519Paramount / DreamWorks
17Side Effects (2013)$12,7500%102-123$125$31,286,9298Open Road
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$12,46429%145-90$86$302,893,29916Warner Bros. / New Line
19Mama$9,8257%123-7$80$71,628,18011Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$8,69514%109-20$80$148,809,77014Universal
21The Last Exorcism Part II$7,89554%102-353$77$15,179,3035CBS Films
22Dark Skies$7,44613%101-104$74$17,159,3016Weinstein / Dimension
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$7,39425%115-73$64$19,424,8487Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$34,435283%3921$883$578,4944Gathr Films
2The Place Beyond the Pines$22,999-13%4--$5,750$386,0301Focus
3From Up on Poppy Hill$14,8849%2519$595$341,7913GKIDS
4To the Arctic 3D$14,53422%520$280$11,976,29250Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$10,1789%300$339$22,396,954104Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Impossible$7,80416%86-37$91$18,847,95515Lionsgate / Summit
7The Sapphires$6,1568%128$513$151,9522Weinstein Company
8Himmatwala$5,451-39%99--$55$239,4441UTV Motion Pictures
9Starbuck$4,530-7%1714$266$3,547,7822eOne Films US
10Dead Man Down$3,25922%75-537$43$10,778,1294FilmDistrict
11Camp (2013)$1,975169%6-11$329$110,9956Freestyle Releasing
12The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,91887%7-21$274$368,7495Methinx Entertainment
13Parker$1,8175%36-19$50$17,616,64110FilmDistrict
14Bless Me, Ultima$1,6171%11-10$147$1,552,5696Arenas Entertainment
15Gangster Squad$938-3%500$19$46,000,90312Warner Bros.
16Kai Po Che$5722%5-13$114$1,118,4626UTV Motion Pictures