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 Tue, Apr. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$1,956,63015%3,277--$597$23,904,2101Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$1,573,68012%3,7929$415$68,067,6452Universal
3The Big Wedding$911,93444%2,633--$346$9,135,3241Lionsgate
442 (2013)$904,22812%3,405155$266$70,724,1713Warner Bros.
5The Croods$405,7259%3,283-152$124$163,930,3836Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Place Beyond the Pines$358,98923%1,58442$227$16,903,9845Focus
7G.I. Joe: Retaliation$316,36319%2,707-468$117$117,061,1845Paramount
8Olympus Has Fallen$298,57014%2,334-304$128$93,732,2426FilmDistrict
9Jurassic Park 3D$240,24024%1,848-482$130$42,499,3404Universal
10Scary Movie 5$219,73420%2,733-669$80$27,874,3583Weinstein / Dimension
11Evil Dead$213,9148%2,186-637$98$52,266,5984Sony / TriStar
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$133,5463%1,610-435$83$226,521,5548Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$211,0571%363--$581$2,635,1371Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$94,7996%942-463$101$50,814,8575Lionsgate
3Filly Brown$41,66721%25971$161$2,378,9382Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Jack the Giant Slayer$35,77415%365110$98$63,800,8209Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Host (2013)$34,1809%611-745$56$25,932,5315Open Road
6Identity Thief$25,50020%425-55$60$133,207,74012Universal
7Silver Linings Playbook$24,25424%361-506$67$131,466,85324Weinstein Company
8The Lords of Salem$22,9412%280-75$82$1,083,9772Anchor Bay Films
9The Sapphires$19,3759%12612$154$1,452,9526Weinstein Company
10Snitch (2013)$17,63113%25291$70$42,359,15110Lionsgate / Summit
11Admission$16,71859%279-206$60$17,720,1436Focus
12Trance$16,23821%157-286$103$2,149,7034Fox Searchlight
13Quartet$13,46425%130-46$104$18,029,62216Weinstein Company
14Safe Haven$12,70227%259-66$49$71,111,43011Relativity Media
15Life of Pi$9,71832%131-62$74$124,683,57323Fox
16Escape From Planet Earth$9,47620%28343$33$55,067,71011Weinstein Company
1721 And Over$8,274-7%13686$61$25,611,2909Relativity Media
18Warm Bodies$7,778-3%190-50$41$66,283,78813Lionsgate / Summit
19The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$7,55216%185-80$41$22,479,8687Warner Bros. / New Line
20Side Effects (2013)$7,31015%108-537$68$32,007,75612Open Road
21A Good Day to Die Hard$5,29534%122-48$43$67,244,02611Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$18,708-19%72-98$260$1,048,4858Gathr Films
2Spring Breakers$10,89044%72-50$151$13,959,6817A24
3To the Arctic 3D$9,46982%520$182$12,311,72454Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$5,71691%300$191$22,540,476108Warner Bros. / IMAX
5From Up on Poppy Hill$4,69812%44-4$107$809,6477GKIDS
6Dark Skies$2,71611%63-28$43$17,348,94710Weinstein / Dimension
7Kon-Tiki$2,378-14%2--$1,189$27,2981Weinstein Company
8Camp (2013)$2,315-18%28-4$83$298,47910Freestyle Releasing
9Django Unchained$2,11649%38-39$56$162,792,97118Weinstein Company
10Starbuck$1,99429%27-2$74$3,729,5056eOne Films US
11Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,88630%10$1,886$27,6682Rialto Pictures
12The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,71213%25-6$68$518,7389Methinx Entertainment
13Parental Guidance$1,46511%61-29$24$77,224,64118Fox
14Emperor$1,05634%25-39$42$3,297,4708Roadside Attractions
15Settai$322313%1-1$322$87,6604UTV Motion Pictures
16Not Today$273-25%3-17$91$148,3353Freestyle Releasing
17Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$251-36%1--$251$18,6478Rialto Pictures