Grosses

'American Sniper' Surpasses $200M Mark After Dominating with $64.6M; 'The Boy Next Door' Debuts with Solid $14.9MJanuary 26, 2015 01:04 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's American Sniper continued to absolutely dominate the box office this weekend with a first place take of $64.37 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 $14.91 million. Universal's low-budget thriller starring Jennifer Lopez performed towards 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 22 percent ahead of the $12.20 million start of 2010's The Back-Up Plan (which also starred Lopez) and debuted 13 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 $5.50 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 place with $4.20 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 $12.27 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 has grossed a very solid $39.94 million in ten days. That places the film just below 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 $11.31 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad was down a respectable 45 percent from last weekend. The Wedding Ringer has grossed $39.39 million in ten days, which is on the lower end of expectations. The film is now running 3 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 $7.41 million. The third installment of the Liam Neeson led franchise was down a significant 50 percent from last weekend. Taken 3 has grossed $75.86 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 claimed sixth and eighth place with estimated takes of $6.95 million and $5.42 million. With aid from expanding into an additional 414 locations, The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game was up a strong 2 percent over last weekend. Paramount's Selma fell 38 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 $60.45 million for The Imitation Game and at $39.14 million for Selma.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Jul. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$24,546,980-30%3,956--$6,205$59,557,6450Universal
2The Lone Ranger$9,853,0432%3,904--$2,524$19,504,1610Disney
3The Heat$6,403,42922%3,181--$2,013$61,495,2881Fox
4Monsters University$5,228,602-3%3,739-265$1,398$196,537,6322Disney
5World War Z$4,355,3588%3,405-202$1,279$140,580,6752Paramount
6White House Down$3,512,10132%3,222--$1,090$37,006,7631Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$3,015,17028%2,965-1242$1,017$259,774,1533Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$1,141,090-7%2,104-951$542$79,804,1533Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$673,12735%1,606-1217$419$107,645,4125Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$2,586,788-46%876--$2,953$7,360,7040Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$323,18745%660-905$490$221,754,5637Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$212,660-5%686-1731$310$234,415,1106Universal
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$153,58449%22216$692$2,607,6594Roadside Attractions
5Iron Man 3$122,7992%294-630$418$405,929,3199Disney
6Epic$100,6111%341-1653$295$103,531,3336Fox
7The Internship$95,10717%367-1549$259$42,302,8034Fox
8The Croods$91,10213%288-36$316$184,782,84615Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9After Earth$86,17628%270-896$319$58,504,7045Sony / Columbia
10The Bling Ring$79,1772%159-491$498$4,797,1173A24
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$66,13828%185-177$358$142,623,6188Warner Bros.
12The Hangover Part III$61,82815%338-192$183$110,903,5456Warner Bros.
13The East$58,93466%122-73$483$1,800,8225Fox Searchlight
14The Purge$55,955-3%361-1840$155$63,230,4104Universal
15Mud$45,81784%168-45$273$20,699,00010Roadside Attractions
1642 (2013)$38,17654%182-143$210$94,691,65912Warner Bros.
17Pain and Gain$21,78027%170120$128$49,402,28910Paramount
18Olympus Has Fallen$19,01146%165-12$115$98,834,31215FilmDistrict
19Scary Movie 5$6,423-9%122-12$53$31,850,58212Weinstein / Dimension
20Escape From Planet Earth$5,53124%101-37$55$56,876,26420Weinstein Company
21The Big Wedding$4,58657%101-40$45$21,819,34810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$26,826113%1917$1,412$195,2202Weinstein Company
2The Kings of Summer$22,39965%48-17$467$987,9365CBS Films
3Copperhead$11,09641%59--$188$94,8341Brainstorm Media
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$10,15039%85-54$119$122,442,08614Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,10455%300$270$22,918,279117Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Ghanchakkar$7,533-7%89--$85$188,4171UTV Motion Pictures
7Stories We Tell$7,51152%23-10$327$1,405,4718Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$6,46863%34-19$190$1,381,65610Weinstein Company
9The Sapphires$4,36938%18-11$243$2,408,63215Weinstein Company
10To the Arctic 3D$4,325-7%520$83$12,947,89263Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Redemption (2013)$3,551107%19--$187$31,1471Roadside Attractions
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,75615%1--$1,756$37,13811Rialto Pictures
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$408-27%6-2$68$499,5179eOne Films US
14Not Today$228-53%52$46$312,46312Freestyle Releasing
15Detention of the Dead$1729%2--$86$1,7781Anchor Bay Films
16The Stroller Strategy$8857%1--$88$3,4623Rialto Premieres
17Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$44--1-16$44$6,9052High Top Releasing
18Lost and Found in Armenia$34-86%21$17$119,9884High Top Releasing