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 Fri, Sep. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$6,974,348--3,260--$2,139$6,974,3481Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$4,678,235290%3,155106$1,483$51,033,4952FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$2,112,962123%3,0910$684$20,753,4842Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$1,423,145--2,008--$709$1,423,1451Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$1,348,243198%3,003-235$449$134,854,5407Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,164,954128%2,931-308$397$103,313,0686Weinstein Company
7Riddick$1,012,37091%3,022-95$335$34,520,6603Universal
8Planes$545,882239%2,446-293$223$84,228,1757Disney
9Elysium$406,01695%1,392-328$292$89,729,7257Sony / TriStar
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$402,805336%1,473-165$273$62,874,6167Fox
11One Direction: This Is Us$306,120273%1,706-594$179$27,626,1104Sony / TriStar
12Despicable Me 2$286,140375%1,004-2$285$359,656,54012Universal
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$178,741104%1,047-529$171$30,183,2725Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,372,960350%97845$1,404$29,934,6854Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$754,761--318--$2,373$754,7611Warner Bros.
3The World's End$210,85273%833-410$253$24,718,1655Focus
42 Guns$191,760111%752-156$255$74,009,4258Universal
5Thanks for Sharing$168,999--269--$628$168,9991Roadside Attractions
6The Conjuring$129,543164%561-115$231$136,337,14110Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Wolverine$127,524173%462-78$276$130,554,3269Fox
8The Spectacular Now$111,30254%571-199$195$6,130,3688A24
9This Is The End$99,12329%527-806$188$100,874,48315Sony / Columbia
10Turbo$90,149277%333-20$271$81,319,48410Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Smurfs 2$87,363--596-97$147$69,138,0348Sony / Columbia
12The Heat$81,996204%310-26$265$158,482,12813Fox
13Grown Ups 2$69,782--258-36$270$131,151,08111Sony / Columbia
14The Grandmaster$65,45924%473-232$138$6,121,8765Weinstein Company
15In a World...$65,194158%1440$453$2,235,3917Roadside Attractions
16The Way, Way Back$62,446136%324-97$193$21,015,06412Fox Searchlight
17Getaway$60,04217%515-863$117$10,266,8704Warner Bros.
18You're Next$58,07037%532-578$109$18,176,9795Lionsgate
19Salinger$53,4561267%138134$387$229,3453Weinstein Company
20World War Z$51,57097%203-77$254$202,000,54114Paramount
21Pacific Rim$46,616144%202-52$231$101,323,92211Warner Bros.
22The Ultimate Life$31,69333%184-228$172$1,196,6053High Top Releasing
23Red 2$31,657186%178-31$178$52,704,71110Lionsgate / Summit
24Kick-Ass 2$28,14526%201-142$140$28,679,3556Universal
25R.I.P.D.$26,425192%151-13$175$33,518,42510Universal
26Jobs$25,08032%152-87$165$15,987,3556Open Road
27Now You See Me$23,955121%133-38$180$117,641,70417Lionsgate / Summit
28Fruitvale Station$12,08017%103-34$117$15,930,76011Weinstein Company
29Closed Circuit$10,603-57%105-308$101$5,707,5644Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rush (2013)$65,571--5--$13,114$65,5711Universal
2Enough Said$62,752141%4--$15,688$116,4861Fox Searchlight
3Paranoia$21,017527%8817$239$7,289,2976Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$11,364--20--$568$11,3641Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$7,79175%205$390$86,1563Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$6,626344%20-10$331$5,279,6267UTV Motion Pictures
7Haute Cuisine$4,096--3--$1,365$4,0961Weinstein Company
8Unfinished Song$3,791113%236$165$1,672,61114Weinstein Company
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,44987%184$136$4,297,19016Roadside Attractions
10Afternoon Delight$1,592--12-27$133$171,0364The Film Arcade
11Satyagraha$1,363-24%9-26$151$732,8304UTV Motion Pictures
12Passion$76813%4-8$192$90,0764eOne Films US
13Jayne Mansfield's Car$558-28%6-5$93$12,9752Anchor Bay Films
14Savannah$363-21%4-2$91$35,9145Ketchup Entertainment
15I Spit on Your Grave 2$204--1--$204$2041Anchor Bay Films
16Stories We Tell$198321%51$40$1,596,22420Roadside Attractions