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, Oct. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$2,277,175-2%3,820160$596$179,514,3613Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$1,329,508-3%3,0200$440$58,274,0432Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$843,393-3%3,157--$267$20,121,3551Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$634,922-10%2,883--$220$13,083,5821Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$489,82830%3,602-272$136$94,511,2544Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$174,357-10%2,160-695$81$58,059,0625Warner Bros.
7Runner Runner$137,544-14%2,011-1015$68$18,259,4203Fox
8The Fifth Estate$126,372-12%1,769--$71$2,277,4661Disney / DreamWorks
9Rush (2013)$125,0900%1,197-933$105$25,155,8395Universal
10Machete Kills$120,004-8%2,5380$47$6,963,3912Open Road
11Don Jon$112,120-12%1,114-882$101$23,005,6234Relativity Media
12Insidious: Chapter 2$90,2477%1,665-491$54$81,253,3856FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$173,881-7%757151$230$11,466,0925Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$60,361-4%865-455$70$20,277,7684Fox Searchlight
3We're the Millers$59,015-17%881-269$67$147,979,23311Warner Bros. / New Line
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$56,80310%457--$124$1,210,1721High Top Releasing
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$50,5027%602-378$84$114,473,10310Weinstein Company
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$31,83050%4610$69$1,034,8952Relativity Media
7Despicable Me 2$31,79523%395-39$80$363,858,26016Universal
8Instructions Not Included$27,010-9%475-236$57$43,672,6168Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Pulling Strings$26,889-17%43810$61$5,305,6733Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Family (2013)$24,063-3%483-567$50$36,396,7526Relativity Media
11Grace Unplugged$19,77739%313-189$63$2,246,1133Roadside Attractions
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$18,14620%350-54$52$66,993,97411Fox
13The Wolverine$15,3916%207-20$74$132,141,34713Fox
14Riddick$12,525-2%253-177$50$41,937,7307Universal
152 Guns$9,5151%135-31$70$75,612,46012Universal
16The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$7,246-10%1470$49$473,6262Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
17The Heat$6,8387%103-36$66$159,429,82817Fox
18Turbo$6,67110%149-38$45$82,654,95014Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$4,44436%113-32$39$137,359,66714Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$77,848-7%19--$4,097$1,259,9431Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$10,102-14%6--$1,684$138,1871Roadside Attractions
3Linsanity$7,691511%9-7$855$239,9463Ketchup Entertainment
4In a World...$5,37516%47-7$114$2,856,18511Roadside Attractions
5The Spectacular Now$3,58426%5421$66$6,823,35512A24
6Haute Cuisine$3,4866%21-9$166$203,4735Weinstein Company
7The World's End$2,491-5%40-33$62$25,943,7699Focus
8Fruitvale Station$1,20127%20-21$60$16,090,61715Weinstein Company
9We Are What We Are (2013)$1,1237%12-1$94$68,4464eOne Films US
10Thanks for Sharing$858-28%14-2$61$1,049,7955Roadside Attractions
11Populaire$841-35%14-7$60$179,0917Weinstein Company
12Torn$772-22%1--$772$8,3081The Film Collective
13The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$43445%53$87$23,4714Rialto Pictures
14The Grandmaster$291111%9-7$32$6,594,9599Weinstein Company