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 Mon, Jan. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$7,110,210-32%2,663--$2,670$48,626,3801Universal
2The Nut Job$6,277,0007%3,427--$1,832$25,700,0001Open Road
3Frozen (2013)$4,296,6988%2,979-260$1,442$336,699,9139Disney
4Lone Survivor$3,870,755-24%2,989114$1,295$76,739,6914Universal
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,582,745-21%3,387--$763$18,034,7261Paramount
6American Hustle$1,898,632-21%2,204-425$861$117,596,1866Sony / Columbia
7August: Osage County$1,436,365-30%2,0511146$700$19,390,3564Weinstein Company
8The Wolf of Wall Street$1,301,040-28%1,930-591$674$91,147,0214Paramount
9Saving Mr. Banks$955,486-7%2,449-222$390$76,115,0126Disney
10Devil's Due$837,138-54%2,544--$329$9,145,3581Fox
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$835,207-21%1,815-1260$460$249,360,0096Warner Bros. / New Line
12Her (2013)$797,775-28%1,7290$461$15,831,6195Warner Bros.
13The Legend Of Hercules$757,752-25%2,1040$360$15,130,5462Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$568,638-16%1,328-434$428$418,019,6119Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$411,117-24%1,731-1281$238$122,510,2395Paramount
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$351,4487%1,037-1547$339$55,447,2894Fox
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$202,127-48%1,569-1314$129$31,535,3523Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$440,224-10%944789$466$258,717,93016Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$429,491-1%761647$564$41,073,62714Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$288,162-18%505-102$571$24,312,0279Weinstein Company
4Dallas Buyers Club$225,695-20%419294$539$18,038,91512Focus
5Nebraska$203,517-8%408-113$499$9,861,44210Paramount Vantage
6Inside Llewyn Davis$194,907-21%585-144$333$11,239,3327CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$126,752-5%903789$140$105,768,18515Sony / Columbia
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$125,37036%256-8$490$118,552,55617Sony / Columbia
9Walking With Dinosaurs$106,4741%454-885$235$34,402,7285Fox
1047 Ronin$66,885-45%343-1016$195$37,667,1054Universal
11The Book Thief$60,5853%190-113$319$20,217,87811Fox
12Thor: The Dark World$53,350--185-72$288$204,286,53611Disney
13Free Birds$45,58117%199-33$229$55,320,37612Relativity Media
14Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$34,298-20%391-649$88$52,256,3876Lionsgate
15Grudge Match$30,953-19%408-1597$76$29,090,2404Warner Bros.
16Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$26,10317%122-241$214$8,002,9808Weinstein Company
17Last Vegas$22,718-27%194-46$117$63,626,03912CBS Films
18Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$15,366-41%154-38$100$101,978,84013Paramount
19Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,192-5%119-17$128$116,544,50923Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Past$21,427--30--$714$398,0505Sony Pictures Classics
2The Invisible Woman$18,660--26--$718$279,4964Sony Pictures Classics
3Hubble 3D$16,786--12--$1,399$42,202,570201Warner Bros. / IMAX
4All Is Lost$14,97649%62-7$242$6,192,16514Roadside Attractions
5Blue Jasmine$10,208--28--$365$33,155,72826Sony Pictures Classics
6Delivery Man$10,120--79--$128$30,079,2509Disney / DreamWorks
7Out of the Furnace$8,861-21%9760$91$11,273,3487Relativity Media
8Space Station 3D$6,852--3--$2,284$89,873,976614IMAX
9Like Father, Like Son (2014)$4,469--2--$2,235$20,5131IFC Films
10Journey to the South Pacific$3,684--4--$921$108,0198IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,650--24-9$152$68,552,87624Fox
12Blue Is the Warmest Color$3,583--12--$299$2,147,00813IFC Films
13The Best Offer$2,066--6--$344$21,6263IFC Films
14In Bloom$1,954--2--$977$21,1422Big World Pictures
15Big Bad Wolves$1,545--6--$258$7,8871Magnolia / Magnet
16Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,3765%2--$688$40,57520Rialto Pictures
17The Armstrong Lie$1,300--9--$144$368,80711Sony Pictures Classics
18Maidentrip$1,283--1--$1,283$17,6095First Run Features
19Born to Be Wild 3D$1,165--7--$166$23,137,632146Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Kill Your Darlings$1,083--12--$90$1,015,19614Sony Pictures Classics
21Life of a King$478--16--$30$5,7091Millennium Entertainment
22Under the Sea 3D$414--4--$104$33,724,945258Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Muscle Shoals$392--11--$36$682,00517Magnolia Pictures
24Wadjda$342--8--$43$1,422,51819Sony Pictures Classics
25To the Arctic 3D$179--8--$22$13,765,76492Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Indigo Children$131152%1--$131$1,9601Striped Entertainment
27Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$55-66%10$55$4,7902Anchor Bay Films