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 Fri, Feb. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$17,094,132--3,775--$4,528$17,094,1321Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$6,914,842--3,083--$2,243$6,914,8421Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$2,603,945271%2,800-67$930$98,326,5354Universal
4That Awkward Moment$1,724,174182%2,8090$614$13,032,2092Focus
5Vampire Academy$1,423,731--2,676--$532$1,423,7311Weinstein Company
6Lone Survivor$1,391,465135%2,869-416$485$108,677,7517Universal
7Frozen (2013)$1,388,839159%2,460-294$565$363,153,46512Disney
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$923,54198%2,139-768$432$41,792,9564Paramount
9Labor Day (2013)$904,787122%2,5840$350$7,847,1832Paramount
10American Hustle$750,65597%1,640-576$458$135,767,7359Sony / Columbia
11The Nut Job$720,187121%3,004-468$240$51,992,8514Open Road
12The Wolf of Wall Street$636,72790%1,167-440$546$105,950,5517Paramount
13I, Frankenstein$379,44140%1,427-1326$266$16,386,7343Lionsgate
14August: Osage County$370,10219%1,327-992$279$33,179,2227Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$375,48370%701-431$536$265,178,28319Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$194,45116%678-494$287$46,725,72517Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$189,45440%504-63$376$28,064,37612Weinstein Company
4Her (2013)$183,93948%457-346$402$21,916,8268Warner Bros.
5Nebraska$170,01613%525-350$324$14,410,08413Paramount Vantage
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$164,611103%529-293$311$421,915,39612Lionsgate
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$157,70743%537-396$294$254,867,8859Warner Bros. / New Line
8Dallas Buyers Club$144,93518%488-564$297$23,217,42115Focus
9Devil's Due$93,86849%385-905$244$15,178,5534Fox
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$70,283138%346-74$203$124,604,5488Paramount
11The Legend Of Hercules$57,62032%248-350$232$18,213,4275Lionsgate / Summit
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$55,33971%242-168$229$57,064,1687Fox
13Grudge Match$38,688354%341100$113$29,415,4207Warner Bros.
14Inside Llewyn Davis$37,29923%129-85$289$12,633,93310CBS Films
15Walking With Dinosaurs$31,899137%251-72$127$35,059,1148Fox
16Captain Phillips$30,23652%182-63$166$106,655,01718Sony / Columbia
17The Book Thief$30,05416%135-43$223$20,877,12614Fox
18Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$25,831149%197-23$131$119,177,75820Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$18,246201%103-47$177$32,334,5966Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$15,469143%115-48$135$52,474,3139Lionsgate
21Free Birds$5,87064%109-26$54$55,538,93715Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$92,197--88--$1,048$92,1971Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$56,568273%6536$870$361,3053Roadside Attractions
3Gimme Shelter (2014)$13,645-43%76-271$180$1,293,8203Roadside Attractions
4Last Vegas$5,924-28%60-44$99$63,864,61415CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,705-36%46-31$102$8,170,11511Weinstein Company
6Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,066--1--$2,066$2,0661Rialto Pictures
7Knights of Badassdom$1,367-82%9-2$152$82,9943eOne Films US
8All Is Lost$858-38%12-13$72$6,250,84717Roadside Attractions
9At Middleton$832-68%8-12$104$47,3272Anchor Bay / Freestyle
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$456-64%11-41$41$116,629,94426Weinstein Company
11Love Is in the Air$415-10%3-3$138$6,9482Focus World
12The Pretty One$309--1--$309$3091Dada Films
13Demi-Soeur$206--1--$206$2061Rialto Premieres