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 $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 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, Feb. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$12,632,036-25%3,7750$3,346$142,781,3962Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$3,380,151-49%3,372--$1,002$30,007,1931Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$2,438,633-46%3,0830$791$46,582,7902Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$2,189,190-55%2,253--$972$27,838,2011Sony / Screen Gems
5Frozen (2013)$1,830,553-13%2,101-359$871$378,248,34713Disney
6Ride Along$1,120,065-48%2,517-283$445$117,202,6805Universal
7Endless Love (2014)$1,100,480-52%2,896--$380$14,407,6051Universal
8Winter's Tale$709,365-49%2,965--$239$8,007,0591Warner Bros.
9The Nut Job$688,2373%1,918-1086$359$58,277,7805Open Road
10Lone Survivor$563,655-52%2,013-856$280$118,976,2568Universal
11That Awkward Moment$417,532-48%1,922-887$217$21,960,9313Focus
12American Hustle$393,538-43%1,072-568$367$141,847,53410Sony / Columbia
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$344,888-42%1,278-861$270$48,024,0245Paramount
14Philomena$330,873-37%1,225721$270$30,928,44313Weinstein Company
15Vampire Academy$294,648-42%2,6760$110$6,958,2982Weinstein Company
16August: Osage County$173,837-42%1,010-317$172$35,938,9448Weinstein Company
17Labor Day (2013)$159,969-47%1,664-920$96$12,605,2123Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$359,280-44%751-416$478$111,034,8048Paramount
2Gravity$214,657-36%355-346$605$268,172,92620Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$140,535-29%386-292$364$48,355,27518Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$110,038-42%324-201$340$15,910,82514Paramount Vantage
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$108,755-30%285-252$382$256,231,64110Warner Bros. / New Line
6Her (2013)$108,186-39%255-202$424$23,419,1319Warner Bros.
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$91,417-38%326-203$280$423,202,84813Lionsgate
8The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$71,715--167--$429$1,452,3833ShortsHD
9Dallas Buyers Club$70,350-41%223-265$315$24,344,52016Focus
10I, Frankenstein$70,329-49%468-959$150$18,409,3154Lionsgate
11Thor: The Dark World$58,409--212--$276$205,517,63415Disney
12Saving Mr. Banks$50,557--212--$238$82,297,38210Disney
13Walking With Dinosaurs$48,511-19%248-3$196$35,458,2419Fox
14The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$40,966-16%201-41$204$57,497,5148Fox
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$31,284-45%261-85$120$125,118,1359Paramount
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$29,893-10%181-16$165$119,435,06421Sony / Columbia
17Captain Phillips$12,582-45%135-47$93$106,871,72019Sony / Columbia
18Devil's Due$12,159-61%123-262$99$15,630,0135Fox
19Grudge Match$12,087-53%291-50$42$29,673,5868Warner Bros.
20Delivery Man$10,498--114--$92$30,485,80213Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$57,631-44%9833$588$1,011,2284Roadside Attractions
2Journey to the South Pacific$46,721--15--$3,115$543,06812IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
3Beijing Love Story$28,270--9--$3,141$168,3761China Lion Film
4Inside Llewyn Davis$21,808-45%86-43$254$12,961,93011CBS Films
5The Book Thief$21,114-10%94-41$225$21,099,43215Fox
6The Past$21,064--77--$274$1,017,5399Sony Pictures Classics
7The Great Beauty$21,045--52--$405$1,970,45414Janus Films
8Hasee Toh Phasee$20,568-56%77-11$267$575,9462Reliance Entertainment
9Hubble 3D$14,796--16--$925$42,495,132205Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Tim's Vermeer$12,925--12--$1,077$215,6713Sony Pictures Classics
11The Legend Of Hercules$11,546-51%90-158$128$18,530,3886Lionsgate / Summit
12The Invisible Woman$10,492--44--$238$1,051,4828Sony Pictures Classics
13Free Birds$9,432-16%75-34$126$55,618,21316Relativity Media
14Like Father, Like Son (2014)$8,711--15--$581$142,2865IFC Films
15Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,695-57%62-41$92$32,453,3457Paramount
16When Comedy Went to School$5,170--7--$739$273,86329International Film Circuit
17Stranger By the Lake$5,164--9--$574$174,6424Strand Releasing
18Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,344-20%34-12$128$8,221,85612Weinstein Company
19Under the Sea 3D$2,787--4--$697$33,746,274262Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Blue Jasmine$2,730--16--$171$33,268,64230Sony Pictures Classics
21The Last of the Unjust$2,368--4--$592$30,9392Cohen Media Group
22Last Vegas$2,366-44%41-19$58$63,910,58316CBS Films
23Born to Be Wild 3D$2,217--6--$370$23,173,685150Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Jimmy P$2,133--1--$2,133$9,3241IFC Films
25Visitors$1,704--10--$170$44,0994Cinedigm
26To the Arctic 3D$1,675--9--$186$13,810,71496Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,577-26%15-61$105$1,354,4024Roadside Attractions
28Blue Is the Warmest Color$1,352--9--$150$2,190,51017IFC Films
29Knights of Badassdom$1,256-55%2-7$628$101,9604eOne Films US
30The Best Offer$889--8--$111$73,1687IFC Films
31Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$8406%10$840$15,9732Rialto Pictures
32Adult World$585--2--$293$4,3681IFC Films
33All Is Lost$562-50%9-3$62$6,259,62218Roadside Attractions
34The Pretty One$305-45%10$305$4,6392Dada Films
35Kill Your Darlings$295--4--$74$1,028,46718Sony Pictures Classics
36At Middleton$213-59%1-7$213$53,1393Anchor Bay / Freestyle
37Big Bad Wolves$181--3--$60$23,6375Magnolia / Magnet
38Muscle Shoals$72--3--$24$690,27121Magnolia Pictures
39Sweet Dreams (2013)$47--2--$24$33,83816International Film Circuit
40The Armstrong Lie$30--1--$30$381,70315Sony Pictures Classics