'American Sniper' Continues to Lead Comfortably on Monday with $4.18MJanuary 27, 2015 12:26 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's American Sniper took in $4.18 million on Monday to continue to lead the daily box office with ease. The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed film starring Bradley Cooper was down 76 percent from Sunday and down 77 percent from last Monday's inflated Martin Luther King Day performance. American Sniper has grossed a massive $204.58 million after eleven days of wide release. That places the film an extremely impressive 59 percent ahead of the $128.52 million eleven-day take of 2013's Gravity. Given the magnitude of its grosses and its continued strong holding power, American Sniper looks like it will have no problem remaining in first place over the upcoming weekend.

The Boy Next Door claimed second place with $0.820 million. The Jennifer Lopez led thriller from Universal was down 76 percent from Sunday. The Boy Next Door has grossed $15.73 million in four days, which is towards the higher end of pre-release expectations and represents a good start, especially with the film's low production budget in mind. The Boy Next Door is running 21 percent ahead of the $13.05 million four-day take of 2010's The Back-Up Plan.

Sony's The Wedding Ringer placed in third with $0.684 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad was down 76 percent from Sunday and down 80 percent from last Monday. The Wedding Ringer surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed $40.07 million in eleven days. The film is currently running 3 percent ahead of the $38.84 million eleven-day take of last year's About Last Night.

Paddington took fourth place with $0.527 million. The well received family film from The Weinstein Company was down 86 percent from Sunday and down a very sharp 92 percent from last Monday's holiday inflated take. Paddington also surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed $40.46 million in eleven days. That places the film just below the $40.67 million eleven-day take of last year's The Nut Job.

Fellow Weinstein Company release The Imitation Game rounded out Monday's top five with $0.485 million. The Best Picture nominee starring Benedict Cumberbatch was down 72 percent from Sunday and down 60 percent from last Monday. The Imitation Game continues to display strong holding power and has grossed a healthy $60.94 million to date.

Lionsgate's Mortdecai and Disney's Strange Magic continued their poor starts with respective eighth place and tenth place grosses of $0.274 million and $0.222 million. Strange Magic has only managed $5.73 million in four days, while the four-day start for Mortdecai stands at an even softer $4.47 million.  Both films will obviously disappear from theatres quickly.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 28 - Sun, Jun. 30

Wide (1000+)

1Monsters University$46,180,000-44%4,0040$11,533$171,005,4482Disney
2The Heat$40,000,000--3,181--$12,575$40,000,0001Fox
3World War Z$29,800,000-55%3,6070$8,262$123,722,2942Paramount
4White House Down$25,700,000--3,222--$7,976$25,700,0001Sony / Columbia
5Man of Steel$20,820,000-50%4,131-76$5,040$248,660,1063Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$8,700,000-35%2,710-345$3,210$74,681,0093Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$5,500,000-30%2,564-259$2,145$104,680,5915Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$2,400,000-51%1,550-867$1,548$233,302,7706Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$2,040,000-36%1,035-530$1,971$220,500,8677Paramount
10The Internship$1,425,000-58%1,008-908$1,414$41,705,0864Fox
11The Purge$1,229,000-66%1,122-1079$1,095$62,791,7204Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Iron Man 3$1,403,000-37%540-384$2,598$405,435,0569Disney
2The Bling Ring$850,000-58%630-20$1,349$4,363,3053A24
4Before Midnight$666,047-26%290-151$2,297$5,743,3386Sony Pictures Classics
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$589,500-22%21711$2,717$2,207,2484Roadside Attractions
6The Croods$460,000-9%307-17$1,498$184,412,27015Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The East$255,000-30%185-10$1,378$1,640,0645Fox Searchlight
8Mud$195,500-37%160-53$1,222$20,560,42510Roadside Attractions
9The Big Wedding$93,00028%101-40$921$21,762,86110Lionsgate
10Scary Movie 5$75,000-10%122-12$615$31,800,73512Weinstein / Dimension
11G.I. Joe: Retaliation$74,000-18%118-21$627$122,395,57114Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

120 Feet from Stardom$232,517261%4438$5,284$415,3963RADiUS-TWC
2Fill the Void$184,636-1%6115$3,027$912,8116Sony Pictures Classics
3Frances Ha$160,000-9%90-48$1,778$3,482,1087IFC Films
4The Attack$139,794411%3633$3,883$181,9742Cohen Media Group
5I'm So Excited$102,730--5--$20,546$102,7301Sony Pictures Classics
6Unfinished Song$95,141270%1917$5,007$134,7082Weinstein Company
7Dirty Wars$45,000-1%3010$1,500$275,4704IFC Films
8Stories We Tell$32,000-24%23-10$1,391$1,389,1418Roadside Attractions
9Museum Hours$29,435--2--$14,718$29,4351Cinema Guild
10A Band Called Death$28,511--13--$2,193$28,5111Drafthouse Films
11Byzantium$18,000--6--$3,000$18,0001IFC Films
12What Maisie Knew$16,466-49%18-15$915$994,2129Millenium Entertainment
13How to Make Money Selling Drugs$15,285--5--$3,057$20,0971Tribeca Film
14Pain and Gain$11,000-55%26-24$423$49,360,18910Paramount
15The Iceman$3,982-42%5-7$796$1,930,4019Millennium Entertainment