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Weekend Report: 'Sniper' Scores Stunning $64 Million in Second Weekend

by Ray Subers
American Sniper
 

 
January 25, 2015

Coming off a very surprising opening, American Sniper reinforced its status as a box office heavyweight by scoring one of the biggest second weekends ever.

With over $200 million in the bank already, Sniper is now on track to be the highest-grossing movie from 2014 (it opened in New York and Los Angeles on Christmas Day).

Among the new releases, Jennifer Lopez's The Boy Next Door got off to a decent start, while Mortdecai and Strange Magic were dead on arrival.

Expanding to 3,705 locations—the widest release ever for an R-rated movie—American Sniper added $64.6 million this weekend. That ranks eighth all-time among second weekends, ahead of movies like The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games and The Passion of the Christ.

That $64.6 million tally is off just 28 percent from the movie's opening frame, which is the best second weekend hold ever for a movie that opened above $80 million.

With fantastic word-of-mouth and a few more weeks of light competition, American Sniper should continue to hold well in the coming weeks. It will likely close north of $350 million—good enough for the top movie of 2014—and it even has an outside chance at reaching $400 million.

Playing at 2,602 locations, The Boy Next Door opened to $14.9 million this weekend. That's lower than The Call's $17.1 million, though it is at least noticeably higher than Lopez's last starring major starring vehicle (The Back-Up Plan, $12.2 million).

The movie's audience was 71 percent female and 60 percent over the age of 25. With mixed word-of-mouth ("B-" CinemaScore) and horrible reviews, this probably won't hold up all that well; look for a final total right around $40 million.

Paddington
took third place with $12.3 million, which is off 35 percent from its opening. To date, the family flick has earned $39.9 million, and could ultimately top $70 million.

The Wedding Ringer
was off 45 percent to $11.3 million. That hold is better than that of recent Kevin Hart movies Ride Along (49 percent) and Think Like a Man (48 percent). The Wedding Ringer has now earned $39.4 million, and is on its way to around $60 million total.

Taken 3
rounded out the Top Five with $7.4 million, which brings its total to $75.9 million. It remains unlikely that this reaches $100 million.

The Imitation Game
expanded in to a few hundred additional theaters and was up two percent to $6.94 million. It's now earned $60.5 million, which puts it ahead of fellow Best Picture contender The Grand Budapest Hotel.

George Lucas' Strange Magic opened to $5.5 million this weekend, which is one of the worst debuts ever for a movie playing at over 3,000 locations. It's essentially in the same range as past animated bombs like Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil, Valiant, Everyone's Hero and Happily N'Ever After.

Strange Magic
's audience was 56 percent female and 38 percent under the age of 13. It's unlikely that Disney is able to keep these screens after the second week, which means the movie is almost guaranteed to finish below $15 million.

Selma
fell 38 percent to $5.4 million. To date, the Oscar-nominated civil rights drama has earned $39.1 million.

Playing at 2,648 locations, Mortdecai took ninth place with a disastrous $4.2 million. Among Johnny Depp's recent movies, that's less than half of Transcendence's opening ($10.9 million), and also is remarkably lower than The Rum Diary $5.14 million debut. It's also the worst start ever for a Lionsgate movie playing at over 2,500 theaters.

With abysmal reviews and horrible word-of-mouth ("C+" CinemaScore), Mortdecai is going to drop like a rock from here; there's a real chance that this finishes below $10 million.

Playing at 482 locations, Jennifer Aniston's Cake opened to $916,179 million this weekend. Missing $1 million is a bit disappointing considering the amount of attention the movie has received in the past few weeks.

Best Picture nominee Whiplash expanded to 567 theaters—its widest release yet—and earned an estimated $787,000 this weekend. To date, the movie has grossed $7.6 million.

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Forecast
'Sniper' to Easily Fight Off Weak Competition This Weekend

Last Weekend
'Sniper' Sets January Record with Stunning $89 Million Debut

This Timeframe in Past Years:
• 2014 -
'Ride Along' Runs Over 'I, Frankenstein'
• 2013 - 'Hansel' Slays 'Parker,' 'Movie 43'
• 2012 - 'The Grey' Leads the Pack
• 2011 - 'Rite' Possesses Top Spot
• 2010 - 'Avatar' Unfazed in Seventh Outing
• 2009 - 'Paul Blart' Clamps Down 'Rise of the Lycans'
• 2007 - 'Epic,' 'Aces' Smoke Oscar
• 2006 - 'Big Momma' Jams, 'Nanny McPhee' Floats, 'Bubble' Bursts
• 2005 - 'Hide and Seek' Comes Out on Top

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