Grosses

'American Sniper' Continues to Dominate with $31.85M; 'Project Almanac' Starts Softly with $8.50M; 'Black or White' Lands in Fourth with $6.46M; 'Game of Thrones' Claims a Solid $1.50M in Limited ReleaseFebruary 01, 2015 08:47 AM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's American Sniper dominated the box office for a third consecutive weekend with an estimated $31.85 million. That represented the largest unadjusted Super Bowl weekend gross ever (the previous record being the $31.12 million debut of 2008's Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour). The blockbuster Clint Eastwood directed film starring Bradley Cooper was down a sizable 51 percent from last weekend, as the film clearly took a hit this weekend from its target audience being focused on Super Bowl XLIX. American Sniper will likely re-stabilize next weekend with the Super Bowl out of the way. The film has grossed a massive $248.94 million after 17 days of wide release. That places American Sniper a very impressive 47 percent ahead of the $169.56 million 17-day take of 2013's Gravity.

With moviegoers not interested by the weekend's three new wide releases, Paddington moved into second place with an estimated $8.505 million. The well received family film from The Weinstein Company was up one spot from last weekend and down a slim 31 percent. In addition to being aided by good word of mouth, Paddington also likely received an added boost this weekend from family audiences who wanted to catch the film before Paramount's The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water arrives in the marketplace next weekend. Paddington surpassed the $50 million mark this weekend and has grossed a very solid $50.54 million in 17 days.

Paramount's Project Almanac was the weekend's top opener with an estimated third place start of $8.50 million (with Paddington and Project Almanac currently only separated by $5,000, the race for second place is obviously too close to call). However, the low-budget sci-fi thriller opened significantly below pre-release expectations, as it failed to spark much interest among moviegoers. Project Almanac opened a very disappointing 57 percent below the $19.88 million start of fellow Platinum Dunes film Ouija this past October. Project Almanac was likely hurt at least somewhat by having been delayed by nearly a year. On a positive note, Project Almanac did receive a B rating on CinemaScore, which is very solid given the film's genre.

Relativity's Black or White debuted in fourth with an estimated $6.46 million. The drama starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer opened on the high end of its modest expectations, as the film was able to find a bit of audience this weekend despite poor critical reviews. Black or White performed very similarly to the $6.20 million start of Relativity's Beyond the Lights this past November. Black or White received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore, which suggests that the film is going over significantly better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

The Boy Next Door rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $6.1 million. Universal's low-budget thriller starring Jennifer Lopez was down 3 spots and a very sharp 59 percent from last weekend. The Boy Next Door has grossed a solid $24.69 million in ten days, but is likely to continue to fall off quickly going forward, especially with the upcoming release of Universal's highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey now in the near horizon.

Sony's The Wedding Ringer followed in sixth place with an estimated $5.7 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad fell 50 percent from last weekend. The Wedding Ringer is on the verge of reaching the $50 million mark with a 17-day gross of $48.14 million.

Further down on this weekend's chart nether Open Road's The Loft nor A24's A Most Violent Year were able to pack much punch. The Loft debuted in tenth place with an estimated $2.88 million. Meanwhile, A Most Violent Year landed in thirteenth place with an estimated $1.70 million from 818 locations. The Loft suffered from being given a last minute wide release (after being long delayed), while A Most Violent Year has seen its early momentum come to a halt after not receiving a Best Picture nomination. A Most Violent Year has grossed $3.17 million to date.

Warner's Game of Thrones The IMAX Experience had a far more respectable performance this weekend with an estimated $1.50 million from 205 IMAX locations. That gave the theatrical release consisting of the final two episodes of Season 4 of the popular HBO series a healthy per-location average of $7,322 for the frame. Game of Thrones The IMAX Experience is scheduled to play in IMAX locations through February 5th.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 9 - Sun, Jul. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$56,397,125--3,476--$16,225$56,397,1251Universal
2The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$31,708,438-51%4,4680$7,097$235,370,8152Summit
3Predators$24,760,882--2,669--$9,277$24,706,8821Fox
4Toy Story 3$21,015,958-31%3,753-275$5,600$339,240,8574Disney
5The Last Airbender$16,635,471-59%3,20334$5,194$99,712,7572Paramount
6Grown Ups$15,806,738-17%3,463-71$4,564$110,721,5313Sony / Columbia
7Knight and Day$7,719,251-26%2,628-476$2,937$61,808,1103Fox
8The Karate Kid (2010)$5,365,636-33%2,458-651$2,183$164,301,1245Sony / Columbia
9The A-Team$1,752,421-45%1,236-917$1,418$73,923,5945Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$1,280,47065%200123$6,402$3,426,5454Fox Searchlight
2The Girl Who Played With Fire$904,998--108--$8,380$904,9981Music Box
3Get Him to the Greek$711,625-42%442-442$1,610$59,424,0556Universal
4I Am Love$503,008-5%11131$4,532$2,003,0594Magnolia
5Shrek Forever After$502,392-44%461-496$1,090$233,784,8978Paramount / DreamWorks
6Winter's Bone$456,4956%10623$4,307$2,512,4555Roadside Attractions
7Solitary Man$419,338-16%172-4$2,438$3,505,2798Anchor Bay
8Iron Man 2$392,755-38%333-189$1,179$309,237,29410Paramount
9Marmaduke$353,815-1%383-92$924$31,545,7376Fox
10Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$348,308-50%275-325$1,267$89,004,4407Disney
11Letters to Juliet$336,221-59%241-99$1,395$51,726,0649Summit
12How to Train Your Dragon$317,923-7%254-49$1,252$216,893,96716Paramount / DreamWorks
13Robin Hood$287,925-12%300-78$960$104,494,8059Universal
14Killers (2010)$268,769-43%269-458$999$45,845,6086Lionsgate
15Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$255,063-22%1154$2,218$2,000,5485IFC
16Sex and the City 2$208,711-45%156-199$1,338$94,701,6897Warner Bros. / New Line
17Date Night$188,5631%205-37$920$98,002,74614Fox
18Splice$131,698-22%20464$646$16,762,2086Warner Bros
19The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$129,810-26%110-17$1,180$5,876,72013Sony Pictures Classics
20Please Give$125,392-27%100-45$1,254$3,691,42211Sony Pictures Classics
21Clash of the Titans (2010)$84,260-27%130-45$648$163,102,60015Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$491,971--7--$70,282$491,9711Focus
2Hubble 3D$255,6113%531$4,823$10,272,71717Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$150,597-22%91-18$1,655$9,335,53217Music Box
4I Hate Luv Storys$123,836--79--$1,568$748,3752UTV
5Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$115,605-10%4743$2,460$764,7005Sony Pictures Classics
6Restrepo$93,59060%2515$3,744$265,4623National Geographic
7City Island$83,115-21%65-16$1,279$6,498,01017Anchor Bay
8Grease Sing-a-Long$60,759--12--$5,063$95,7691Paramount
9Under the Sea 3D$56,51726%130$4,347$22,816,25574Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Micmacs$56,388-7%45-5$1,253$945,2717Sony Classics
11Just Wright$53,480-1%80-15$669$21,416,3939Fox Searchlight
12Furry Vengeance$50,461-47%86-21$587$17,596,25611Summit
13Exit Through the Gift Shop$46,021-26%21-10$2,191$2,890,21513Producers Distribution Agency
14Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$40,67328%1711$2,393$166,0383Sony Pictures Classics
15Jonah Hex$40,382-67%65-285$621$10,083,2394Warner Bros.
16Mother and Child$38,970-35%44-33$886$1,000,10110Sony Pictures Classics
17Avatar$36,97129%90$4,108$749,657,40930Fox
18The Back-up Plan$36,432-30%61-36$597$37,447,76712CBS Films
19Ondine$33,961-30%32-6$1,061$421,19919Magnolia
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid$32,305-24%51-19$633$63,870,49717Fox
21A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$28,805-29%53-57$543$63,059,65511Warner Bros. / New Line
22Harry Brown$28,718-49%33-12$870$1,758,63011Samuel Goldwyn
23South of the Border$23,370-33%71$3,339$111,0453Cinema Libre
24La Mission$22,112294%2520$884$1,034,96114Screen Media
25Breathless (2010 re-issue)$19,788389%42$4,947$192,9137Rialto
26The Last Song$18,889-43%41-38$461$62,933,79315Disney
27Love Ranch$17,945-59%8-3$2,243$109,6612E1 Entertainment
28Winnebago Man$16,469--2--$8,235$16,4691Kino International
29Oceans$15,890-63%35-44$454$19,406,40612Disneynature
30Stonewall Uprising$14,090227%106$1,409$84,9644First Run Features
31The Killer Inside Me$13,862-68%14-3$990$146,4444IFC Films
32God of Vampires$13,44029%8-2$1,680$32,0652Nocturnal Features
33Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$11,57260%90$1,286$608,19817Zeitgeist
34Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$8,716--4--$2,179$266,93810Kino International
35The City of Your Final Destination$8,480-48%10-4$848$456,56813Screen Media Films
36[REC] 2$8,191--5--$1,638$8,1911Magnolia
37Best Worst Movie$6,70496%10$6,704$72,50012Area23a
38Holy Rollers$6,197-44%5-8$1,239$294,07924First Independent Pictures
39Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$5,840--2--$2,920$27,8413Kino International
40Racing Dreams$5,529139%1-2$5,529$55,5898Hanover House
41Princess Kaiulani$5,500-1%61$917$846,7719Roadside Attractions
42Around a Small Mountain$5,326--1--$5,326$5,3261Cinema Guild
43The Oath$5,196--3--$1,732$38,86010Zeitgeist
44Mademoiselle Chambon$5,173--4--$1,293$172,9017Lorber
45Agora$3,944-28%1-1$3,944$213,2027Newmarket
46In My Sleep$3,911--1--$3,911$28,84112Morning Star
47The Lottery$3,4326%20$1,716$46,8205Variance Films
48John Rabe$3,301232%31$1,100$50,0508Strand
49Cropsey$3,281229%32$1,094$33,7336Cinema Purgatorio
50The Secret of Kells$3,247-70%10-4$325$681,17119GKIDS
51The Square (2010)$3,080-41%50$616$400,87514Apparition
52Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,909-26%30$970$23,245,005145National Geographic
53The Joneses$2,455-7%21$1,228$1,474,50813Roadside Attractions
54Great Directors$2,418--2--$1,209$10,1062Paladin
55The Little Traitor$2,281--1--$2,281$366,10331Westchester Films
56The Nature of Existence$2,184-63%30$728$15,4034Walking Shadows
57Survival of the Dead$1,91457%2-2$957$101,0557Magnolia / Magnet
58Raajneeti$1,726--5--$345$1,514,5576UTV Communications
59OSS 117: Lost in Rio$1,288-45%2-1$644$84,28465Music Box
60The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,214--1--$1,214$83,77914International Film Circuit
61Behind the Burly Q$1,174117%21$587$18,27712First Run Features
62Only the Brave (2010)$876-81%10$876$142,0607Indican Pictures
63Only When I Dance$820-62%10$820$4,8372Film Movement
64Kings of the Evening$738-72%10$738$80,12722Indican Pictures
65Sweetgrass$648-69%2-2$324$196,18942Cinema Guild
66Chloe$577-46%2-1$289$3,074,83816Sony Pictures Classics
67Everyone Else$562-83%1-2$562$75,44256Cinema Guild
68Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$502-69%10$502$25,7714The Film Desk
69A Town Called Panic$403-58%10$403$163,18830Zeitgeist Films
70The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$343--1--$343$453,33624First Run Features