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, Sep. 3 - Sun, Sep. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$13,177,790--2,823--$4,668$16,321,5751Focus
2Machete$11,416,164--2,670--$4,276$11,416,1641Fox
3Takers$10,876,732-47%2,2060$4,931$37,327,5572Sony / Screen Gems
4The Last Exorcism$7,341,976-64%2,8740$2,555$32,114,3602Lionsgate
5Going the Distance (2010)$6,884,964--3,030--$2,272$6,884,9641Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Expendables$6,620,133-31%3,3980$1,948$92,187,9034Lionsgate
7The Other Guys$5,287,889-16%2,607-574$2,028$106,754,1005Sony / Columbia
8Eat Pray Love$4,800,758-30%2,663-445$1,803$68,904,7924Sony / Columbia
9Inception$4,572,249-6%1,704-366$2,683$277,145,5038Warner Bros.
10Nanny McPhee Returns$3,533,925-25%2,708-90$1,305$22,399,9003Universal
11Vampires Suck$3,196,167-39%2,434-799$1,313$32,494,8243Fox
12The Switch (2010)$3,119,557-32%1,885-132$1,655$21,494,6973Miramax
13Despicable Me$2,984,0154%1,600-233$1,865$240,434,9659Universal
14Piranha 3D$2,432,258-43%1,789-702$1,360$22,528,0653Weinstein Company
15Lottery Ticket$2,151,388-44%1,310-663$1,642$20,509,0853Warner Bros.
16Toy Story 3$1,944,80192%1,520920$1,279$408,100,17412Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$2,257,595-44%8120$2,780$757,543,63438Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,553,475-38%807-759$1,925$28,835,3854Universal
3Salt$1,257,471-33%705-463$1,784$115,218,4687Sony / Columbia
4Get Low$1,204,465-27%560-10$2,151$5,403,3976Sony Pictures Classics
5Dinner for Schmucks$1,031,661-42%804-697$1,283$70,923,1746Paramount / DreamWorks
6Step Up 3D$794,628-35%434-467$1,831$41,083,5405Disney
7Grown Ups$602,662125%383120$1,574$160,047,47211Sony / Columbia
8Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$466,048-31%455-368$1,024$42,032,2446Warner Bros.
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$447,51669%35745$1,254$61,623,5278Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$434,120-16%396-80$1,096$298,687,34110Summit
11The Kids Are All Right$393,425-25%239-103$1,646$19,790,6479Focus
12The Last Airbender$321,488-23%257-49$1,251$131,058,41910Paramount
13Hubble 3D$278,1196%123-28$2,261$14,992,57225Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Ramona and Beezus$265,647-17%305-49$871$25,205,0487Fox
15The Karate Kid (2010)$246,132-1%227-28$1,084$176,238,16513Sony / Columbia
16The Girl Who Played With Fire$236,420-20%157-19$1,506$6,577,8199Music Box
17Shrek Forever After$195,3581%179-28$1,091$238,319,04316Paramount / DreamWorks
18Charlie St. Cloud$155,110-27%220-113$705$30,966,9006Universal
19Knight and Day$136,333-25%142-87$960$76,203,92211Fox
20Predators$100,312-34%111-76$904$51,775,3209Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mao's Last Dancer$338,17913%9520$3,560$1,676,1893Samuel Goldwyn
2We Are Family$296,907--78--$3,807$296,9071UTV Communications
3Cairo Time$173,596-5%557$3,156$857,0975IFC
4The Tillman Story$136,399331%2419$5,683$260,4793Weinstein Company
5Winter's Bone$117,359-17%90-27$1,304$5,608,96313Roadside Attractions
6Animal Kingdom$111,583-10%5617$1,993$536,5054Sony Pictures Classics
7What If...$106,3959%6914$1,542$289,0793Five & Two Pictures
8Mesrine: Killer Instinct$91,376-40%346$2,688$307,4532Music Box
9Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$74,449--31--$2,402$74,4491Music Box
10Under the Sea 3D$63,69418%160$3,981$24,090,39582Warner Bros. / IMAX
11I Am Love$63,555-2%49-3$1,297$4,673,07312Magnolia
12The A-Team$58,938-12%54-38$1,091$77,179,35713Fox
13Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$53,379-50%93-64$574$90,684,97615Disney
14Flipped$50,905-28%282$1,818$751,0465Warner Bros.
15The Concert$45,001-14%200$2,250$439,2467Weinstein Company
16Soul Kitchen$43,422255%156$2,895$111,3703IFC
17The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$38,059-25%18-3$2,114$413,6015National Geographic
18Marmaduke$37,459-7%45-21$832$33,620,74114Fox
19Lebanon$31,32112%173$1,842$192,12247Sony Pictures Classics
20Restrepo$29,801-27%33-4$903$1,172,86111National Geographic
21Peepli Live$29,695-51%26-19$1,142$748,1284UTV Communications
22Centurion$28,730-33%197$1,512$90,7602Magnolia
23A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$27,330--5--$5,466$27,3301Sony Pictures Classics
24Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$25,884-29%18-3$1,438$485,1947NeoClassics
25The Extra Man$23,705-9%284$847$369,4626Magnolia
26Last Train Home$20,418--1--$20,418$20,4181Zeitgeist Films
27The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$18,006-20%24-5$750$10,014,65025Music Box
28Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$15,5792%24-4$649$1,619,66913Sony Pictures Classics
29Cyrus$14,874-9%26-6$572$7,378,45812Fox Searchlight
30A Film Unfinished$14,203-30%50$2,841$119,6823Oscilloscope
31Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$13,452-2%72$1,922$194,8067Arthouse Films
32Agora$13,109106%6-3$2,185$573,86915Newmarket
33Micmacs$11,80636%229$537$1,205,74815Sony Classics
34My Dog Tulip$11,550--1--$11,550$16,4221New Yorker Films
35Exit Through the Gift Shop$11,423-11%5-4$2,285$3,215,53221Producers Distribution Agency
36Solitary Man$10,232-6%245$426$4,337,37816Anchor Bay
37Change of Plans$9,278-40%20$4,639$33,3372IFC
38The Disappearance of Alice Creed$8,888-15%6-1$1,481$144,4205Anchor Bay
39La Soga$8,700-49%5-7$1,740$159,39247-57 Releasing
40Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$7,635-6%164$477$2,918,65513IFC
41The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$6,980-7%12-1$582$6,346,00621Sony Pictures Classics
42Ondine$6,69057%3-1$2,230$540,75627Magnolia
43Life During Wartime$6,363-56%8-6$795$256,0997IFC
44Date Night$6,045-41%11-2$550$98,710,29022Fox
45White Wedding (2009)$5,859--4--$1,465$5,8591Dada Films
46The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$5,646232%1-20$5,646$103,20422International Film Circuit
47Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$5,101-19%9-1$567$361,70011Sony Pictures Classics
48Winnebago Man$4,674-37%70$668$138,8699Kino International
49The People I've Slept With$3,94315%21$1,972$16,3834People Pictures
50Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$3,2561202%32$1,085$364,49318Kino International
51Army of Crime$3,143-28%20$1,572$24,8133Lorber
52The Milk of Sorrow$3,02258%21$1,511$6,4162Olive Films
53Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$2,85897%21$1,429$50,65411Kino International
54Spoken Word$2,546393%20$1,273$26,6227Variance
55Mademoiselle Chambon$2,508-72%5-6$502$313,52415Lorber
56The Nature of Existence$2,297-49%20$1,149$46,74512Walking Shadows
57Please Give$2,105-93%13-32$162$4,020,90619Sony Pictures Classics
58Princess Kaiulani$1,88981%32$630$874,79817Roadside Attractions
59Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$1,425--1--$1,425$23,294,011153National Geographic
60Two in the Wave$1,289--1--$1,289$27,82416Lorber Films
61The Little Traitor$1,275--1--$1,275$374,52339Westchester Films
62Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,053-47%1-1$1,053$672,36025Zeitgeist
63Countdown to Zero$1,0110%51$202$253,3907Magnolia
64Mother and Child$975-41%2-2$488$1,100,26218Sony Pictures Classics
65Mugabe and the White African$964--1--$964$6,4497First Run
66The Sicilian Girl$789-43%2-1$395$23,6745Music Box
67John Rabe$578--1--$578$56,18516Strand
68Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$45080%10$450$67,66514Indican Pictures
69Everyone Else$31396%10$313$93,60064Cinema Guild
70Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$88--1--$88$12,5104First Run Features