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, Nov. 5 - Sun, Nov. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Megamind$46,016,833--3,944--$11,668$46,016,8331Paramount / DreamWorks
2Due Date$32,689,406--3,355--$9,743$32,689,4061Warner Bros.
3For Colored Girls$19,497,324--2,127--$9,167$19,497,3241Lionsgate
4Red (2010)$8,652,086-19%3,229-120$2,679$71,664,9624Summit
5Saw 3D$7,731,075-68%2,8080$2,753$38,331,7832Lionsgate
6Paranormal Activity 2$7,034,742-57%3,168-71$2,221$76,959,8643Paramount
7Jackass 3D$4,951,282-42%2,165-974$2,287$110,668,3574Paramount
8Secretariat$4,067,715-19%2,614-494$1,556$51,031,0685Disney
9Hereafter$4,011,397-38%2,365-59$1,696$28,721,0664Warner Bros.
10The Social Network$3,424,860-24%1,860-907$1,841$84,871,4926Sony / Columbia
11Life As We Know It$3,066,179-24%1,950-910$1,572$48,506,2525Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$1,628,786-11%672107$2,424$4,794,9304Fox Searchlight
2The Town$1,164,382-41%801-807$1,454$89,748,2398Warner Bros.
3The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$746,5723%19269$3,888$1,995,8412Music Box
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$481,463-73%740-1270$651$54,011,5587Warner Bros.
5Easy A$478,990-55%486-776$986$57,227,6018Sony / Screen Gems
6Waiting for 'Superman'$395,237-23%242-88$1,633$5,408,0807Paramount Vantage
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$333,156-57%353-580$944$51,887,4467Fox
8Despicable Me$328,49023%307-28$1,070$248,312,50018Universal
9Inception$317,189-13%291-110$1,090$291,448,10317Warner Bros.
10Toy Story 3$291,502-5%264-73$1,104$414,317,22321Disney
11Devil$224,350-57%284-351$790$33,466,5608Universal
12You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$220,108-36%143-187$1,539$2,738,2567Sony Pictures Classics
13You Again$210,121-51%283-390$742$25,099,0817Disney
14Stone$176,297-29%109-16$1,617$1,490,3145Relativity / Overture
15It's Kind of a Funny Story$172,584-61%201-276$859$6,195,2065Focus
16The Other Guys$167,778-6%235-67$714$119,021,11714Sony / Columbia
17Takers$154,39874%21583$718$57,570,73211Sony / Screen Gems
18Alpha and Omega$144,961-66%288-388$503$24,452,3978Lionsgate
19Nowhere Boy$143,0149%17522$817$1,198,0035Weinstein Company
20The Switch (2010)$82,1621138%120103$685$27,661,92712Miramax
21Case 39$70,489-60%157-249$449$13,182,1746Paramount Vantage
22N-Secure$56,661-81%105-262$540$2,553,8524Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$651,082--46--$14,154$651,0821Summit
2Golmaal 3$626,432--86--$7,284$626,4321Eros
3Inside Job$266,41545%6632$4,037$957,8835Sony Pictures Classics
4127 Hours$264,851--4--$66,213$264,8511Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$194,12931%60-1$3,235$17,746,61134Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Mao's Last Dancer$100,022-15%81-21$1,235$4,553,64012Samuel Goldwyn
7Tamara Drewe$51,90384%2714$1,922$216,7175Sony Pictures Classics
8The Salvation Poem$50,936-10%14-2$3,638$407,1494CanZion Films
9Catfish$49,770-49%55-82$905$3,151,2188Universal / Rogue
10Under the Sea 3D$43,36538%14-2$3,098$24,714,04891Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Never Let Me Go$41,892-54%51-75$821$2,284,2808Fox Searchlight
12Four Lions$41,512--8--$5,189$41,5121Drafthouse Films
13Let Me In$32,319-81%95-283$340$11,999,4196Relativity / Overture
14Howl$32,269-5%292$1,113$439,5817Oscilloscope
15Monsters (2010)$28,59039%1310$2,199$60,6202Magnolia
16Space Station 3D$27,389--3--$9,130$82,285,011447IMAX
17Buried$26,597-51%46-61$578$1,028,6587Lionsgate
18Avatar$25,511-1%91$2,835$760,462,55947Fox
19Get Low$21,5580%36-13$599$9,034,23615Sony Pictures Classics
20Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$21,244131%61$3,541$87,5694Zeitgeist Films
21Welcome to the Riley's$18,226-57%100$1,823$78,1552Samuel Goldwyn
22What If...$18,076-46%22-34$822$739,29812Five & Two Pictures
23Leaving$17,1142%7-1$2,445$103,3416IFC
24Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$16,962--3--$5,654$16,9621Magnolia
25A Film Unfinished$15,480161%1510$1,032$291,35712Oscilloscope
26Inspector Bellamy$15,318-26%20$7,659$47,1052IFC Films
27Ramona and Beezus$14,4729%32-3$452$26,161,40616Fox
28Heartbreaker$14,40339%192$758$458,7949IFC
29Jack Goes Boating$13,91215%31-4$449$492,6948Relativity / Overture
30The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$13,11232%101$1,311$615,02814National Geographic
31The Tillman Story$12,958-21%240$540$764,98012Weinstein Company
32Enter the Void$12,08034%7-1$1,726$251,5737IFC Films
33Machete$12,006-43%32-24$375$26,576,75210Fox
34Last Train Home$11,68065%101$1,168$224,01010Zeitgeist Films
35The Girl Who Played With Fire$11,212-36%19-11$590$7,612,10218Music Box
36Wild Target$10,971-53%51$2,194$44,2592Freestyle
37Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$10,058118%32$3,353$22,9302Variance Films
38Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$9,1152%31$3,038$23,385,757162National Geographic
39Animal Kingdom$8,821-29%12-5$735$981,93413Sony Pictures Classics
40Waste Land$8,656-12%21$4,328$18,7432Arthouse Films
41Red Hill$8,650--5--$1,730$8,6501Strand
42Vampires Suck$8,511-48%18-31$473$36,658,10812Fox
43Piranha 3D$7,975-19%6-13$1,329$25,001,53212Weinstein Company
44Carlos$7,931-41%3-3$2,644$97,7374IFC
45My Dog Tulip$6,878--4--$1,720$104,85810New Yorker Films
46Mademoiselle Chambon$6,37510%60$1,063$507,55324Lorber
47Violet Tendencies$5,264--1--$5,264$5,2641Embrem Entertainment
48Soul Kitchen$4,37039%11-1$397$274,38512IFC
49Winter's Bone$4,253-27%10-1$425$6,218,19522Roadside Attractions
50Kings of Pastry$4,169-52%5-5$834$141,6088First Run
51Cairo Time$4,038-72%8-11$505$1,602,04514IFC
52Freakonomics$3,999-8%7-2$571$91,1646Magnolia
53Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$3,961207%30$1,320$126,4049Lorber
54I Am Love$3,807-24%6-1$635$4,994,55321Magnolia
55Mesrine: Killer Instinct$3,36172%40$840$517,37111Music Box
56Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$3,233--1--$3,233$3,2331Variance Films
57Lebanon$2,245-13%9-1$249$359,55956Sony Pictures Classics
58The Concert$2,049-40%4-2$512$653,68016Weinstein Company
59Budrus$2,016-61%1-3$2,016$39,8335Balcony Releasing
60The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,912-26%163$120$10,084,27334Music Box
61Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,759183%32$586$507,54727Kino International
62A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,715-66%92$191$181,15410Sony Pictures Classics
632012: Time for Change$1,676199%10$1,676$68,3394Mangusta Productions
64Sweetgrass$1,620--1--$1,620$206,72859Cinema Guild
65The Kids Grow Up$1,272-72%21$636$7,6082Shadow Distribution
66Fool for Love (2010)$1,213187%21$607$165,5329Variance Films
67I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$1,011-52%2-1$506$91,5195Anchor Bay
68Enemies of the People$950235%32$317$25,64915International Film Circuit
69Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$85110%31$284$22,26417Flicker Alley
70The Taqwacores$851250%10$851$6,0373Strand Releasing
71The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$808--1--$808$125,92431International Film Circuit
72Restrepo$800-23%2-1$400$1,325,12520National Geographic
73Marwencol$647-10%10$647$14,9415Cinema Guild
74Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$532-77%3-1$177$403,64920Sony Pictures Classics
75Around a Small Mountain$506-4%10$506$29,71818Cinema Guild
76Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$362-79%2-3$181$250,73610Music Box
77Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$315--1--$315$52,35121The Film Desk
78Stonewall Uprising$306--1--$306$127,94021First Run Features
79Eichmann$294-49%10$294$1,3682Regent Releasing
80Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$250--1--$250$58,69920Kino International
81A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism$245--1--$245$1,8497First Run
82The Disappearance of Alice Creed$225--1--$225$166,98014Anchor Bay
83Shake Hands with the Devil$11635%10$116$3232Regent Releasing
84The Magician (2010)$74-37%10$74$3432Regent Releasing