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. 26 - Sun, Nov. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$49,087,101-61%4,1250$11,900$219,056,1292Warner Bros.
2Tangled$48,767,052--3,603--$13,535$68,706,2981Disney
3Megamind$12,575,778-21%3,411-368$3,687$130,218,9344Paramount / DreamWorks
4Burlesque$11,947,744--3,037--$3,934$17,300,2131Sony / Screen Gems
5Unstoppable (2010)$11,432,903-12%3,183-26$3,592$60,442,6213Fox
6Love and Other Drugs$9,739,161--2,455--$3,967$13,901,5321Fox
7Faster (2010)$8,523,153--2,454--$3,473$12,002,8401CBS Films
8Due Date$7,167,885-20%2,555-674$2,805$84,861,0084Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$4,683,123-28%2,5640$1,826$14,392,0722Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$3,910,058-25%2,441-103$1,602$26,340,5713Paramount
11Skyline$1,141,440-68%1,189-1694$960$20,215,7903Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,708,88386%293185$5,832$4,420,1684Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$1,560,1897%39610$3,940$5,958,7974Summit
3Red (2010)$1,375,685-45%914-1120$1,505$86,117,4127Summit
4For Colored Girls$1,362,287-41%605-611$2,252$36,564,3644Lionsgate
5The Social Network$707,153-24%291-280$2,430$90,423,9869Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$647,172-33%501-509$1,292$57,547,2638Disney
7The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$390,888-3%168-11$2,327$4,011,2605Music Box
8Despicable Me$363,09035%266-2$1,365$249,724,65021Universal
9The Town$314,72050%318153$990$91,429,62511Warner Bros.
10Inside Job$307,389-9%132-53$2,329$2,627,4618Sony Pictures Classics
11Paranormal Activity 2$220,108-77%279-822$789$84,105,6616Paramount
12Easy A$200,991210%251146$801$57,920,78611Sony / Screen Gems
13Jackass 3D$182,055-75%183-504$995$116,563,8007Paramount
14Alpha and Omega$165,947-15%228-24$728$25,077,97711Lionsgate
15Life As We Know It$154,381-71%249-309$620$51,980,0198Warner Bros.
16Saw 3D$131,305-84%145-661$906$45,670,8555Lionsgate
17You Again$120,285190%17986$672$25,493,43810Disney
18Inception$119,466-22%144-54$830$292,277,75520Warner Bros.
19Toy Story 3$109,840-12%168-36$654$414,984,49724Disney
20Hereafter$78,909-72%202-201$391$32,459,2637Warner Bros.
21Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$71,735-10%130-8$552$54,579,49310Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$355,450--4--$88,863$355,4501Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$196,42932%570$3,446$18,722,35937Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Guzaarish$188,085-61%96-12$1,959$890,6782UTV
4Today's Special$87,088-4%2423$3,629$206,9292Alerion
5Conviction$73,497-58%86-104$855$6,571,0277Fox Searchlight
6The Nutcracker in 3D$65,944--45--$1,465$87,5391Freestyle Releasing
7Made in Dagenham$62,31666%118$5,665$122,7412Sony Pictures Classics
8Waiting for 'Superman'$60,563-44%69-49$878$6,252,79410Paramount Vantage
9White Material$60,15274%118$5,468$110,1572IFC
10Under the Sea 3D$53,15455%130$4,089$24,938,81194Warner Bros. / IMAX
11You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$48,613-22%33-11$1,473$3,107,21710Sony Pictures Classics
12Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$45,395-56%90-95$504$52,401,17010Fox
13Tiny Furniture$35,197115%54$7,039$96,2833IFC
14Tamara Drewe$31,275-40%24-10$1,303$377,8068Sony Pictures Classics
15Mao's Last Dancer$31,216-14%22-20$1,419$4,780,21615Samuel Goldwyn
16Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$22,766-15%11-6$2,070$221,2597Zeitgeist Films
17Kings of Pastry$19,314103%84$2,414$189,15511First Run
18Four Lions$18,412-26%7-7$2,630$170,2854Drafthouse Films
19Stone$16,682-51%23-32$725$1,742,0658Relativity / Overture
20Never Let Me Go$15,45046%13-5$1,188$2,374,70311Fox Searchlight
21Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$15,265-42%12-5$1,272$126,1814Magnolia
22Nowhere Boy$14,995-56%40-20$375$1,422,2778Weinstein Company
23Welcome to the Riley's$14,35872%82$1,795$135,6325Samuel Goldwyn
24Undertow (2009)$13,612--2--$6,806$38,55911Wolfe Releasing
25Monsters (2010)$13,337-55%12-7$1,111$208,7065Magnolia
26The Legend of Pale Male$12,910--1--$12,910$15,9521Balcony
27The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$12,34457%81$1,543$663,27117National Geographic
28Last Train Home$9,83139%5-1$1,966$262,79513Zeitgeist Films
29Waste Land$9,193-37%6-2$1,532$73,9135Arthouse Films
30Leaving$9,045-7%115$822$141,6899IFC
31Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$8,945-6%30$2,982$23,442,512165National Geographic
32Howl$8,784-17%7-3$1,255$520,02910Oscilloscope
33Inspector Bellamy$8,04665%42$2,012$89,9015IFC Films
34Enter the Void$7,86921%6-1$1,312$300,00910IFC Films
35Catfish$7,830-18%9-4$870$3,234,37311Universal / Rogue
36Wild Target$7,79328%6-1$1,299$76,4175Freestyle
37Get Low$7,5127%12-4$626$9,090,12818Sony Pictures Classics
38My Dog Tulip$7,257-16%2-10$3,629$132,10213New Yorker Films
39Let Me In$6,721-70%31-54$217$12,129,4859Relativity / Overture
40William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$5,220-20%21$2,610$20,6352Oscilloscope
41Jack Goes Boating$4,9800%9-9$553$528,84511Relativity / Overture
42Carlos$4,533-22%3-1$1,511$115,3357IFC
43Heartbreaker$4,41418%11-1$401$491,55312IFC
44Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,080--1--$4,080$346,09627Rialto
45Animal Kingdom$3,520-63%5-10$704$1,008,74216Sony Pictures Classics
46Marwencol$3,341-11%30$1,114$37,1938Cinema Guild
47The Tillman Story$2,76221%132$212$792,92515Weinstein Company
48The Salvation Poem$2,668-58%2-3$1,334$444,8817CanZion Films
49Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,494-60%2-4$1,247$150,64412Lorber
50Budrus$2,247--1--$2,247$48,0158Balcony Releasing
51Boxing Gym$2,036--7--$291$32,0766Zipporah Films
52Mademoiselle Chambon$1,599-62%40$400$521,92627Lorber
53The Girl Who Played With Fire$1,549-70%6-8$258$7,631,53121Music Box
54Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,122-33%1-1$1,122$69,72723Kino International
55I Am Love$1,111-44%2-1$556$5,004,64824Magnolia
56Hideaway (2009)$1,10476%31$368$32,36812Strand
57Cool It$918-91%1-41$918$57,9503Roadside Attractions
58Freakonomics$808-48%0-3--$100,6759Magnolia
59The Trouble with Terkel$799-75%1-1$799$28,93836Indican
60The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$762-37%3-2$254$10,089,11037Music Box
61Army of Crime$70436%10$704$35,41615Lorber
62What If...$696-74%1-4$696$757,95515Five & Two Pictures
63Winter's Bone$646-36%2-2$323$6,226,36525Roadside Attractions
64Enemies of the People$620-67%10$620$46,46418International Film Circuit
65A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$571-45%3-3$190$187,00513Sony Pictures Classics
66Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$545-41%10$545$54,45224The Film Desk
67Lebanon$227-85%1-3$227$365,73759Sony Pictures Classics
68Altiplano$102--1--$102$3,06315First Run