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, Jan. 14 - Sun, Jan. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$33,526,876--3,584--$9,355$33,526,8761Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$17,816,230--2,940--$6,060$17,816,2301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$11,004,755-25%3,459335$3,181$126,216,6504Paramount
4The King's Speech$9,186,20343%1,543785$5,953$44,710,0628Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$8,342,6483%2,328744$3,584$73,211,0067Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$7,194,865-47%3,394-281$2,120$134,280,8904Universal
7TRON: Legacy$5,679,858-44%2,439-574$2,329$156,918,4545Disney
8Yogi Bear$5,365,547-19%2,702-586$1,986$82,115,6195Warner Bros.
9The Fighter$5,101,140-27%2,414-114$2,113$65,745,8046Paramount
10Season of the Witch$4,606,584-57%2,82711$1,629$18,104,3242Relativity Media
11Tangled$3,983,009-22%2,048-335$1,945$181,285,7008Disney
12Country Strong$3,682,375-50%1,4240$2,586$13,287,5094Sony / Screen Gems
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,324,393-49%1,704-1110$1,364$98,067,1296Fox
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,118,591-54%1,666-1298$1,272$37,647,0144Fox
15The Tourist$1,680,709-55%1,420-1022$1,184$64,259,6556Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,399,204-41%941-566$1,487$289,803,4729Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$1,386,77697%230190$6,029$2,847,2613Weinstein Company
3Megamind$661,523141%341-34$1,940$145,416,60811Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Heart Specialist$473,062--422--$1,121$473,0621Freestyle
5How Do You Know$399,617-79%615-1287$650$29,940,2565Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$360,057-45%322-281$1,118$94,702,14916Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$321,06926%34197$942$100,064,63911Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$276,301151%10066$2,763$958,1165Lionsgate
9Burlesque$264,5313%29567$897$38,633,0178Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$243,256-29%303-95$803$80,392,10310Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$154,845-47%166-46$933$31,970,2788Fox
12Red (2010)$140,008-30%206-55$680$90,065,33214Summit
13Secretariat$88,695-39%136-89$652$59,434,62415Disney
14Life As We Know It$88,487-42%132-56$670$53,273,36115Warner Bros.
15Despicable Me$63,010-47%137-41$460$251,476,98528Universal
16Morning Glory (2010)$54,578-43%127-51$430$30,982,32910Paramount
17For Colored Girls$27,258432%11190$246$37,714,86011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yamla Pagla Deewana$504,116--84--$6,001$504,1161Eros International
2Barney's Version$362,524--42--$8,632$1,094,6341Sony Pictures Classics
3Somewhere (2010)$251,11354%5336$4,738$982,9304Focus
4127 Hours$162,933-25%76-12$2,144$11,073,51811Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$145,8236%48-6$3,038$20,763,56844Warner Bros. / IMAX
6I Love You Phillip Morris$131,010-40%95-5$1,379$1,659,0327Roadside Attractions
7Casino Jack$120,934-23%608$2,016$611,2945IDP/ATO Pictures
8Another Year$111,80628%136$8,600$450,0953Sony Pictures Classics
9No One Killed Jessica$99,269-56%45-3$2,206$372,3572UTV Communications
10Made in Dagenham$93,6238%8929$1,052$758,3459Sony Pictures Classics
11The Illusionist (2010)$60,47283%74$8,639$254,2654Sony Pictures Classics
12Fair Game (2010)$45,080-38%79-24$571$9,320,83311Summit
13Under the Sea 3D$43,56032%143$3,111$26,750,135101Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Faster (2010)$41,061-20%77-2$533$23,001,2068CBS Films
15Inside Job$34,820-38%28-18$1,244$3,613,23815Sony Pictures Classics
16The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$29,68414%37-5$802$5,116,33912Music Box
17All Good Things$24,242-44%29-1$836$422,3947Magnolia Pictures
18The Warrior's Way$23,853-19%7745$310$5,636,6557Relativity Media
19Down for Life$23,176--5--$4,635$23,1761B.D.Fox Independent
20Space Station 3D$15,163--2--$7,582$82,581,545457IMAX
21Paranormal Activity 2$13,542-60%40-50$339$84,747,72713Paramount
22Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$13,434-76%41-54$328$55,668,07017Warner Bros.
23Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$13,405-28%50$2,681$40,2264Saint Juste International
24Jackass 3D$13,362-66%22-48$607$117,222,00714Paramount
25Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$12,377-32%10$12,377$49,9582First Run Features
26Every Day$9,857--3--$3,286$9,8571Image Entertainment
27Mesrine: Killer Instinct$9,7861696%97$1,087$544,94721Music Box
28Tiny Furniture$9,556-51%12-7$796$335,16010IFC
29Four Lions$9,507-21%132$731$273,31711Drafthouse Films
30Galapagos$9,500--2--$4,750$17,795,787586IMAX
31Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,491-4%83$1,186$352,68614Zeitgeist Films
32Waste Land$8,848539%31$2,949$114,26012Arthouse Films
33White Material$8,789-54%13-8$676$287,0139IFC
34Summer Wars$7,137-48%9-5$793$53,6324GKIDS
35Winter's Bone$6,16229%71$880$6,263,18832Roadside Attractions
36The Tempest$5,74918%52$1,150$249,7976Disney
37The Salvation Poem$5,676-3%10$5,676$506,37414CanZion Films
38Ong Bak 3$5,648--3--$1,883$5,6481Magnolia
39Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$5,641--1--$5,641$5,6411Kino International
40Marwencol$4,92637%62$821$74,45315Cinema Guild
41Bhutto$3,999-69%3-1$1,333$58,6227First Run Features
42The Time That Remains$3,449-47%10$3,449$13,6332IFC
43The Strange Case of Angelica$3,436-39%20$1,718$27,7403Cinema Guild
44Kings of Pastry$3,419-69%40$855$295,69218First Run
45Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,114-9%20$1,557$23,496,830172National Geographic
46Carlos$3,074-5%3-2$1,025$144,61814IFC
47Feed the Fish$3,008-32%3-1$1,003$96,6889Strand
48The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,53221%30$844$700,95724National Geographic
49A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,506--1--$2,506$2,5061Strand Releasing
50Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$2,405-25%5-1$481$179,91111Magnolia
51William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$2,057417%21$1,029$36,3749Oscilloscope
52My Dog Tulip$1,996-85%1-3$1,996$176,97120New Yorker Films
53Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,868412%86$234$265,25920Music Box
54Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,768--1--$1,768$57,29012Variance Films
55Enemies of the People$1,581--3--$527$49,56025International Film Circuit
56Howl$1,517-68%3-3$506$606,22817Oscilloscope
57Night Catches Us$1,355-52%3-1$452$61,7197Magnolia
58Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,236-30%1-1$1,236$24,07111Variance Films
59Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$1,229--3--$410$163,35119Lorber
60Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$1,066-80%5-7$213$235,1467Oscilloscope
61Plastic Planet$740--1--$740$7401First Run Features
62Tees Maar Khan$293-98%4-34$73$1,076,2664UTV Communications
63Red Hill$293-78%10$293$20,89811Strand
64Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$214-97%1-1$214$90,70730Kino International