'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, Feb. 25 - Sun, Feb. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Hall Pass$13,535,374--2,950--$4,588$13,535,3741Warner Bros. / New Line
2Gnomeo and Juliet$13,400,130-30%3,03723$4,412$74,334,2363Disney
3Unknown (2011)$12,571,282-42%3,0430$4,131$42,976,4502Warner Bros.
4I Am Number Four$11,016,126-43%3,1562$3,491$37,723,9402Disney / DreamWorks
5Just Go With It$10,532,244-43%3,544-4$2,972$78,787,0663Sony / Columbia
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$9,387,250-29%2,810-308$3,341$62,963,7413Paramount
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$7,623,276-53%2,8210$2,702$28,647,5192Fox
8The King's Speech$7,339,75912%2,385299$3,077$114,231,03014Weinstein Company
9Drive Angry$5,187,625--2,290--$2,265$5,187,6251Summit
10True Grit (2010)$1,947,092-19%1,222-243$1,593$167,132,44210Paramount
11The Roommate$1,940,609-50%1,726-434$1,124$35,818,2274Sony / Screen Gems
12The Eagle$1,587,177-56%1,568-728$1,012$18,341,8243Focus
13No Strings Attached$1,450,649-53%1,366-600$1,062$68,760,0386Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Fighter$1,576,1031%668-91$2,359$90,369,46312Paramount
2Black Swan$1,327,8440%617-39$2,152$103,576,41813Fox Searchlight
3The Grace Card$1,010,299--352--$2,870$1,010,2991IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4Cedar Rapids$664,730-27%13634$4,888$2,349,9963Fox Searchlight
5The Green Hornet$663,895-56%667-598$995$96,637,3217Sony / Columbia
6Barney's Version$568,751-24%299-23$1,902$5,387,9477Sony Pictures Classics
7The Rite$479,351-58%545-503$880$32,310,5295Warner Bros. / New Line
8Biutiful$460,500-12%18226$2,530$3,783,8189Roadside Attractions
11TRON: Legacy$330,462-27%276-36$1,197$170,999,94311Disney
12The Mechanic$322,039-68%404-548$797$28,677,7195CBS Films
13127 Hours$301,367-6%220-20$1,370$17,915,44817Fox Searchlight
14Yogi Bear$247,874-47%366-359$677$97,857,39311Warner Bros.
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$239,617-33%303-18$791$294,325,81015Warner Bros.
16Little Fockers$234,770-12%261-24$900$147,980,23010Universal
17The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$234,241-18%248-16$945$103,777,01712Fox
18The Company Men$215,434-28%185-57$1,165$3,880,6396Weinstein Company
19Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$211,115-26%1179$1,804$1,104,8763Shorts International
20Blue Valentine (2010)$209,786-36%167-68$1,256$9,224,0119Weinstein Company
21Gulliver's Travels (2010)$156,440-18%204-31$767$42,439,63810Fox
22The Illusionist (2010)$148,769-21%12519$1,190$1,725,53610Sony Pictures Classics
23The Tourist$141,477-30%194-30$729$67,483,18512Sony / Columbia
24The Dilemma$139,725-21%243-50$575$48,430,3557Universal
25Another Year$134,859-35%107-14$1,260$2,733,3299Sony Pictures Classics
26The Social Network$109,95624%269156$409$96,917,89722Sony / Columbia
27Season of the Witch$102,987209%17139$602$24,648,1068Relativity Media
28Winter's Bone$71,703305%135115$531$6,502,66638Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

1Of Gods and Men$308,895--33--$9,360$308,8951Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$160,777-14%50-2$3,216$22,307,54650Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$95,141--13--$7,319$1,307,371423D Entertainment
4Under the Sea 3D$70,230-5%191$3,696$27,301,994107Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$64,78821%168$4,049$146,8382Vitagraph
6From Prada to Nada$56,600-39%81-47$699$2,905,5255Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Rabbit Hole$53,034-6%835$639$2,063,10711Lionsgate
87 Khoon Maaf$44,955-73%683$661$253,2742UTV Communications
9Unstoppable (2010)$35,627-48%66-39$540$81,528,42116Fox
10Space Station 3D$35,216-10%3-2$11,739$82,906,844463IMAX
11Inside Job$33,56843%5329$633$4,019,20321Sony Pictures Classics
12The Last Lions$27,035-49%40$6,759$117,1902National Geographic
13Somewhere (2010)$25,907-23%27-2$960$1,768,41610Focus
14Poetry$19,87311%63$3,312$76,4113Kino International
15The Way Back$19,46331%150$1,298$2,701,8596Newmarket Films
16I Am (2011)$19,297--2--$9,649$32,7502Paladin
17Cold Weather$12,71249%41$3,178$63,2084IFC Films
18Casino Jack$12,46919%175$733$967,67811IDP/ATO Pictures
20Kaboom$9,003-22%115$818$79,0595IFC Films
21Waste Land$9,00168%62$1,500$169,21518Arthouse Films
22The Housemaid (Hanyo)$8,803-40%82$1,100$103,7736IFC Films
23Brotherhood (2010)$8,4457%21$4,223$17,9602Phase 4 Films
24The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$7,880--3--$2,627$743,94430National Geographic
25Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$7,674--1--$7,674$7,6741Rialto
26Heartbeats$7,197--1--$7,197$7,1971IFC Films
27Vanishing on 7th Street$6,962140%65$1,160$11,6332Magnolia / Magnet
28Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$6,656-59%31$2,219$49,3393Phase 4 Films
29I Love You Phillip Morris$6,53728%156$436$1,954,17813Roadside Attractions
30Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$6,505290%31$2,168$415,42220Zeitgeist Films
31Public Speaking$6,260--1--$6,260$11,0001Rialto
32Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$4,610-36%6-1$768$176,4535Variance Films
33Made in Dagenham$4,562-49%10-5$456$1,031,14015Sony Pictures Classics
34The Salvation Poem$4,336-9%40$1,084$599,21220CanZion Films
35Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,224--2--$2,112$23,534,728178National Geographic
36The Other Woman (2011)$3,93632%94$437$20,5854IFC
37A Somewhat Gentle Man$3,644--2--$1,822$13,2727Strand Releasing
38My Dog Tulip$3,389119%21$1,695$213,56026New Yorker Films
39All Good Things$3,205-12%40$801$542,91813Magnolia Pictures
40Carancho$3,008-59%1-3$3,008$37,5313Strand Releasing
41Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,777-60%2-1$1,389$98,2178First Run Features
42Every Day$2,72874%20$1,364$34,2937Image Entertainment
43Four Lions$2,0708%1-5$2,070$306,68617Drafthouse Films
44Enemies of the People$1,839-23%2-2$920$67,94931International Film Circuit
45Nenette$1,6861305%21$843$15,91310Kino International
46Zero Bridge$1,663-50%10$1,663$8,2472The Film Desk
47Putty Hill$1,468-70%10$1,468$7,9722Cinema Guild
48Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$1,183-55%10$1,183$89,01610Saint Juste International
49Immigration Tango$1,087-92%2-28$544$23,8122Roadside Attractions
50What Women Want (2011)$1,017-82%1-2$1,017$122,0734China Lion Film
51Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$917171%21$459$106,57336Kino International
52The Woodmans$917--2--$459$31,5576Lorber Films
53The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$8926%31$297$5,188,97218Music Box
54Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$678--1--$678$40,62416Film Desk
55Marwencol$629-59%1-2$629$99,11421Cinema Guild
56Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$520--1--$520$56,02437The Film Desk
57The Taqwacores$443--1--$443$9,79019Strand Releasing
58Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$39356%1-1$393$66,44418Variance Films
59Animal Kingdom$336-25%1-1$336$1,041,72329Sony Pictures Classics
60Orgasm Inc.$198-95%1-2$198$21,3653First Run Features
61Mesrine: Killer Instinct$129-60%10$129$551,66027Music Box