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, Apr. 22 - Sun, Apr. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$26,323,321-33%3,84215$6,851$80,806,5622Fox
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$25,068,677--2,288--$10,957$25,068,6771Lionsgate
3Water for Elephants$16,842,353--2,817--$5,979$16,842,3531Fox
4HOP$12,185,90514%3,6168$3,370$100,224,9054Universal
5Scream 4$7,030,747-62%3,3149$2,122$31,035,0102Weinstein Company
6African Cats$6,003,200--1,220--$4,921$6,003,2001Disneynature
7Soul Surfer$5,436,868-25%2,24026$2,427$28,502,1513Sony / TriStar
8Hanna$5,296,302-27%2,384-161$2,222$31,740,1623Focus
9Insidious$5,207,622-23%2,130-103$2,445$44,001,4164FilmDistrict
10Source Code$5,091,347-18%2,363-194$2,155$44,692,5914Summit
11Arthur (2011)$4,066,109-40%2,770-506$1,468$29,216,0913Warner Bros.
12Limitless$2,664,461-27%1,363-522$1,955$74,002,0556Relativity Media
13The Lincoln Lawyer$1,789,519-38%1,220-482$1,467$53,381,4516Lionsgate
14Your Highness$1,706,590-58%1,610-1162$1,060$19,764,5453Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$2,187,185-38%849142$2,576$6,889,8682Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$1,107,961-13%3884$2,856$6,630,6506Fox Searchlight
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$933,540-55%928-921$1,006$50,290,5315Fox
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$881,034-48%465166$1,895$3,096,8152Rocky Mountain
5Jane Eyre (2011)$737,177-26%31945$2,311$7,857,1767Focus
6Born to Be Wild 3D$656,3655%2081$3,156$3,078,8373Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Rango$386,224-46%557-419$693$119,522,4718Paramount
8Gnomeo and Juliet$335,177-18%345-10$972$98,331,18611Disney
9Dum Maaro Dum$327,523--101--$3,243$327,5231Fox Searchlight
10Sucker Punch$278,686-54%244-311$1,142$35,882,5545Warner Bros.
11The Adjustment Bureau$247,220-31%263-85$940$61,133,7708Universal
12Paul$242,535-50%245-291$990$36,553,3956Universal
13Battle: Los Angeles$203,811-60%220-334$926$82,649,4157Sony / Columbia
14Just Go With It$198,416-27%265-61$749$102,602,51611Sony / Columbia
15The King's Speech$197,090-22%234-81$842$138,323,85222Weinstein Company
16Red Riding Hood$187,45248%30860$609$37,186,0137Warner Bros.
17I Am Number Four$184,693180%17999$1,032$54,374,34910Disney / DreamWorks
18Of Gods and Men$146,753-4%1035$1,425$3,227,3969Sony Pictures Classics
19Hall Pass$133,450-43%202-131$661$44,870,7309Warner Bros. / New Line
20Unknown (2011)$90,969-47%162-113$562$63,555,31410Warner Bros.
21Beastly$90,24129%13727$659$27,598,4678CBS Films
22Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$66,604279%166131$401$72,848,99811Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Potiche$150,341-4%65-3$2,313$863,0415Music Box Films
2Hubble 3D$148,36436%330$4,496$24,560,33558Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Am (2011)$130,525523%2411$5,439$556,69510Paladin
4The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$118,924--18--$6,607$118,9241Sony Pictures Classics
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$116,136-53%89-100$1,305$1,204,2373Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Bill Cunningham New York$89,96715%3110$2,902$688,8806Zeitgeist Films
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$75,188-13%92-36$817$37,734,21410Fox
8In a Better World$72,8361%4111$1,776$292,0014Sony Pictures Classics
9Certified Copy$56,619-27%45-11$1,258$1,081,8337IFC Films
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$54,17115%110$4,925$2,295,189503D Entertainment
11Incendies$50,679--3--$16,893$50,6791Sony Pictures Classics
12Under the Sea 3D$49,49823%140$3,536$28,189,468115Warner Bros. / IMAX
13True Grit (2010)$48,942-53%80-97$612$171,031,34718Paramount
14Super$47,91525%3812$1,261$210,7214IFC Films
15Kill the Irishman$36,964-41%23-16$1,607$1,006,7027Anchor Bay Films
16The Princess of Montpensier$36,06854%118$3,279$72,9502IFC Films
17Meek's Cutoff$35,791154%64$5,965$87,8453Oscilloscope
18The Warring States$35,381--23--$1,538$35,3811China Lion Film
19Tangled$31,368-63%80-104$392$199,665,78222Disney
20Mars Needs Moms$30,737-25%78-21$394$20,844,3987Disney
21Winter in Wartime$30,53413%15-6$2,036$220,4276Sony Pictures Classics
22The Double Hour$29,979-1%20$14,990$76,9092IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
23Thank You$26,797-69%20-51$1,340$451,9233UTV Communications
24Cedar Rapids$24,691-36%36-11$686$6,773,65111Fox Searchlight
25When Harry Tries to Marry$23,790--4--$5,948$23,7901108 Pics
26Miral$20,289-40%20-6$1,014$345,3985Weinstein Company
27The Salvation Poem$19,439-74%13-8$1,495$836,96828CanZion Films
28Barney's Version$17,116-43%24-26$713$7,431,43315Sony Pictures Classics
29American: The Bill Hicks Story$16,44136%116$1,495$46,2043Variance Films
30Biutiful$13,833-39%21-11$659$5,039,75617Roadside Attractions
31Beautiful Darling$13,400--1--$13,400$13,4001Corinth Films
32Queen to Play$12,622-5%6-3$2,104$112,6704Zeitgeist Films
33Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$12,45871%101$1,246$518,01710Vitagraph
34Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$11,365--4--$2,841$11,3651Variance Films
35Henry's Crime$10,550-43%5-2$2,110$49,3893Moving Pictures Film & Television
36Nostalgia for the Light$10,483--2--$5,242$75,8646Icarus Films
37Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$10,464--2--$5,232$46,9799Rialto
38Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$9,525361%109$953$111,12632Collective Eye
39My Perestroika$8,796-37%50$1,759$106,9325International Film Circuit
40The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$8,373-44%50$1,675$80,3824Lorber Films
41The Company Men$8,048-47%15-5$537$4,401,61014Weinstein Company
42The Last Lions$7,683-37%59-2$130$625,01210National Geographic
43Stake Land$7,258--1--$7,258$7,2581IFC Films
44Circo$6,80667%42$1,702$28,4094First Run Features
45Carancho$6,47170%3-1$2,157$74,46811Strand Releasing
46Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$5,8699%63$978$146,8868Strand Releasing
47Poetry$5,788-45%10-3$579$288,10611Kino International
48Black Swan$5,561-72%20-29$278$106,948,14321Fox Searchlight
49The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$5,107--3--$1,702$850,27338National Geographic
50Blank City$4,806-48%10$4,806$56,7653Insurgent Releasing
51The Illusionist (2010)$4,662-23%12-4$389$2,218,44318Sony Pictures Classics
52The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,010--1--$4,010$150,02955International Film Circuit
53Another Year$3,833-34%6-7$639$3,199,00717Sony Pictures Classics
54Dumbstruck$3,610268%21$1,805$4,7782Truly Indie
55A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie)$3,27235%10$3,272$8,1072Film Movement
56Galapagos$3,212--2--$1,606$17,961,054600IMAX
57Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,112--2--$1,556$23,590,069186National Geographic
58Zokkomon$2,815--24--$117$2,8151UTV Communications
59Ceremony$2,661-5%41$665$15,4623Magnolia Pictures
60Inside Job$2,46613%84$308$4,309,59629Sony Pictures Classics
61Rubber$2,450-70%80$306$51,5874Magnolia / Magnet
62I Saw the Devil$2,058-52%3-4$686$128,3928Magnolia / Magnet
63The Music Never Stopped$2,029-68%6-7$338$233,3556Roadside Attractions
64Putty Hill$1,807100%32$602$45,84310Cinema Guild
65Armadillo$1,630-59%10$1,630$7,8822Lorber Films
66Making The Boys$1,410--1--$1,410$19,5807First Run Features
67Meet Monica Velour$1,006-77%1-3$1,006$18,4863Anchor Bay Films
68The Human Resources Manager$1,003-51%2-1$502$54,3708Film Movement
69Kings of Pastry$979--1--$979$329,40532First Run
70Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$897-62%1-4$897$233,10416First Run Features
71The Strange Case of Angelica$80464%10$804$44,69317Cinema Guild
72Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula$650--1--$650$24,1117Indican Pictures
73A Somewhat Gentle Man$647--2--$324$35,58315Strand Releasing
74happythankyoumoreplease$584-80%2-2$292$215,5768Anchor Bay Films
75Into Eternity$446--3--$149$31,97912International Film Circuit
76The Trouble with Terkel$250--1--$250$35,53157Indican
77Orgasm Inc.$155-69%10$155$45,47311First Run Features
78Korkoro$142-32%10$142$3,8125Lorber Films
79Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$139-89%1-1$139$202,94713Variance Films
80Nenette$123--1--$123$18,00918Kino International
81Desert Flower$102-87%1-1$102$44,2826National Geographic