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, May. 20 - Sun, May. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$90,151,958--4,155--$21,697$90,151,9581Disney
2Bridesmaids$20,882,070-20%2,93719$7,110$59,341,3192Universal
3Thor$15,455,304-55%3,924-39$3,939$145,361,4593Paramount
4Fast Five$10,576,865-48%3,622-171$2,920$186,165,4504Universal
5Priest (2011)$4,750,041-68%2,8640$1,659$23,833,1692Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$4,687,714-43%2,593-336$1,808$131,684,3656Fox
7Jumping the Broom$3,703,010-48%1,472-563$2,516$31,320,5623Sony / TriStar
8Something Borrowed$3,516,387-49%2,606-298$1,349$31,519,4523Warner Bros.
9Water for Elephants$2,179,046-48%1,894-531$1,150$52,456,6205Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$956,589-57%912-537$1,049$51,723,5795Lionsgate
2Soul Surfer$930,008-49%984-484$945$40,610,6787Sony / TriStar
3Tangled$910,50214236%191182$4,767$200,627,30126Disney
4Everything Must Go$529,037-33%24527$2,159$1,628,6572Roadside Attractions
5Prom$504,155-46%374-827$1,348$9,678,8814Disney
6Insidious$474,247-51%501-261$947$52,432,6258FilmDistrict
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$415,310-12%10624$3,918$1,973,2394IFC Films
8Source Code$412,336-51%377-249$1,094$52,956,1708Summit
9Rango$395,08553%30286$1,308$121,211,94812Paramount
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$371,335-68%642-634$578$9,199,0214Weinstein Company
11Limitless$341,468-5%35759$956$78,069,21210Relativity Media
12Hanna$304,313-38%279-146$1,091$39,167,1837Focus
13Win Win$276,082-32%202-46$1,367$9,350,90210Fox Searchlight
14African Cats$260,855-61%378-253$690$14,577,3055Disneynature
15HOP$256,670-36%354-105$725$107,191,6758Universal
16The Lincoln Lawyer$253,464-36%258-87$982$56,508,43010Lionsgate
17The Conspirator$243,247-48%269-101$904$10,909,5336Roadside Attractions
18Jane Eyre (2011)$215,031-36%208-40$1,034$10,370,86011Focus
19The Beaver$188,08117%16863$1,120$579,7243Summit
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$185,261-36%253-58$732$51,887,6959Fox
21Arthur (2011)$131,220-45%237-107$554$32,800,8407Warner Bros.
22Gnomeo and Juliet$124,871-31%158-36$790$99,475,61715Disney
23The Adjustment Bureau$109,050-35%116-48$940$62,453,31512Universal
24Mars Needs Moms$105,872863%154127$687$21,034,32911Disney
25Battle: Los Angeles$100,808-46%170-55$593$83,441,91111Sony / Columbia
26Scream 4$91,261-67%205-221$445$37,717,6596Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$599,003--6--$99,834$599,0031Sony Pictures Classics
2Born to Be Wild 3D$243,664-25%50-7$4,873$5,348,0857Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Incendies$186,83438%5926$3,167$619,5085Sony Pictures Classics
4I Am Number Four$177,120203%96-6$1,845$55,011,80514Disney / DreamWorks
5The Double Hour$117,80110%3610$3,272$532,8466IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Hubble 3D$89,834-3%380$2,364$25,034,37662Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Meek's Cutoff$84,416-13%399$2,165$468,8767Oscilloscope
8I Am (2011)$83,175-24%747$1,124$1,249,76914Paladin
913 Assassins$72,26737%258$2,891$301,8504Magnolia / Magnet
10Hesher$61,786-51%24-18$2,574$253,6602Wrekin Hill Entertainment
11Of Gods and Men$51,825-36%60-8$864$3,779,67013Sony Pictures Classics
12Bill Cunningham New York$49,5404%251$1,982$1,056,46310Zeitgeist Films
13Potiche$44,215-45%46-13$961$1,409,4629Music Box Films
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$41,563-21%110$3,778$2,746,094543D Entertainment
15The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$41,387-16%8124$511$478,6705Sony Pictures Classics
16L'Amour fou$40,98110%119$3,726$100,2322IFC Films
17The First Grader$38,08086%1714$2,240$66,9842National Geographic
18In a Better World$34,676-47%34-17$1,020$688,2468Sony Pictures Classics
19Under the Sea 3D$34,613-7%204$1,731$28,489,525119Warner Bros. / IMAX
2035 and Ticking$29,775--6--$4,963$29,7751Image Entertainment
21Sucker Punch$26,404-65%45-94$587$36,381,7169Warner Bros.
22A Beautiful Life$23,605--23--$1,026$23,6051China Lion Film
23There Be Dragons$22,108-84%29-151$762$1,049,8733IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
24Red Riding Hood$21,655-63%50-50$433$37,652,56511Warner Bros.
25The Princess of Montpensier$21,115-11%14-5$1,508$245,8466IFC Films
26Hobo with a Shotgun$19,759195%85$2,470$564,2983Magnolia / Magnet
27The King's Speech$19,634-53%40-31$491$138,752,49026Weinstein Company
28Winter in Wartime$19,576-39%18-8$1,088$399,68210Sony Pictures Classics
29Queen to Play$18,726-40%11-7$1,702$238,4658Zeitgeist Films
30Space Station 3D$16,764--2--$8,382$83,569,295475IMAX
31Certified Copy$16,405-34%24-11$684$1,289,17611IFC Films
32Go For It!$14,435-88%64-154$226$172,6872Lionsgate / Pantelion
33Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$14,271-38%24-14$595$37,911,87614Fox
34My Perestroika$14,08426%197$741$178,2029International Film Circuit
35Kill the Irishman$11,731-23%12-1$978$1,152,79811Anchor Bay Films
36Last Night (2010)$10,320-49%4-2$2,580$87,8733Miramax / Tribeca
37Bloodworth$9,612--10--$961$9,6121IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Poetry$8,46025%83$1,058$334,21015Kino International
39Cedar Rapids$7,781-31%11-1$707$6,857,50315Fox Searchlight
40How To Live Forever$7,720108%21$3,860$12,5772Variance Films
41Skateland$7,16236%119$651$14,9442Freestyle Releasing
42Battle of the Brides$6,299-63%60$1,050$61,0283Variance Films
43Lebanon, PA$5,333-43%60$889$38,9814Truly Indie
44The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$4,89695%54$979$8,0822Argot Pictures
45Dum Maaro Dum$4,744-58%11-9$431$559,4875Fox Searchlight
46City of Life and Death$4,499-20%10$4,499$16,2082Kino International
47The Robber$4,26534%21$2,133$48,0674Kino International
48Biutiful$4,065-51%7-4$581$5,094,44421Roadside Attractions
49Blank City$3,77424%30$1,258$81,9077Insurgent Releasing
50Barney's Version$3,77335%5-2$755$7,476,03319Sony Pictures Classics
51Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$3,57087%41$893$40,1945Variance Films
52Super$3,523-29%11-4$320$322,1578IFC Films
53The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$3,344-35%30$1,115$107,5708Lorber Films
54The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$3,108-40%2-1$1,554$873,59442National Geographic
55The Music Never Stopped$2,73069%50$546$242,91810Roadside Attractions
56Meet Monica Velour$2,46361%21$1,232$31,6497Anchor Bay Films
57The Tenant (2011)$2,408-67%2-1$1,204$13,6982Indican Pictures
58Henry's Crime$2,350-23%20$1,175$98,4017Moving Pictures Film & Television
59Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$2,224875%20$1,112$161,44912Strand Releasing
60Rubber$2,030-43%6-2$338$82,7888Magnolia / Magnet
61Into Eternity$1,96888%41$492$37,46416International Film Circuit
62Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,968-2%21$984$5,2452Strand Releasing
63Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,879-66%30$626$11,1842First Run Features
64The Salvation Poem$1,484-52%2-2$742$867,26032CanZion Films
65The Little Traitor$1,465--1--$1,465$396,58776Westchester Films
66American: The Bill Hicks Story$1,178-35%1-2$1,178$80,7677Variance Films
67Kings of Pastry$1,020--1--$1,020$330,42536First Run
68Circo$1,020-67%1-1$1,020$53,4888First Run Features
69Putty Hill$705--1--$705$47,63214Cinema Guild
70Dumbstruck$647-75%10$647$10,4206Truly Indie
71Another Year$518-73%1-5$518$3,205,24421Sony Pictures Classics
72Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$480-26%1-1$480$244,44820First Run Features
73Carancho$350--2--$175$84,33915Strand Releasing
74Marwencol$199--1--$199$112,03633Cinema Guild
75Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$177--1--$177$45,10019Kino International