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, Jul. 22 - Sun, Jul. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$65,058,524--3,715--$17,512$65,058,5241Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$47,422,212-72%4,3750$10,839$273,539,2812Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$18,622,150--2,926--$6,364$18,622,1501Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$12,051,735-43%3,375-542$3,571$325,841,1854Paramount / DreamWorks
5Horrible Bosses$11,884,319-33%3,104-30$3,829$82,566,7033Warner Bros. / New Line
6Zookeeper$8,702,055-29%3,215-267$2,707$59,206,2553Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$5,655,857-33%2,668-581$2,120$176,375,2955Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$5,162,046-34%2,4050$2,146$17,594,2972Disney
9Bad Teacher$2,610,925-49%2,034-625$1,284$94,365,6885Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$1,019,475-62%1,035-1252$985$34,327,4054Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$1,804,662-4%621-85$2,906$44,783,20610Sony Pictures Classics
2Bridesmaids$1,325,985-23%680-192$1,950$163,832,87011Universal
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$935,068-32%591-411$1,582$63,500,8206Fox
4Super 8$760,042-61%658-801$1,155$124,235,1027Paramount
5Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$670,258-30%1000$6,703$2,003,9302Eros International
6The Tree of Life$555,573-11%230-5$2,416$11,038,1509Fox Searchlight
7Monte Carlo$475,973-64%360-809$1,322$21,772,5884Fox
8Beginners$425,205-2%157-13$2,708$4,607,4188Focus
9Green Lantern (2011)$381,612-72%421-552$906$113,920,2096Warner Bros.
10X-Men: First Class$348,046-45%295-175$1,180$144,210,3648Fox
11Thor$343,000-11%236-36$1,453$180,136,18812Paramount
12Kung Fu Panda 2$317,481-31%250-104$1,270$160,776,0839Paramount / DreamWorks
13Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$311,464-37%246-127$1,266$238,021,77310Disney
14Rio (2011)$304,210-6%210-31$1,449$142,579,55115Fox
15The Hangover Part II$298,592-41%275-180$1,086$252,459,3099Warner Bros.
16Buck$266,508-12%123-14$2,167$2,679,2306IFC Films
17A Better Life$215,376-36%182-34$1,183$1,413,9605Summit
18Fast Five$169,650-21%174-38$975$209,445,77513Universal
19Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$136,277-5%190-24$717$14,660,0057Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$247,04528%480$5,147$9,719,34316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Le Sens de l'humour$218,580-30%87-2$2,512$2,085,3813Alliance Films
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$200,33349%6137$3,284$411,1332Fox Searchlight
4Singham$161,064--50--$3,221$161,0641Reliance Big Pictures
5Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$145,2565%5432$2,690$595,7283Sony Pictures Classics
6The Trip (2011)$129,61237%465$2,818$1,269,9257IFC Films
7Hubble 3D$121,4176%27-4$4,497$27,020,08971Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Tabloid$121,05733%3117$3,905$263,5232IFC Films
9Sarah's Key$115,708--5--$23,142$115,7081Weinstein Company
10Page One: Inside the New York Times$95,671-25%652$1,472$762,6846Magnolia Pictures
11Terri$87,67913%366$2,436$372,1934IDP/ATO Pictures
12Another Earth$77,740--4--$19,435$77,7401Fox Searchlight
13Water for Elephants$66,121-25%91-29$727$58,594,03414Fox
14Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$57,000171%87$7,125$130,8373International Film Circuit
15Cave of Forgotten Dreams$54,4108%38-10$1,432$5,032,51513IFC Films
16Project Nim$50,1452%19-3$2,639$171,2273Roadside Attractions
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$49,136-5%100$4,914$3,667,749633D Entertainment
18Under the Sea 3D$47,76132%13-1$3,674$29,275,057128Warner Bros. / IMAX
19A Little Help$44,870--24--$1,870$44,8701Freestyle Releasing
20Incendies$40,36114%29-9$1,392$6,708,35914Sony Pictures Classics
21Insidious$37,990-25%59-7$644$53,899,87217FilmDistrict
22Delhi Belly$35,947-66%25-42$1,438$1,501,7654UTV Communications
23Something Borrowed$29,322-61%47-27$624$39,026,18612Warner Bros.
24The Double Hour$29,14742%20-2$1,457$1,426,69215IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25Bride Flight$25,974-7%170$1,528$365,1277Music Box Films
26Turtle: The Incredible Journey$25,84174%124$2,153$258,3835Hannover House
27The Undefeated (2011)$24,664-62%144$1,762$101,3822Cinedigm
28Submarine$21,376141%184$1,188$426,9048Weinstein Company
29Space Station 3D$20,020--1--$20,020$84,008,246484IMAX
30Life, Above All$15,57113%105$1,557$39,1682Sony Pictures Classics
31Passione: A Musical Adventure$14,44112%40$3,610$115,0715Abramorama
32Queen to Play$13,88610%123$1,157$448,57917Zeitgeist Films
33Gerry (2011)$13,267-34%11-12$1,206$1,888,6776Entertainment One Films
34Bill Cunningham New York$11,13414%60$1,856$1,436,71019Zeitgeist Films
35Trollhunter$10,305-1%211$491$193,3877Magnolia / Magnet
36The Names of Love$9,788-57%8-4$1,224$180,0495Music Box Films
37The Myth of the American Sleepover$8,700--1--$8,700$8,7001IFC Films
38Meek's Cutoff$6,796-50%5-8$1,359$948,50616Oscilloscope
39In a Better World$6,512-24%8-2$814$947,86717Sony Pictures Classics
40If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$6,272-9%50$1,254$45,1015Oscilloscope
41Everything Must Go$5,99916%9-3$667$2,686,76611Roadside Attractions
42The Conspirator$5,95422%100$595$11,529,67415Roadside Attractions
43The Tree$5,89318%42$1,473$12,8242Zeitgeist Films
44Rapt$5,79119%32$1,930$25,8683Lorber Films
45Winter in Wartime$5,2301889%54$1,046$537,02919Sony Pictures Classics
46Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$5,051--1--$5,051$7,5781The Film Desk
47The Woman with the 5 Elephants$4,988--1--$4,988$6,6771Cinema Guild
4813 Assassins$4,818-31%8-9$602$784,98613Magnolia / Magnet
49The Last Mountain$3,848-52%3-2$1,283$105,2828Dada Films
50Viva Riva!$3,641929%43$910$50,4927Music Box Films
51Road to Nowhere$3,609247%51$722$33,3277Monterey Media
52The Sleeping Beauty$3,234-9%20$1,617$19,4653Strand Releasing
53The Perfect Host$2,488164%31$829$20,5344Magnolia Pictures
54Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$2,283-71%2-3$1,142$247,2355Abramorama
55Rejoice and Shout$2,255-52%4-3$564$85,9798Magnolia Pictures
56Trigun: Badlands Rumble$2,113-48%20$1,057$48,2573Eleven Arts
57The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,107-35%3-1$702$147,28817Lorber Films
58Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,047--2--$1,024$229,62045Collective Eye
59Hobo with a Shotgun$1,966-6%50$393$698,26512Magnolia / Magnet
60The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$1,942-42%1-1$1,942$43,1295Rialto Pictures
61The Arbor$1,511130%21$756$15,99613Strand Releasing
62Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap$1,405--5--$281$325,5934Viva Entertainment
63Small Town Murder Songs$1,187-56%2-1$594$29,0629Monterey Media
6435 and Ticking$1,078-68%3-2$359$93,03210Image Entertainment
65Hesher$1,004-58%2-1$502$380,20911Wrekin Hill Entertainment
66Salvation Boulevard$968-87%2-2$484$14,0482IFC Films
67Poetry$853--1--$853$351,01124Kino International
68Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$83066%10$830$180,79821Strand Releasing
69Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$816--1--$816$46,65328Kino International
70Summer (2011 re-issue)$801--1--$801$26,3047The Film Desk
71Into Eternity$600-15%1-2$600$53,69825International Film Circuit
72Potiche$520-32%10$520$1,614,33518Music Box Films
73Daylight (2011)$519-46%10$519$2,0522Cinema Purgatorio
74Double Dhamaal$470--2--$235$543,3225Reliance Big Pictures
75Farmageddon$463-7%10$463$17,7166Undefined
76Circo$351--1--$351$73,44017First Run Features
77Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$329--1--$329$30,08511First Run Features
78The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$262-65%2-2$131$630,55314Sony Pictures Classics
79Film Socialisme$215-92%1-1$215$27,1778Lorber Films
80Blank City$202-74%10$202$116,03716Insurgent Releasing
81The Music Never Stopped$193--4--$48$255,77319Roadside Attractions