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, Aug. 19 - Sun, Aug. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$20,018,659-23%2,690156$7,442$71,340,8292Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$16,119,502-42%3,471-220$4,644$133,583,8623Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$11,644,672--3,295--$3,534$11,644,6721Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$10,021,215--3,015--$3,324$10,021,2151Lionsgate
5Fright Night (2011)$8,114,388--3,114--$2,606$8,114,3881Disney / DreamWorks
6The Smurfs$7,802,377-43%3,057-370$2,552$117,546,8824Sony / Columbia
7Final Destination 5$7,703,466-57%3,1550$2,442$32,326,6862Warner Bros. / New Line
830 Minutes or Less$6,402,602-52%2,8880$2,217$25,864,4302Sony / Columbia
9One Day$5,079,566--1,721--$2,952$5,079,5661Focus
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$4,797,364-32%1,940-695$2,473$64,266,9694Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,511,411-38%1,738-676$2,596$366,007,9006Warner Bros.
12Cowboys & Aliens$4,215,780-46%2,213-1097$1,905$89,498,3054Universal
13Captain America: The First Avenger$4,115,529-43%1,988-847$2,070$164,747,6435Paramount
14The Change-Up$2,824,945-55%1,633-1280$1,730$31,970,2853Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$1,804,598-70%1,982-58$910$10,443,8832Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$1,279,350-48%755-583$1,695$112,574,9967Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$770,04958%201100$3,831$3,072,8845Weinstein Company
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$606,276-56%484-402$1,253$348,540,0068Paramount / DreamWorks
4Midnight in Paris$552,103-21%258-70$2,140$50,614,94614Sony Pictures Classics
5Friends With Benefits$533,670-71%413-881$1,292$54,712,1455Sony / Screen Gems
6Zookeeper$405,031-60%370-378$1,095$76,771,3357Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$348,218-47%297-197$1,172$186,951,4579Disney
8Green Lantern (2011)$335,379-17%2420$1,386$115,601,13910Warner Bros.
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$302,144-22%274-20$1,103$66,626,80610Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$284,465-19%237-15$1,200$163,942,84213Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bridesmaids$280,595-22%244-41$1,150$167,661,31015Universal
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$263,292-20%231-23$1,140$240,141,36914Disney
13Winnie the Pooh$176,938-54%294-115$602$25,726,4816Disney
14X-Men: First Class$131,661-30%146-37$902$145,939,79512Fox
15The Hangover Part II$131,530-28%193-39$682$254,174,50613Warner Bros.
16Bad Teacher$106,189-48%100-49$1,062$98,108,4259Sony / Columbia
17Monte Carlo$70,235-20%107-17$656$22,813,4718Fox
18Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$35,698-50%1000$357$3,056,0466Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Guard$419,91949%8336$5,059$1,217,6894Sony Pictures Classics
2Born to Be Wild 3D$206,293-8%490$4,210$11,774,07120Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$159,105116%1412$11,365$270,6042Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$150,90331%4422$3,430$409,9893IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5The Devil's Double$147,765-43%83-6$1,780$1,000,5934Lionsgate
6Another Earth$143,604-13%875$1,651$936,4005Fox Searchlight
7Sur le Rythme$127,942-29%72-1$1,777$668,2802Entertainment One Films
8The Tree of Life$119,782-25%96-22$1,248$12,693,86813Fox Searchlight
9Super 8$101,857-6%86-22$1,184$125,691,63011Paramount
10Hubble 3D$94,050-20%290$3,243$28,346,81375Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Attack the Block$83,478-23%444$1,897$604,4204Sony / Screen Gems
12Point Blank$76,15315%3615$2,115$303,2624Magnolia / Magnet
13Buck$73,947-32%78-23$948$3,693,15510IFC Films
14The Trip (2011)$64,715-19%47-8$1,377$1,836,62111IFC Films
15The Future$62,187-2%3111$2,006$333,9974Roadside Attractions
16Beginners$56,128-45%69-34$813$5,640,33612Focus
17The Names of Love$43,494160%2112$2,071$325,0589Music Box Films
18Le Sens de l'humour$42,950-35%40-1$1,074$3,179,1937Alliance Films
193D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$41,9364544%109$4,194$43,5922China Lion Film
20The Hedgehog$39,276--6--$6,546$39,2761NeoClassics Films
21Rio (2011)$38,024-45%68-31$559$143,558,18119Fox
22Amigo$37,324--10--$3,732$37,3241Variance Films
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$35,9566%100$3,596$3,989,742673D Entertainment
24Mozart's Sister$34,046--7--$4,864$34,0461Music Box Films
25Under the Sea 3D$33,576-21%110$3,052$29,652,833132Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Thor$30,733-44%54-27$569$181,015,14116Paramount
27Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$30,153-26%14-3$2,154$388,8327International Film Circuit
28Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$29,304-47%34-1$862$1,101,3997Sony Pictures Classics
29Tabloid$23,730-36%24-7$989$585,5926IFC Films
30A Better Life$23,01232%6514$354$1,732,3059Summit
31Terri$22,71213%18-3$1,262$571,7378IDP/ATO Pictures
32Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$20,483-75%37-67$554$1,283,6596Fox Searchlight
33Space Station 3D$16,764-15%1-1$16,764$84,193,437488IMAX
34Bellflower$16,484-31%81$2,061$85,3043Oscilloscope
35Cave of Forgotten Dreams$16,114-13%150$1,074$5,234,78517IFC Films
36Gun Hill Road$14,087-40%5-5$2,817$106,1213Motion Film Group
37The Interrupters$12,053-16%20$6,027$56,9494Cinema Guild
38Project Nim$11,840-49%12-6$987$334,4527Roadside Attractions
39Page One: Inside the New York Times$11,817-48%16-7$739$1,019,99410Magnolia Pictures
40The Double Hour$8,80520%120$734$1,510,89319IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Turtle: The Incredible Journey$7,601-57%3-9$2,534$349,2649Hannover House
42Magic Trip$7,537-56%103$754$61,2663Magnolia Pictures
43CornerStore$7,426-42%21$3,713$25,9192Undefined
44Incendies$7,408-28%4-7$1,852$6,812,16018Sony Pictures Classics
45Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$6,668-8%21$3,334$25,3582Lorber Films
46Life, Above All$6,592143%40$1,648$82,8836Sony Pictures Classics
47Bride Flight$6,344-29%10-2$634$459,01211Music Box Films
48Mysteries of Lisbon$6,323-51%1-1$6,323$51,6223Music Box Films
49Life in a Day$6,270-61%10-7$627$207,3244National Geographic
505 Days of War$6,254--2--$3,127$6,2541Anchor Bay Films
51El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$6,056-5%21$3,028$74,2784Alive Mind Cinema
52Griff the Invisible$5,087--6--$848$5,0871Indomina Media
53The Last Circus$4,757--1--$4,757$4,7571Magnolia / Magnet
54WAR: Women Art Revolution$4,564--2--$2,282$36,69212Zeitgeist Films
55Insidious$4,063-23%9-4$451$53,984,26921FilmDistrict
56The Perfect Host$3,84921%104$385$43,9188Magnolia Pictures
57Everything Must Go$2,807136%41$702$2,706,12415Roadside Attractions
58How To Live Forever$2,532--1--$2,532$56,39915Variance Films
59Passione: A Musical Adventure$2,457-79%3-2$819$184,7159Abramorama
60Viva Riva!$2,408--2--$1,204$56,41111Music Box Films
61Trollhunter$2,406-72%5-9$481$240,85111Magnolia / Magnet
6213 Assassins$2,069-26%42$517$802,52417Magnolia / Magnet
63The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,918--2--$959$29,20015Argot Pictures
64Rejoice and Shout$1,84147%51$368$97,86612Magnolia Pictures
65The Tree$1,605-53%2-4$803$28,1686Zeitgeist Films
66The Sleeping Beauty$1,591207%10$1,591$26,3077Strand Releasing
67Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,52319%30$508$238,17049Collective Eye
68The Conspirator$1,48683%42$372$11,535,47419Roadside Attractions
69Salvation Boulevard$1,397-14%2-2$699$27,4456IFC Films
70Jig$1,380--1--$1,380$157,50410Screen Media Films
71Flypaper$1,098--2--$549$1,0981IFC Films
72Octubre$1,0953%21$548$21,58016New Yorker Films
73Leap Year (2011)$1,086204%10$1,086$11,2939Strand Releasing
74Meek's Cutoff$920-58%2-2$460$977,60020Oscilloscope
75Daylight (2011)$890790%10$890$3,8836Cinema Purgatorio
76Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$886-42%2-1$443$262,7349Abramorama
77The Myth of the American Sleepover$819-59%21$410$39,0015IFC Films
78Summer (2011 re-issue)$80421%21$402$29,73611The Film Desk
79If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$800-72%20$400$61,1539Oscilloscope
80Bill Cunningham New York$725-69%1-3$725$1,473,05423Zeitgeist Films
81Rapt$644-66%1-1$644$34,0047Lorber Films
82The Robber$642-5%10$642$80,99917Kino International
83In a Better World$605-95%2-13$303$1,005,76221Sony Pictures Classics
84The Arbor$576--1--$576$20,13917Strand Releasing
85The Woodmans$492--1--$492$37,97631Lorber Films
86The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$480--1--$480$638,21618Sony Pictures Classics
87Queen to Play$432-89%1-3$432$477,93821Zeitgeist Films
88Road to Nowhere$365-14%21$183$39,35111Monterey Media
89Pianomania$272-62%10$272$20,00813First Run Features
90My Perestroika$215-69%1-1$215$241,13922International Film Circuit