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, Sep. 16 - Sun, Sep. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$30,151,614--2,330--$12,941$30,151,6141Disney
2Contagion$14,548,433-35%3,2220$4,515$44,260,5242Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$11,340,461--2,886--$3,929$11,340,4611FilmDistrict
4The Help$6,513,039-27%3,01479$2,161$147,439,7936Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$5,123,760--2,408--$2,128$5,123,7601Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$4,402,201--2,476--$1,778$4,402,2011Weinstein Company
7The Debt$2,942,631-38%1,831-45$1,607$26,564,4313Focus
8Warrior (2011)$2,860,325-45%1,88314$1,519$10,002,6252Lionsgate
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,658,131-32%2,340-547$1,136$171,651,5377Fox
10Colombiana$2,330,291-41%1,933-421$1,206$33,377,5234Sony / TriStar
11Shark Night 3D$1,801,701-47%2,082-766$865$17,310,4023Relativity Media
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,590,367-36%1,650-894$964$36,107,7345Weinstein Company
13Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,566,182-28%1,145-165$1,368$80,736,2738Warner Bros.
14Our Idiot Brother$1,294,791-51%1,747-649$741$23,672,2104Weinstein Company
15The Smurfs$1,243,268-31%1,419-558$876$137,593,8818Sony / Columbia
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,124,591-48%1,334-917$843$22,783,5024FilmDistrict
17Apollo 18$1,097,433-62%1,795-1535$611$16,885,8423Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$395,254-72%1,5000$264$2,331,3182Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$1,190,756-38%230132$5,177$3,598,2622CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$700,498-30%601-209$1,166$378,180,62110Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$563,946-33%540-264$1,044$174,301,5209Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$557,049-14%437-118$1,275$3,589,8823Visio Entertainment
5Cowboys & Aliens$530,810-36%614-306$865$98,830,2768Universal
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$469,208168%306129$1,533$351,331,98712Paramount / DreamWorks
7Horrible Bosses$445,361-24%444-59$1,003$116,504,48711Warner Bros. / New Line
8Zookeeper$374,037-14%3485$1,075$79,234,20111Sony / Columbia
9Midnight in Paris$340,770-18%301-49$1,132$54,060,59718Sony Pictures Classics
10The Guard$339,784-17%202-1$1,682$3,782,3498Sony Pictures Classics
11Bad Teacher$326,549450%474378$689$99,390,89813Sony / Columbia
12Sarah's Key$266,506-32%266-40$1,002$6,316,8009Weinstein Company
13The Change-Up$228,715-29%307-67$745$36,841,2457Universal
1430 Minutes or Less$222,553-58%291-355$765$36,900,3256Sony / Columbia
15Final Destination 5$211,329-62%302-353$700$42,139,2086Warner Bros. / New Line
16Mr. Popper's Penguins$161,8280%213-39$760$67,893,86514Fox
17One Day$151,080-61%254-238$595$13,766,0145Focus
18Bridesmaids$126,565-20%170-27$745$168,944,10019Universal
19Kung Fu Panda 2$97,451-21%142-22$686$165,128,18217Paramount / DreamWorks
20Super 8$92,421-35%159-44$581$126,869,83315Paramount
21Conan the Barbarian (2011)$87,936-71%154-397$571$21,150,2445Lionsgate
22Saving Private Perez$87,335-65%116-49$753$1,329,8503Lionsgate / Pantelion
23Fright Night (2011)$65,462-72%148-287$442$18,011,5145Disney / DreamWorks
24Green Lantern (2011)$54,832-52%103-52$532$116,551,12214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Higher Ground$110,546-9%8125$1,365$459,6674Sony Pictures Classics
2Born to Be Wild 3D$105,32815%490$2,150$12,839,94324Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$64,648-27%37-3$1,747$1,113,2776Producers Distribution Agency
4Friends With Benefits$62,714-20%96-18$653$55,802,7549Sony / Screen Gems
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$62,292-32%98-52$636$241,011,32518Disney
6Monte Carlo$59,143-41%46-23$1,286$23,131,33412Fox
7Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$52,404117%1916$2,758$163,6843Indomina Media
8Hubble 3D$49,81714%28-3$1,779$28,832,87879Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Whistleblower$49,283-15%58-1$850$964,9267IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
10Circumstance$48,841-12%318$1,576$254,4664Roadside Attractions
11Love Crime$43,3352%177$2,549$159,9933IFC Films
12Mozart's Sister$39,10659%175$2,300$181,8485Music Box Films
13The Tree of Life$35,318-25%41-21$861$13,150,73317Fox Searchlight
14Point Blank$35,0996%379$949$583,3738Magnolia / Magnet
15Buck$28,298-28%63-15$449$4,003,33214IFC Films
16Attack the Block$24,304-53%35-16$694$1,003,4628Sony / Screen Gems
17The Interrupters$20,64074%100$2,064$168,3878Cinema Guild
18Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,231-17%120$1,603$4,202,699713D Entertainment
19X-Men: First Class$17,349-57%36-31$482$146,390,21016Fox
20The Future$16,394-10%293$565$501,8588Roadside Attractions
21The Trip (2011)$16,36522%22-6$744$2,002,81515IFC Films
22Under the Sea 3D$16,26054%9-1$1,807$29,806,095136Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Restless (2011)$15,467--5--$3,093$15,4671Sony Pictures Classics
24Bol$14,682-44%380$386$177,9323Eros International
25Shaolin$14,644-23%111$1,331$41,5702Variance Films
26Brighton Rock (2011)$14,616-16%164$914$142,8694IFC Films
27Winnie the Pooh$13,988-87%35-212$400$26,687,17210Disney
28Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology$13,304--3--$4,435$13,3041Paladin
29Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$13,095-44%82$1,637$99,4213Music Box Films
30The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$11,613-33%20$5,807$37,8622IFC Films
31Caesar & Otto's Summer Camp Massacre$11,375--5--$2,275$11,3751Nocturnal Features
32The Mill and the Cross$11,354--1--$11,354$15,4431Kino Lorber
33Space Station 3D$10,789190%21$5,395$84,273,161492IMAX
34Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$10,299-51%11-6$936$543,69011International Film Circuit
353 (2010)$9,821--4--$2,455$9,8211Strand Releasing
36Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$9,65732%204$483$1,170,39711Sony Pictures Classics
37The Devil's Double$9,406-57%25-8$376$1,341,9998Lionsgate
38Tabloid$9,10650%163$569$671,72310IFC Films
39Love in Space$8,282-40%13-2$637$28,0082China Lion Film
40The Names of Love$8,148-46%15-3$543$464,49013Music Box Films
41My Kingdom (2011)$8,003-52%18-2$445$31,3362China Lion Film
42Amigo$7,8335%6-1$1,306$124,7065Variance Films
43Bellflower$7,653-5%134$589$133,6097Oscilloscope
44Terri$7,483-44%11-6$680$653,57812IDP/ATO Pictures
45Another Earth$7,301-67%17-24$429$1,292,9529Fox Searchlight
46Happy, Happy$7,125--4--$1,781$7,1251Magnolia Pictures
47After (2011)$7,09412%10$7,094$18,4752Undefined
48Magic Trip$6,961-47%10-8$696$131,3647Magnolia Pictures
49Life, Above All$6,903148%188$384$105,74310Sony Pictures Classics
50Project Nim$6,48910%176$382$383,37311Roadside Attractions
51People v. The State of Illusion$6,228--1--$6,228$20,2342IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
52Jane's Journey$6,193--1--$6,193$6,1931First Run Features
53Farmageddon$6,103915%75$872$33,32014Undefined
54Life in a Day$5,70213%72$815$244,5878National Geographic
55The Last Circus$4,850142%62$808$24,5125Magnolia / Magnet
56Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$4,330--2--$2,165$6,7291International Film Circuit
57Mysteries of Lisbon$3,922464%32$1,307$68,2317Music Box Films
58Bride Flight$3,62265%51$724$489,43915Music Box Films
59The Tree$3,505108%52$701$48,73310Zeitgeist Films
60Back Door Channels$3,425--1--$3,425$3,4251Fisher Klingenstein Films
61The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$3,228-30%10$3,228$10,5852The Film Desk
62Passione: A Musical Adventure$2,922370%21$1,461$199,26913Abramorama
633D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$2,852-42%3-3$951$150,1036China Lion Film
64El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,695214%4-1$674$112,4298Alive Mind Cinema
65Trollhunter$2,544152%31$848$252,65215Magnolia / Magnet
66Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$2,456-70%8-11$307$11,852,2586Fox
67Turtle: The Incredible Journey$2,183-56%31$728$374,39913Hannover House
68Special Treatment$2,137--1--$2,137$4,9924First Run Features
69Page One: Inside the New York Times$1,517-50%4-4$379$1,052,26314Magnolia Pictures
70Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,487-49%5-3$297$1,341,76710Fox Searchlight
71Evidence of a Haunting$1,470-91%2-3$735$71,8344Nocturnal Features
72Incendies$1,464-74%60$244$6,856,12722Sony Pictures Classics
73The Whale$1,394-71%20$697$8,4812Paladin
74Griff the Invisible$1,17379%20$587$18,1975Indomina Media
75Bill Cunningham New York$1,163-87%1-2$1,163$1,498,64527Zeitgeist Films
76Rapt$1,07626%21$538$39,71311Lorber Films
77The Weird World of Blowfly$1,036--1--$1,036$1,0361Variance Films
78Littlerock$1,029-48%1-1$1,029$13,9276Variance Films
79Where Soldiers Come From$777--1--$777$3,9152International Film Circuit
80Romeos$773--1--$773$7731Strand Releasing
81City of Life and Death$714--2--$357$106,18819Kino International
82The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$481-87%30$160$81,80013Rialto Pictures
83Aurora$444--1--$444$4,06012Cinema Guild
84CornerStore$411-53%10$411$40,1816Undefined
85Tanner Hall$315-89%1-4$315$5,0052Anchor Bay Films
86The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$260--1--$260$152,53025Lorber Films
87Little Girl$207--1--$207$1,2553First Run Features
88Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$72-85%10$72$40,5186Lorber Films
89Road to Nowhere$68--1--$68$40,29415Monterey Media
90Film Socialisme$49--1--$49$31,23916Lorber Films