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, Jan. 20 - Sun, Jan. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$25,306,725--3,078--$8,222$25,306,7251Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$18,782,154--2,512--$7,477$18,782,1541Fox
3Contraband$12,039,605-51%2,8707$4,195$45,937,5252Universal
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,045,33210935%2,6302624$3,820$10,737,2395Warner Bros.
5Beauty and the Beast 3D$8,779,676-51%2,6250$3,345$33,588,0562Disney
6Haywire$8,425,370--2,439--$3,454$8,425,3701Relativity Media
7Joyful Noise$5,917,437-47%2,7350$2,164$21,745,4192Warner Bros.
8Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$5,554,254-52%2,519-827$2,205$197,363,4416Paramount
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,515,497-47%2,485-670$1,817$178,321,7266Warner Bros.
10The Iron Lady$3,684,279-32%1,076274$3,424$12,585,9584Weinstein Company
11The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$3,528,514-47%1,907-767$1,850$94,553,5825Sony / Columbia
12War Horse$3,150,502-47%2,525-331$1,248$72,285,1805Disney / DreamWorks
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,076,168-48%2,070-779$1,486$124,682,2056Fox
14We Bought a Zoo$2,783,440-50%2,065-844$1,348$69,565,0255Fox
15The Devil Inside$2,668,865-67%2,207-344$1,209$51,289,9723Paramount
16The Adventures of Tintin$2,218,841-45%1,340-733$1,656$72,321,0065Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$2,372,29813%560-100$4,236$51,259,65810Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$2,371,80399%662446$3,583$12,119,7189Weinstein Company
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,763,380-45%731-155$2,412$18,328,9777Focus
4Hugo$937,620-10%650105$1,442$55,887,4029Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$427,309-12%331-34$1,291$62,597,36210Warner Bros.
6A Dangerous Method$382,733-23%1051$3,645$3,337,6949Sony Pictures Classics
7Puss in Boots (2011)$355,089-14%292-24$1,216$147,722,07513Paramount / DreamWorks
8Jack and Jill$342,346-17%283-15$1,210$72,952,65311Sony / Columbia
9My Week with Marilyn$327,104-31%225-175$1,454$12,066,4619Weinstein Company
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$308,718-60%370-338$834$280,262,45710Lionsgate / Summit
11Carnage (2011)$283,565-60%248-246$1,143$1,945,5746Sony Pictures Classics
12The Muppets$261,418-54%285-262$917$87,036,3799Disney
13The Darkest Hour$183,036-83%301-881$608$21,074,6275Summit
14Tower Heist$178,200-26%220-40$810$77,821,29512Universal
15The Sitter$142,648-72%191-258$747$30,021,3117Fox
16Young Adult$138,213-74%150-237$921$16,075,4487Paramount
17New Year's Eve$136,781-87%265-827$516$54,185,4737Warner Bros. / New Line
18Real Steel$134,632-5%162-25$831$85,255,42816Disney / DreamWorks
19Immortals$123,235-25%169-18$729$83,270,59511Relativity Media
20Moneyball$58,697-25%110-18$534$75,524,65818Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$243,79869%9554$2,566$2,983,1988Fox Searchlight
2A Separation$168,818135%137$12,986$541,0414Sony Pictures Classics
3Pina$136,66810%104$13,667$782,1315IFC Films
4Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos$119,300--42--$2,840$119,3001Eleven Arts
5Born to Be Wild 3D$100,396-4%450$2,231$15,662,57442Warner Bros. / IMAX
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$73,71074%75$10,530$184,7317Oscilloscope
7Pariah (2011)$64,971-36%21-3$3,094$497,5794Focus
8The Viral Factor$63,235--22--$2,874$63,2351China Lion Film
9Coriolanus$61,136--9--$6,793$61,1361Weinstein Company
10In Time$57,633-24%97-9$594$37,454,84413Fox
11Courageous$51,476-42%90-26$572$34,522,22117Sony / TriStar
12Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$49,73868%8-1$6,217$4,611,172893D Entertainment
13Melancholia$48,632-38%52-15$935$2,912,67611Magnolia Pictures
14The Flowers of War$48,558--30--$1,619$139,7521Wrekin Hill Entertainment
15Hubble 3D$34,459-28%211$1,641$30,726,38297Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Vettai$34,397-61%21-13$1,638$148,9382UTV Communications
17J. Edgar$31,053-44%46-36$675$37,036,91511Warner Bros.
18Drive (2011)$26,543-8%331$804$35,010,46419FilmDistrict
19In the Land of Blood and Honey$25,693-42%14-4$1,835$201,2255FilmDistrict
20Dolphin Tale$24,893-38%63-28$395$72,279,69018Warner Bros.
21Under the Sea 3D$22,317-9%8-1$2,790$30,430,092154Warner Bros. / IMAX
22The Way$21,056-37%28-12$752$4,373,59816Producers Distribution Agency
23Midnight in Paris$12,94728%13-2$996$56,446,21736Sony Pictures Classics
24The Skin I Live In$12,267-42%17-14$722$3,147,49915Sony Pictures Classics
25The Women on the 6th Floor$11,354-17%71$1,622$534,77416Strand Releasing
26Le Havre$11,198--14--$800$514,96814Janus Films
27Don 2$9,493-75%12-16$791$3,673,2505Reliance Big Entertainment
28Margin Call$8,148-46%14-6$582$5,344,10414Roadside Attractions
29Crazy Horse$7,963--1--$7,963$12,3371Zipporah Films
30Take Shelter$7,76723%162$485$1,716,35317Sony Pictures Classics
31The Help$7,393-50%22-6$336$169,598,52324Disney / DreamWorks
32Young Goethe In Love$6,320148%85$790$122,18512Music Box Films
33Martha Marcy May Marlene$6,107-30%172$359$2,965,48414Fox Searchlight
34Tomboy (2011)$5,509278%105$551$106,34310Dada Films
35Carol Channing: Larger Than Life$5,000--2--$2,500$5,0001Entertainment One Films
36The Man Nobody Knew$4,9641245%32$1,655$181,27618First Run Features
37The Mill and the Cross$4,8922%4-1$1,223$289,45219Kino Lorber
38The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$4,721--1--$4,721$4,7211First Run Features
39The City Dark$4,594--1--$4,594$7,0321Argot Pictures
40Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston$3,968--1--$3,968$3,9681Tribeca Films
41The Guard$3,87521%9-2$431$5,354,86826Sony Pictures Classics
42Man on a Mission$3,160-8%51$632$7,0152First Run Features
43Buzzkill$2,912--2--$1,456$2,9121Indican Pictures
44Sing Your Song$2,803-79%20$1,402$20,1192S2BN Films
45Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,571-76%10$2,571$41,5213Cinema Guild
46OKA!$2,496--1--$2,496$17,42615Dada Films
47Santa Mesa$2,276-41%1-2$2,276$7,7172Indican Pictures
48Addiction Incorporated$2,200-1%21$1,100$13,5036Variance Films
49Sophomore$2,080-84%10$2,080$16,6512Undefined
50Blackthorn$1,958-26%3-2$653$196,71316Magnolia Pictures
51My Reincarnation$1,872-12%2-1$936$71,24213Long Shot Factory
52Roadie (2010)$1,813110%10$1,813$7,5563Magnolia Pictures
53Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,474-50%2-2$737$271,92914Submarine Deluxe
54Mozart's Sister$1,402-53%2-4$701$705,26423Music Box Films
55Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$1,248-49%10$1,248$850,64329International Film Circuit
56Outrage$1,100-38%3-2$367$41,1778Magnolia / Magnet
57The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$921--2--$461$28,47720The Film Desk
58Pianomania$790-2%10$790$49,53435First Run Features
59Tyrannosaur$746--1--$746$18,52510Strand Releasing
60Jane's Journey$72438%10$724$26,10719First Run Features
61Loosies$566-30%21$283$3,3182IFC Films
62Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$512--2--$256$38,85219International Film Circuit
63Crazy Wisdom$294-85%1-1$294$47,5949Alive Mind Cinema
64The Interrupters$208--1--$208$275,17126Cinema Guild
65Charlotte Rampling: The Look$198-69%20$99$14,22212Kino Lorber
66Eames: The Architect and the Painter$186--1--$186$144,36510First Run Features
67Garbo: The Spy$128-88%1-1$128$27,60310First Run Features