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, Mar. 16 - Sun, Mar. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$36,302,612--3,121--$11,632$36,302,6121Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$22,764,760-41%3,76923$6,040$158,387,7753Universal
3John Carter$13,569,795-55%3,7490$3,620$53,227,2482Disney
4Project X (2012)$4,044,159-64%2,922-133$1,384$48,170,0053Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$3,733,697-47%2,765-186$1,350$62,454,0664Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$3,632,932-41%1,8955$1,917$11,985,7532Paramount
7Safe House$2,716,795-43%1,920-224$1,415$120,209,8906Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$2,388,320-34%1,935-590$1,234$94,994,0066Warner Bros. / New Line
9This Means War$2,141,760-43%1,660-289$1,290$50,541,5425Fox
10Silent House (2012)$2,113,800-68%2,1240$995$10,605,5442Open Road
11The Vow$2,094,103-46%2,175-303$963$121,157,3586Sony / Screen Gems
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,374,996-53%1,016-500$1,353$32,731,3294Lionsgate
13The Artist$1,042,955-50%1,155-350$903$42,108,37417Weinstein Company
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$859,884-56%1,024-780$840$49,742,2765Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$2,287,239--382--$5,988$2,287,2391Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$1,454,561-28%640271$2,273$4,184,5432Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$855,709--254--$3,369$855,7091Paramount Vantage
4Wanderlust$520,025-69%698-522$745$16,744,1254Universal
5Chronicle$489,090-46%432-163$1,132$63,159,0517Fox
6Hugo$487,073-22%38370$1,272$72,993,75317Paramount
7A Separation$470,880-35%2821$1,670$5,562,57012Sony Pictures Classics
8The Iron Lady$426,486-25%4569$935$28,615,75712Weinstein Company
9The Descendants$291,231-57%347-170$839$81,996,04218Fox Searchlight
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$276,449-4%286-1$967$131,648,40114Fox
11Gone$267,573-70%476-668$562$11,359,6674Summit
12Seeking Justice$249,465--231--$1,080$249,4651Anchor Bay Films
13The Woman in Black$241,607-51%305-128$792$53,473,7667CBS Films
14The Secret World of Arrietty$241,430-42%304-197$794$18,019,3665Disney
15Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$237,494-24%2290$1,037$208,782,80514Paramount
16The Grey$152,78023%21968$698$51,170,0628Open Road
17Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$144,472-58%156-102$926$43,114,7136Fox
18We Bought a Zoo$141,965-25%188-40$755$74,908,77113Fox
19Big Miracle$130,975-15%236-2$555$19,792,4257Universal
20War Horse$129,47889%200114$647$79,504,53413Disney / DreamWorks
21Red Tails$91,716-20%152-26$603$49,480,7659Fox
22Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$85,691-46%125-83$686$186,677,30414Warner Bros.
23The Adventures of Tintin$80,274-43%123-30$653$77,564,03713Paramount
24Rampart$74,286-1%10648$701$771,6616Millennium Entertainment
25The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$71,967-58%108-103$666$102,515,79313Sony / Columbia
26One For the Money$63,19079%11248$564$26,196,0598Lionsgate
27Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$41,568-64%105-97$396$31,798,90313Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$460,536104%6244$7,428$768,9362CBS Films
2Kahaani$263,241-3%537$4,967$625,3952Viva Entertainment
3Being Flynn$146,542229%8876$1,665$266,5283Focus
4Born to Be Wild 3D$129,5936%400$3,240$17,261,18350Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$102,372-41%86-23$1,190$24,104,11315Focus
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$100,109-36%655$1,540$1,202,29615Oscilloscope
7Jiro Dreams of Sushi$91,214117%64$15,202$156,3542Magnolia Pictures
8Pina$85,701-29%555$1,558$3,173,98113IFC Films
9In Darkness$73,447-36%522$1,412$702,3196Sony Pictures Classics
10Footnote$67,08741%64$11,181$138,8242Sony Pictures Classics
11Hubble 3D$54,4018%20-1$2,720$31,491,161105Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Undefeated$52,829-8%218$2,516$330,8885Weinstein Company
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$48,2490%120$4,021$5,033,939973D Entertainment
14The Kid With A Bike$45,933--3--$15,311$45,9331IFC Films
15Under the Sea 3D$43,46315%121$3,622$30,869,036162Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Devil Inside$38,5191620%7767$500$53,245,05511Paramount
17A Dangerous Method$37,684-28%595$639$5,601,75217Sony Pictures Classics
18Chico & Rita$37,13071%229$1,688$247,4556GKIDS
19Coriolanus$33,805-32%212$1,610$531,2839Weinstein Company
20Thin Ice$32,843-49%41-2$801$612,3085IDP/ATO Pictures
21Albert Nobbs$30,607-20%483$638$2,846,3288Roadside Attractions
22Joyful Noise$29,777-49%65-38$458$30,920,16710Warner Bros.
23W.E.$26,704-25%20-4$1,335$428,9677Weinstein Company
24My Week with Marilyn$26,506-67%50-70$530$14,554,94417Weinstein Company
25The Salt of Life$24,283-33%133$1,868$101,6013Zeitgeist Films
26The Muppets$21,928-47%52-32$422$88,586,97617Disney
27The FP$15,465--28--$552$15,4651Drafthouse Films
28Shame$15,103-32%18-2$839$3,924,10516Fox Searchlight
29Haywire$14,263-66%69-13$207$18,934,8589Relativity Media
30Gerhard Richter Painting$13,537--1--$13,537$20,3711Kino Lorber
31Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$11,408-63%26-7$439$168,1653Magnolia Pictures
32Detachment$10,739--2--$5,370$10,7391Tribeca Film
33Natural Selection$10,375--1--$10,375$10,3751Cinema Guild
34Free Men$9,080--2--$4,540$9,0801Film Movement
35Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$8,378--2--$4,189$298,05822Submarine Deluxe
362012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$7,254-66%10-8$725$1,690,0506Shorts International
37The Forgiveness of Blood$6,928-69%9-3$770$96,7844IFC Films
38Let The Bullets Fly$6,720-43%6-4$1,120$39,8903Variance Films
39Children of Paradise (2012 re-issue)$6,286-41%1-1$6,286$20,8222Janus Films
40Carnage (2011)$5,712-66%13-6$439$2,525,38014Sony Pictures Classics
41The Women on the 6th Floor$5,542-39%4-2$1,386$656,66124Strand Releasing
42Love$5,504-64%5-10$1,101$297,3225China Lion Film
43Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$5,471-4%3-1$1,824$889,36337International Film Circuit
44Sing Your Song$5,127--2--$2,564$39,20110S2BN Films
45Paan Singh Tomar$4,130-46%50$826$39,5673UTV Communications
46Around June$3,060--2--$1,530$3,0601Indican Pictures
47Beauty and the Beast 3D$2,898-42%5-2$580$47,279,36310Disney
48The Understudy$2,296--2--$1,148$2,2961Indican Pictures
49Le Havre$2,279-54%40$570$600,55422Janus Films
50Ranchero$2,240-49%1-1$2,240$19,36536Indican Pictures
51Death of the Virgin$2,146--1--$2,146$24,4186Indican Pictures
52Midnight in Paris$1,821-56%4440$41$56,816,66244Sony Pictures Classics
53The Snowtown Murders$1,548-22%31$516$8,0123IFC Films
54This Is Not A Film$1,426-81%1-1$1,426$36,7863Palisades Tartan
55Addiction Incorporated$1,376-54%4-1$344$36,59714Variance Films
56Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,304-79%3-7$435$177,4724UTV Communications
57Attenberg$1,161-71%10$1,161$7,7622Strand Releasing
58Sound of Noise$1,001-83%1-2$1,001$11,6752Magnolia Pictures
59The Flowers of War$752-80%2-2$376$283,2129Wrekin Hill Entertainment
60On the Ice$743-65%20$372$45,7905PMK*BNC
61Take Shelter$74262%10$742$1,729,96925Sony Pictures Classics
62Reuniting The Rubins$734--2--$367$7341Monterey Media
63The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$715-71%10$715$38,7959First Run Features
64The Skin I Live In$63213%1-4$632$3,184,08823Sony Pictures Classics
65The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$501-64%10$501$2,5412The Film Desk
66Falling Away$468-73%1-1$468$6,8663Indican Pictures
67Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$437--1--$437$19,45435The Film Desk
68The Viral Factor$325-91%1-12$325$220,1459China Lion Film
69Domain$265--1--$265$6,91410Strand Releasing
70Kung Fu Joe$250-50%10$250$12,5166Indican Pictures