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. 30 - Sun, Apr. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$58,551,063-62%4,1370$14,153$248,483,9012Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$33,457,188--3,545--$9,438$33,457,1881Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$18,132,085--3,603--$5,032$18,132,0851Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$14,830,066-28%3,14827$4,711$92,882,6903Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$7,784,645-41%3,264-413$2,385$189,332,4455Universal
6John Carter$2,029,500-60%2,397-815$847$66,233,8394Disney
7Act of Valor$1,001,906-51%1,239-980$809$67,745,4006Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$902,587-54%1,007-780$896$16,508,0684Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$1,272,64381%483359$2,635$3,169,6224CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$810,388-40%908-432$892$98,455,5958Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$807,236-58%903-1162$894$53,354,0125Warner Bros.
4Safe House$780,050-44%729-601$1,070$123,881,7808Universal
5October Baby$771,498-55%387-3$1,994$3,094,15923IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$677,95216%513259$1,322$2,692,0303Paramount Vantage
7Casa de mi Padre$589,456-50%439-36$1,343$5,011,0553Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Friends With Kids$460,026-44%308-250$1,494$6,325,9014Roadside Attractions
9This Means War$417,645-58%575-613$726$53,076,9347Fox
10The Vow$330,240-61%514-744$642$123,473,4568Sony / Screen Gems
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$305,672-4%380-131$804$50,753,6647Sony / Columbia
12The Artist$279,599-41%315-261$888$43,546,37219Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$269,905-68%321-300$841$34,401,7376Lionsgate
14A Separation$220,793-33%199-62$1,110$6,445,73514Sony Pictures Classics
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$206,481-15%222-26$930$132,349,97716Fox
16The Iron Lady$181,934-28%284-43$641$29,414,72714Weinstein Company
17Silent House (2012)$176,172-72%325-877$542$12,372,0494Open Road
18The Woman in Black$154,013-22%179-1$860$53,946,9899CBS Films
19Chronicle$133,968-34%198-94$677$63,759,1689Fox
20Hugo$129,704-48%174-109$745$73,688,26419Paramount
21Agent Vinod$119,644-72%1220$981$632,4462Eros International
22We Bought a Zoo$108,224-13%136-19$796$75,279,52215Fox
23Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$107,207-42%150-50$715$209,239,67916Paramount
24The Secret World of Arrietty$104,800-37%183-46$573$18,450,5127Disney
25Big Miracle$96,060-23%170-54$565$20,113,9659Universal
26The Descendants$87,802-40%118-81$744$82,436,57820Fox Searchlight
27Wanderlust$74,225-47%116-119$640$17,255,6756Universal
28The Grey$61,399-48%2040$301$51,475,17210Open Road
29Red Tails$59,764-19%101-30$592$49,703,34211Fox
30One For the Money$37,287-49%102-49$366$26,370,44810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid: Redemption$270,49627%4632$5,880$582,4422Sony Pictures Classics
2Footnote$240,18254%6037$4,003$605,5064Sony Pictures Classics
3Jiro Dreams of Sushi$193,54110%4417$4,399$665,8274Magnolia Pictures
4The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$164,40933%5019$3,288$338,0162Music Box Films
5The Kid With A Bike$135,30229%3713$3,657$349,1133IFC Films
6Bully (2012)$116,472--5--$23,294$116,4721Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$103,875-3%400$2,597$17,664,16352Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Love in the Buff$91,233--10--$9,123$91,2331China Lion Film
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$76,4439099%5957$1,296$47,359,06512Disney
10Hubble 3D$69,91233%19-4$3,680$31,741,956107Warner Bros. / IMAX
11We Need to Talk About Kevin$67,401-30%67-13$1,006$1,462,67717Oscilloscope
12War Horse$60,649-35%96-74$632$79,781,90715Disney / DreamWorks
13Goon$49,076--31--$1,583$4,049,1101Magnolia / Magnet
14In Darkness$44,576-26%49-2$910$862,2658Sony Pictures Classics
15Pina$43,161-33%33-18$1,308$3,372,44615IFC Films
16Being Flynn$42,268-44%40-33$1,057$480,0255Focus
17Intruders$40,746--33--$1,235$40,7461Millennium Entertainment
18Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$38,931-34%120$3,244$5,198,114993D Entertainment
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$37,776-28%55-31$687$186,830,66916Warner Bros.
20Gone$34,179-56%61-122$560$11,586,8166Summit
21Undefeated$31,73416%16-1$1,983$424,2827Weinstein Company
22Under the Sea 3D$28,097-19%142$2,007$30,990,917164Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$24,180-50%30-44$806$43,271,5878Fox
24The Salt of Life$24,118260%106$2,412$147,9295Zeitgeist Films
25Thin Ice$24,068-15%30-9$802$691,8467IDP/ATO Pictures
26Albert Nobbs$22,486-26%29-15$775$2,928,90210Roadside Attractions
27W.E.$19,1483%213$912$490,7919Weinstein Company
28Coriolanus$18,245-20%16-3$1,140$599,64511Weinstein Company
29Detachment$17,175--15--$1,145$45,2523Tribeca Film
30Boy$16,8518%92$1,872$115,4435Paladin
31The Island President$13,998--2--$6,999$17,9031IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32Rampart$13,635-55%30-37$455$856,6708Millennium Entertainment
33Shame$13,273-8%14-2$948$3,968,51818Fox Searchlight
34Gerhard Richter Painting$11,394-48%5-1$2,279$83,2903Kino Lorber
35Musical Chairs$10,62517%123$885$23,7662Paladin
36Turn Me On, Dammit!$10,145--2--$5,073$10,1451New Yorker Films
37The Muppets$8,464-32%21-14$403$88,625,92219Disney
38A Dangerous Method$7,885-73%20-27$394$5,673,60719Sony Pictures Classics
39My Week with Marilyn$7,252-45%12-32$604$14,597,40519Weinstein Company
40The Flowers of War$6,718--3--$2,239$291,94511Wrekin Hill Entertainment
41The Long Day Closes (2012 re-issue)$6,7001437%10$6,700$12,3624The Film Desk
42The Women on the 6th Floor$5,531-10%4-1$1,383$674,61026Strand Releasing
43Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$4,568-28%11-3$415$188,3395Magnolia Pictures
44Seeking Justice$3,871-88%8-66$484$410,8193Anchor Bay Films
45On the Ice$3,852306%21$1,926$55,6347PMK*BNC
46Natural Selection$3,683-14%31$1,228$23,2273Cinema Guild
47Let The Bullets Fly$3,438-55%3-4$1,146$56,6735Variance Films
48Carnage (2011)$3,139-1%123$262$2,540,64116Sony Pictures Classics
49The Forgiveness of Blood$3,113-51%6-3$519$113,5186IFC Films
50Free Men$3,077-68%2-2$1,539$30,9023Film Movement
514:44 Last Day on Earth$2,971-64%1-2$2,971$15,7382IFC Films
52The Trouble with Bliss$2,160-53%21$1,080$7,83427A Productions
53Le Havre$2,018445%32$673$607,52124Janus Films
54The FP$1,892-64%5-3$378$33,7773Drafthouse Films
55Addiction Incorporated$1,721238%10$1,721$39,97416Variance Films
56Love$1,670-52%1-3$1,670$307,4047China Lion Film
57Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$1,639--2--$820$91,64513Cinema Guild
58Sing Your Song$1,532157%20$766$42,58912S2BN Films
59The Turin Horse$1,481-44%1-1$1,481$35,5788Cinema Guild
60The Beat Hotel$1,458--1--$1,458$1,4581First Run Features
61I Kissed A Vampire$1,380--11--$125$1,3801Monterey Media
62Starry, Starry Night$1,013-56%21$507$4,3752China Lion Film
63Ranchero$987--1--$987$21,15038Indican Pictures
64Around June$956-48%10$956$9,1023Indican Pictures
65Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$933-83%2-4$467$899,63639International Film Circuit
66Attenberg$813--1--$813$9,8394Strand Releasing
67The Understudy$630-69%10$630$8,6693Indican Pictures
68Falling Away$612-55%10$612$10,6305Indican Pictures
69Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$608--1--$608$302,29024Submarine Deluxe
70Sound of Noise$538-91%1-4$538$23,1584Magnolia Pictures
71Reuniting The Rubins$507-84%2-2$254$7,0223Monterey Media
72Kung Fu Joe$392-2%10$392$14,7528Indican Pictures
73The Fairy$338-40%10$338$7,3116Kino Lorber
74Khodorkovsky$27770%10$277$39,05418Kino Lorber
75Windfall$246--1--$246$5,0979First Run Features
76Art Is... The Permanent Revolution$98--1--$98$3,9825First Run Features