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, Jun. 29 - Sun, Jul. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ted (2012)$54,415,205--3,239--$16,800$54,415,2051Universal
2Magic Mike$39,127,170--2,930--$13,354$39,127,1701Warner Bros.
3Brave$34,094,643-49%4,1640$8,188$131,768,3342Disney
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$25,390,575--2,161--$11,749$25,390,5751Lionsgate
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$11,840,276-40%3,715-205$3,187$180,036,7984Paramount / DreamWorks
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$6,009,612-63%3,1091$1,933$29,043,8052Fox
7Prometheus$4,921,254-50%1,951-911$2,522$118,258,1024Fox
8Snow White and the Huntsman$4,498,725-44%2,337-582$1,925$145,684,6455Universal
9Marvel's The Avengers$4,421,671-38%1,757-473$2,517$606,504,7449Disney
10People Like Us$4,255,423--2,055--$2,071$4,255,4231Disney / DreamWorks
11Men in Black 3$2,978,821-48%1,902-560$1,566$169,718,9076Sony / Columbia
12Rock of Ages$2,844,339-63%2,405-1065$1,183$35,025,9063Warner Bros. / New Line
13That's My Boy$2,240,411-71%2,363-667$948$34,419,1593Sony / Columbia
14Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$1,069,393-72%1,608-17$665$6,619,1732Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$4,926,83745%854459$5,769$18,465,9546Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,104,201-32%534-207$2,068$40,425,0959Fox Searchlight
3Battleship$403,480-22%308-175$1,310$63,869,0507Universal
4The Hunger Games$397,145-36%278-136$1,429$403,768,85215Lionsgate
5Dark Shadows$393,40651%36563$1,078$76,280,7648Warner Bros.
6Safety Not Guaranteed$379,324-20%16435$2,313$1,684,0694FilmDistrict
7Bernie$322,981-34%166-54$1,946$7,263,29510Millennium Entertainment
8The Pirates! Band of Misfits$281,737337%284169$992$29,587,78310Sony / Columbia
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$154,535-25%202-32$765$213,218,33018Universal
10Think Like a Man$152,401-41%185-53$824$91,345,08811Sony / Screen Gems
11The Dictator$151,644-60%130-186$1,166$59,093,6767Paramount
12What to Expect When You're Expecting$135,293-63%203-208$666$40,135,9807Lionsgate
13Mirror Mirror$120,504-23%166-56$726$64,493,99314Relativity Media
1421 Jump Street$88,401-40%141-19$627$138,447,66716Sony / Columbia
15The Cabin in the Woods$76,435-45%149-47$513$41,943,44512Lionsgate
16The Three Stooges$72,567-36%117-37$620$43,809,32812Fox
17The Lucky One (2012)$65,416-46%115-87$569$60,303,98311Warner Bros.
18Chernobyl Diaries$54,859-60%145-95$378$18,026,4666Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To Rome with Love$692,30092%2924$23,872$1,232,9722Sony Pictures Classics
2The Intouchables$312,716-10%68-6$4,599$2,579,3826Weinstein Company
3Your Sister's Sister$225,31112%9447$2,397$680,3833IFC Films
4To the Arctic 3D$217,8588%520$4,190$4,534,48411Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$169,702--4--$42,426$220,9131Fox Searchlight
6Take This Waltz$137,019--30--$4,567$137,0191Magnolia Pictures
7Teri Meri Kahani$120,857-70%940$1,286$671,4422Eros International
8For Greater Glory$103,541-58%73-87$1,418$5,313,2215ARC Entertainment
9Hysteria$79,153-47%73-63$1,084$1,556,5197Sony Pictures Classics
10Born to Be Wild 3D$58,0159%330$1,758$19,714,88265Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Hubble 3D$57,30715%14-4$4,093$33,338,692120Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$32,711-57%42-22$779$514,8644IFC Films
13A Cat In Paris$29,974186%122$2,498$143,2685GKIDS
14Monsieur Lazhar$28,727-14%20-5$1,436$1,851,67536Music Box Films
15Unforgivable$27,857--5--$5,571$27,8571Strand Releasing
16Headhunters$25,846-32%22-9$1,175$1,043,26510Magnolia Pictures
17Under the Sea 3D$24,57858%121$2,048$31,763,770177Warner Bros. / IMAX
18The Raven$22,027-67%78-55$282$15,983,82910Relativity Media
19Chimpanzee$21,521-57%57-25$378$28,579,27311Disneynature
20Ferrari Ki Sawaari$21,458-69%990$217$420,0463Eros International
21Where Do We Go Now?$14,786-13%213$704$432,6688Sony Pictures Classics
22Jiro Dreams of Sushi$12,307-23%11-4$1,119$2,480,09517Magnolia Pictures
23Neil Young Journeys$12,025--3--$4,008$12,0251Sony Pictures Classics
24Elena (2012)$11,010-23%103$1,101$128,5037Zeitgeist Films
25Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$10,974-43%100$1,097$5,726,2391123D Entertainment
26Lola Versus$10,830-77%30-20$361$240,4374Fox Searchlight
27Crooked Arrows$10,36114%13-12$797$1,804,7927Branded/Peck Films
28Marley$10,00421%123$834$1,367,90511Magnolia Pictures
29I Wish$9,65825%8-4$1,207$99,0268Magnolia Pictures
30Kumare$7,798-19%21$3,899$34,7632Kino Lorber
31The Invisible War$7,450-55%73$1,064$33,4502Cinedigm
32The Woman in the Fifth$7,026-74%7-4$1,004$99,0923IDP/ATO Pictures
33Damsels in Distress$5,845-58%8-11$731$923,33513Sony Pictures Classics
34Dark Horse$5,165-52%3-5$1,722$62,5914Vitagraph
35Turn Me On, Dammit!$4,950--4--$1,238$98,29714New Yorker Films
36Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$4,788-35%10$4,788$49,8103Music Box Films
37Darling Companion$4,580-64%11-3$416$767,20311Sony Pictures Classics
38FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$4,577-29%5-2$915$101,6399International Film Circuit
39God Bless America$3,86316%83$483$117,1908Magnolia / Magnet
40Grassroots$3,313-49%21$1,657$10,7982IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Paul Williams Still Alive$3,142-69%20$1,571$30,6044Abramorama
42Footnote$3,081-78%5-17$616$2,004,73617Sony Pictures Classics
43Bel Ami$3,065-73%6-7$511$102,1944Magnolia Pictures
44Beyond the Black Rainbow$3,025-48%30$1,008$43,8987Magnolia / Magnet
45Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$2,774-92%1-15$2,774$288,3123Indomina Media
46Gerhard Richter Painting$2,239-65%2-2$1,120$228,60816Kino Lorber
47OC87$2,188153%31$729$33,9556Fisher Klingenstein Films
48Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,15349%41$538$14,6215First Run Features
49Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$2,083-63%1-2$2,083$128,6918Rialto Pictures
50Rowdy Rathore$1,865-84%2-7$933$775,9815UTV Communications
51Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,602--3--$534$10,9537Music Box Films
52Corpo Celeste$1,374--1--$1,374$7,6654Film Movement
53The Turin Horse$1,250102%20$625$52,22521Cinema Guild
54The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$1,246-74%2-5$623$1,099,32415Music Box Films
55Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$1,175--1--$1,175$6,3817First Run Features
56Oslo, August 31st$1,082-81%1-3$1,082$60,7226Strand Releasing
57Last Ride$838--1--$838$8381Music Box Films
58Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$795-48%20$398$14,2275First Run Features
59Hide Away$78070%10$780$26,3666Joule Films
60How To Grow A Band$763--12--$64$12,45112International Film Circuit
61Here$560-24%21$280$26,46412Strand Releasing
62Lost Bohemia$447--1--$447$19,76759Impact Partners
63Elles$419--1--$419$142,03610Kino Lorber
64Bonsai$378--1--$378$16,0288Strand Releasing
65The Raid: Redemption$145-88%3-3$48$4,104,90915Sony Pictures Classics
665 Broken Cameras$135-98%1-5$135$48,6435Kino Lorber
67Nobody Else But You$75-89%1-2$75$17,2858First Run Features