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, Aug. 10 - Sun, Aug. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$38,142,825--3,745--$10,185$38,142,8251Universal
2The Campaign$26,588,460--3,205--$8,296$26,588,4601Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$18,979,397-47%3,690-552$5,143$389,588,2164Warner Bros.
4Hope Springs (2012)$14,650,121--2,361--$6,205$19,103,1781Sony / Columbia
5Total Recall (2012)$8,013,040-69%3,6010$2,225$44,101,4322Sony / Columbia
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,002,166-45%3,40110$2,353$30,356,1742Fox
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,380,929-26%3,103-439$2,056$143,694,9815Fox
8Ted (2012)$3,223,675-43%2,208-559$1,460$209,848,5857Universal
9Step Up Revolution$2,941,818-50%1,898-708$1,550$30,256,5803Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$2,221,451-66%2,463-705$902$31,396,0793Fox
11The Amazing Spider-Man$2,121,235-52%1,585-840$1,338$255,464,6776Sony / Columbia
12Brave$1,802,665-40%1,259-851$1,432$227,245,5318Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,183,701--800--$1,480$2,166,1591ARC Entertainment
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$722,883-37%286-32$2,528$7,160,1567Fox Searchlight
3Moonrise Kingdom$614,394-50%447-240$1,374$42,074,79212Focus
4Men in Black 3$508,001-22%295-31$1,722$177,549,43412Sony / Columbia
5Ruby Sparks$443,10212%261197$1,698$1,240,6003Fox Searchlight
6Magic Mike$422,331-70%450-752$939$112,238,9497Warner Bros.
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$421,435-28%306-198$1,377$211,686,19910Paramount / DreamWorks
8To Rome with Love$418,752-49%264-118$1,586$15,089,0518Sony Pictures Classics
9The Intouchables$375,409-34%1940$1,935$9,298,84012Weinstein Company
10The Hunger Games$324,057-25%260-31$1,246$407,294,29221Lionsgate
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$287,631-61%364-373$790$64,742,4957Lionsgate
12Snow White and the Huntsman$274,350-13%273-36$1,005$154,299,06011Universal
13Marvel's The Avengers$270,823-35%220-80$1,231$617,291,91615Disney
14Savages$244,860-75%318-386$770$46,808,1256Universal
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$168,041-46%184-46$913$45,375,33615Fox Searchlight
16Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$140,278-31%202-75$694$25,074,3076Paramount
17Prometheus$111,008-34%141-57$787$126,048,26910Fox
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$90,503-29%130-35$696$37,179,4538Fox
19People Like Us$52,719-59%140-57$377$12,361,4707Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12016: Obama's America$317,316830%6151$5,202$535,7235Rocky Mountain Pictures
2The Queen of Versailles$212,618-21%8922$2,389$927,1624Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$207,6321%520$3,993$7,296,33517Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Celeste and Jesse Forever$125,04316%1814$6,947$296,9592Sony Pictures Classics
5Farewell, My Queen$99,145-47%582$1,709$804,9935Cohen Media Group
6Bernie$79,313-39%88-9$901$8,940,21216Millennium Entertainment
7Searching For Sugar Man$63,34263%158$4,223$166,3683Sony Pictures Classics
8Born to Be Wild 3D$62,033-2%330$1,880$20,469,73971Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Safety Not Guaranteed$60,576-62%73-48$830$3,603,02510FilmDistrict
10Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$54,691-25%25-1$2,188$235,7983IFC Films
11Hubble 3D$52,00423%141$3,715$34,067,759126Warner Bros. / IMAX
12From Beneath$47,628--18--$2,646$47,6281Nocturnal Features
13The Imposter$43,89123%135$3,376$167,8765Indomina Releasing
14Red Hook Summer$40,070--4--$10,018$40,0701Variance Films
15Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$39,281249%100$3,928$5,937,5761183D Entertainment
16Under the Sea 3D$38,72230%7-2$5,532$32,139,878183Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Take This Waltz$24,518-55%35-16$701$1,137,5947Magnolia Pictures
182 Days In New York$23,942--2--$11,971$23,9421Magnolia Pictures
19Dark Shadows$23,406-78%45-87$520$79,711,67814Warner Bros.
20Rock of Ages$19,990-71%57-88$351$38,509,3429Warner Bros. / New Line
21The Well-Digger's Daughter$19,946-39%130$1,534$137,6244Kino Lorber
22Easy Money (2012)$18,122-16%71$2,589$143,2575Weinstein Company
23Your Sister's Sister$16,021-57%33-19$485$1,546,7539IFC Films
24The Three Stooges$13,794-50%27-5$511$44,328,23818Fox
25Deep Sea 3D$13,525-25%20$6,763$44,894,031337Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Max and the Junkmen (2012 re-issue)$13,000--1--$13,000$13,0001Rialto Pictures
27Girlfriend Boyfriend - GF BF$9,702-67%8-8$1,213$56,8102China Lion Film
28360$9,647-21%119$877$45,9042Magnolia Pictures
29Monsieur Lazhar$8,549-42%100$855$1,982,03742Music Box Films
30$upercapitalist$8,372--1--$8,372$8,3721Truly Indie
31Meet The Fokkens$7,628--1--$7,628$10,1281Kino Lorber
32The Magic of Belle Isle$7,355-2%81$919$90,2286Magnolia Pictures
33Unforgivable$7,098--6--$1,183$104,5227Strand Releasing
34Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$6,521--5--$1,304$38,4094Tribeca Film
35Trishna$6,178-74%13-10$475$225,1965IFC Films
36Neil Young Journeys$5,894-56%140$421$148,8837Sony Pictures Classics
37A Cat In Paris$5,868-46%12-2$489$287,70911GKIDS
38Total Recall (1990) (2012 re-issue)$5,788--1--$5,788$5,7881Rialto Pictures
39Hysteria$5,779-11%161$361$1,749,93213Sony Pictures Classics
40Klown$5,757-51%10-6$576$52,8813Drafthouse Films
41Red Lights (2012)$5,393-63%8-10$674$49,2515Millennium Entertainment
42Dark Horse$5,226-32%8-1$653$150,48210Vitagraph
43Shut Up and Play the Hits$4,880-40%82$610$505,1544Oscilloscope
44Headhunters$4,652-50%9-1$517$1,196,75216Magnolia Pictures
45Kumare$4,071-62%6-3$679$87,7738Kino Lorber
46For Greater Glory$4,036-74%10-24$404$5,669,08111ARC Entertainment
47Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$3,981347%42$995$74,1029Music Box Films
48Jiro Dreams of Sushi$3,137-26%3-3$1,046$2,545,98823Magnolia Pictures
49Elena (2012)$2,799-64%3-2$933$205,32013Zeitgeist Films
50You've Been Trumped$2,275-49%21$1,138$9,0752International Film Circuit
51Marley$1,976-33%51$395$1,412,12417Magnolia Pictures
52I Wish$1,600-65%3-3$533$144,40814Magnolia Pictures
53Dreams of A Life$1,543-50%10$1,543$6,5952Strand Releasing
54Nobody Else But You$1,471-61%20$736$32,06914First Run Features
55Mirror Mirror$1,295-81%456$29$64,933,67020Relativity Media
56Lost Bohemia$1,22363%1-1$1,223$23,58465Impact Partners
57Mosquita Y Mari$1,186-77%10$1,186$8,6142The Film Collaborative
58The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$1,103--1--$1,103$41,61318Rialto
59Union Square (2012)$832-17%20$416$36,1245Dada Films
60Soldiers of Fortune$641-97%2-48$321$38,8422Roadside Attractions
61The Invisible War$619-46%2-1$310$52,6008Cinedigm
62Damsels in Distress$44466%20$222$1,006,68119Sony Pictures Classics
63Darling Companion$368-94%4-3$92$791,43117Sony Pictures Classics
64Where Do We Go Now?$339-93%1-11$339$521,48914Sony Pictures Classics
65Natural Selection$335--1--$335$55,28222Cinema Guild
66China Heavyweight$325--1--$325$8,8626Zeitgeist Films
67The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$206-93%1-1$206$1,124,78621Music Box Films
685 Broken Cameras$187-79%1-1$187$63,92411Kino Lorber
69Bonsai$149-92%1-2$149$21,16314Strand Releasing