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, Sep. 21 - Sun, Sep. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1End of Watch$13,152,683--2,730--$4,818$13,152,6831Open Road
2House at the End of the Street$12,287,234--3,083--$3,985$12,287,2341Relativity Media
3Trouble with the Curve$12,162,040--3,212--$3,786$12,162,0401Warner Bros.
4Finding Nemo 3D$9,641,474-42%2,9040$3,320$30,175,4492Disney
5Resident Evil: Retribution$6,701,803-68%3,0164$2,222$33,469,5302Sony / Screen Gems
6Dredd 3D$6,278,491--2,506--$2,505$6,278,4911Lionsgate
7The Possession$2,641,990-54%2,598-262$1,017$45,291,6174Lionsgate
8ParaNorman$2,345,630-24%1,617-709$1,451$52,582,7286Focus
9Lawless$2,286,215-47%2,614-449$875$34,477,1344Weinstein Company
10The Bourne Legacy$1,609,875-44%1,431-739$1,125$110,402,5757Universal
11The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,543,090-41%1,752-663$881$48,655,8286Disney
12The Expendables 2$1,457,853-54%1,820-1076$801$83,019,8056Lionsgate
13The Campaign$1,205,136-50%1,250-752$964$84,986,2017Warner Bros.
142016: Obama's America$937,524-53%1,216-660$771$32,022,60111Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Hope Springs (2012)$856,228-53%1,147-799$746$62,154,3837Sony / Columbia
16The Words$755,640-74%1,247-1554$606$11,000,2113CBS Films
17Last Ounce of Courage$562,536-65%1,064-343$529$2,765,5352Rocky Mountain Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$4,391,092496%788783$5,572$5,446,9752Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$1,266,144-42%948-633$1,336$443,124,01410Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$1,189,700-41%24447$4,876$3,858,2072Roadside Attractions
4Barfi!$643,260-39%130-2$4,948$1,977,5282UTV Communications
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$540,114-7%420-121$1,286$158,561,29211Fox
6Unconditional$525,192--312--$1,683$525,1921Veracity Moving Pictures
7Marvel's The Avengers$466,320-21%290-152$1,608$622,888,16221Disney
8Heroine$389,901--114--$3,420$389,9011UTV Communications
9Premium Rush$362,338-71%567-772$639$19,665,1025Sony / Columbia
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$330,919-35%374-217$885$47,779,3188Fox
11Total Recall (2012)$281,7852%32219$875$58,462,9508Sony / Columbia
12The Amazing Spider-Man$247,043-30%253-75$976$261,471,26812Sony / Columbia
13Ted (2012)$244,655-35%293-118$835$217,838,90013Universal
14Sleepwalk With Me$231,079-33%13517$1,712$1,625,6945IFC Films
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$223,659-23%240-66$932$215,896,45116Paramount / DreamWorks
16Robot & Frank$182,222-52%156-52$1,168$2,894,0586IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
17The Intouchables$181,625-29%156-24$1,164$12,253,18318Weinstein Company
18For A Good Time, Call...$147,178-46%105-2$1,402$1,084,2524Focus
19Step Up Revolution$140,477-36%182-86$772$34,960,0689Lionsgate / Summit
20Hit and Run$135,377-63%291-360$465$13,606,2185Open Road
21Moonrise Kingdom$127,879-33%120-37$1,066$45,161,62318Focus
22Sparkle (2012)$126,439-67%206-288$614$24,259,8916Sony / TriStar
23Beasts of the Southern Wild$123,747-49%132-80$937$10,902,97313Fox Searchlight
24The Cold Light of Day$59,543-93%155-1356$384$3,691,3943Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$228,359--4--$57,090$228,3591Lionsgate / Summit
2Samsara$192,121-20%59-3$3,256$1,150,0615Oscilloscope
3My Uncle Rafael$109,748--14--$7,839$109,7481Rocky Mountain Pictures
4Searching For Sugar Man$93,338-8%384$2,456$1,186,1399Sony Pictures Classics
5To the Arctic 3D$83,779-4%520$1,611$8,657,38223Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$75,114-81%85-237$884$3,055,3033Paramount
710 Years$74,029226%4340$1,722$105,1132Anchor Bay Films
8Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$63,700--3--$21,233$63,7001IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
9To Rome with Love$54,441-22%50-35$1,089$16,528,10714Sony Pictures Classics
10The Watch$53,012-40%77-61$688$34,232,6509Fox
11The Queen of Versailles$50,303-37%40-21$1,258$2,225,65810Magnolia Pictures
12Celeste and Jesse Forever$47,092-68%54-98$872$3,017,1538Sony Pictures Classics
13Slaughter Creek$44,415-10%15-1$2,961$116,4872Nocturnal Features
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$41,385-32%47-33$881$46,263,06121Fox Searchlight
15Occupy Unmasked$40,952--4--$10,238$40,9521Magnolia / Magnet
16Liberal Arts$38,58241%2016$1,929$76,3672IFC Films
17Stolen (2012)$34,274-81%99-42$346$289,7732Millennium Entertainment
18Detropia$33,093-21%116$3,008$127,3083Loki Films
19Hubble 3D$30,4313%15-1$2,029$34,494,430132Warner Bros. / IMAX
20How To Survive A Plague$28,250--4--$7,063$28,2501IFC Films
21The Imposter$25,496-58%23-7$1,109$731,70611Indomina Releasing
22Bachelorette$23,410-76%34-26$689$418,2683RADiUS-TWC
23Backwards$23,190--5--$4,638$23,1901Dada Films
24Keep the Lights On$22,889-28%83$2,861$150,1303Music Box Films
25Born to Be Wild 3D$21,1194%330$640$20,885,55377Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Hello I Must Be Going$20,653141%1513$1,377$65,0303Oscilloscope
27Magic Mike$20,557-58%55-60$374$113,709,99213Warner Bros.
28Safety Not Guaranteed$20,130-34%40-6$503$3,958,04516FilmDistrict
29Ruby Sparks$19,811-53%43-27$461$2,478,2549Fox Searchlight
30Chicken With Plums$16,472-25%170$969$167,5316Sony Pictures Classics
31Under the Sea 3D$15,779254%72$2,254$32,362,238189Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Wild Horse, Wild Ride$15,767-50%14-7$1,126$77,5495Screen Media Films
332 Days In New York$14,434-46%18-5$802$584,1757Magnolia Pictures
34Compliance$12,802-36%16-1$800$291,2976Magnolia Pictures
35Somewhere Between$11,43752%21$5,719$40,5655Long Shot Factory
36The Apparition$11,380-75%35-33$325$4,860,4875Warner Bros.
37Step Up to the Plate$10,06778%64$1,678$20,0742Cinema Guild
38Farewell, My Queen$10,058-63%20-8$503$1,316,48611Cohen Media Group
39Toys in the Attic$6,371-45%6-8$1,062$48,5623Hannover House
40Hysteria$6,07895%2-3$3,039$1,799,18719Sony Pictures Classics
41Deep Sea 3D$6,052-8%2-1$3,026$44,996,822343Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Radio Unnameable$5,833--1--$5,833$8,0441Kino Lorber
43Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$4,686-1%21$2,343$158,71120Rialto Pictures
44Husbands In Goa$4,483--7--$640$4,4831UTV Communications
4517 Girls$4,449--10--$445$4,4491Strand Releasing
46Take This Waltz$4,044-48%5-7$809$1,237,51413Magnolia Pictures
47Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$4,018-66%12-4$335$485,5199IFC Films
48Hellbound?$3,938--4--$985$3,9381Area23a
49The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best$3,850--1--$3,850$3,8501Oscilloscope
50The Bullet Vanishes$3,104-53%2-2$1,552$116,0154China Lion Film
51About Cherry$2,760--3--$920$2,7601IFC Midnight
52Cosmopolis$2,609-88%9-22$290$757,5666Entertainment One Films
53Little White Lies$2,581-88%2-12$1,291$183,6625MPI Media
54Mugamoodi$2,347-30%1-2$2,347$101,9114UTV Communications
55Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$2,2279%70$318$3,371,4697ARC Entertainment
56Elena (2012)$1,991-36%20$996$222,49819Zeitgeist Films
57The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,913-63%5-3$383$293,14910Kino Lorber
58Neighboring Sounds$1,52235%20$761$41,8995Cinema Guild
59Monsieur Lazhar$1,46868%31$489$2,005,70148Music Box Films
60[REC] 3: Genesis$1,218-16%3-1$406$6,9343Magnolia / Magnet
61Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,154-8%2-1$577$85,09015Music Box Films
62360$1,115-67%30$372$99,6038Magnolia Pictures
63Three Stars$1,003--1--$1,003$7,5081First Run Features
64You've Been Trumped$863124%31$288$17,9038International Film Circuit
65Neil Young Journeys$768-84%110$70$203,18813Sony Pictures Classics
66Girl Model$723-88%3-2$241$18,8163First Run Features
67Bangkok Revenge$525-98%4-18$131$35,0932China Lion Film
68Nobody Else But You$466--1--$466$41,96920First Run Features
69Death by China$415-87%1-2$415$22,8446Area23a
70How To Grow A Band$377--2--$189$16,83324International Film Circuit
71Branded$358-98%2-78$179$353,2273Roadside Attractions
72Unforgivable$320-90%1-3$320$143,52313Strand Releasing
73Turn Me On, Dammit!$283-59%20$142$126,08526New Yorker Films
74The Invisible War$155-18%21$78$59,71514Cinedigm
75Snowman's Land$143-78%10$143$1,1252Music Box Films
76Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$16--1--$16$18,28417First Run Features