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. 21 - Sun, Jun. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$82,429,469--4,004--$20,587$82,429,4691Disney
2World War Z$66,411,834--3,607--$18,412$66,411,8341Paramount
3Man of Steel$41,287,206-65%4,2070$9,814$210,078,1532Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$13,290,642-36%3,0550$4,350$58,082,1662Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$7,876,002-29%2,823-259$2,790$94,456,9784Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$4,930,685-49%2,417-958$2,040$228,618,1555Universal
7The Purge$3,587,630-57%2,201-390$1,630$59,604,0753Universal
8The Internship$3,400,361-52%1,916-1483$1,775$38,339,8663Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$3,166,709-49%1,565-766$2,023$216,777,6256Paramount
10Epic$1,793,375-71%1,994-1157$899$101,048,5005Fox
11After Earth$940,031-77%1,166-1266$806$57,382,2404Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$2,212,582-25%924-725$2,395$403,157,8048Disney
2The Bling Ring$2,001,903834%650645$3,080$2,343,1442A24
3Before Midnight$901,292-35%441-456$2,044$4,618,9355Sony Pictures Classics
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$752,844366%206183$3,655$1,225,4393Roadside Attractions
5The Hangover Part III$717,304-74%530-1371$1,353$110,013,7725Warner Bros.
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$602,410-64%362-813$1,664$141,600,5137Warner Bros.
7The Croods$503,900-12%324-44$1,555$183,566,52514Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Raanjhanaa$414,211--102--$4,061$414,2111Eros International
9The East$365,10127%19580$1,872$1,208,0424Fox Searchlight
10Mud$311,053-43%213-192$1,460$20,206,3689Roadside Attractions
1142 (2013)$259,133-57%325-119$797$94,205,43911Warner Bros.
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$186,161-24%233-26$799$234,548,59216Disney
13Frances Ha$175,455-40%138-74$1,271$3,214,9416IFC Films
14Oblivion (2013)$136,680-25%201-57$680$89,021,73510Universal
15Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$132,293-57%1610$822$3,637,8064Eros International
16Olympus Has Fallen$126,262-26%177-24$713$98,592,65714FilmDistrict
17G.I. Joe: Retaliation$90,555-18%139-31$651$122,263,05613Paramount
18Scary Movie 5$82,983-4%134-7$619$31,673,66711Weinstein / Dimension
19The Big Wedding$72,704-10%141-24$516$21,613,8719Lionsgate
20Escape From Planet Earth$43,382-29%138-13$314$56,784,24619Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fill the Void$186,725107%4628$4,059$629,8645Sony Pictures Classics
2The Kings of Summer$130,512-16%652$2,008$761,1204CBS Films
3Hubble 3D$64,9045%15-3$4,327$38,933,710171Warner Bros. / IMAX
420 Feet from Stardom$64,46418%63$10,744$149,1912RADiUS-TWC
5Love Is All You Need$63,015-37%44-28$1,432$1,286,8428Sony Pictures Classics
6Kon-Tiki$46,298-40%53-17$874$1,302,2139Weinstein Company
7Dirty Wars$45,409-6%206$2,270$203,7253IFC Films
8Stories We Tell$42,308-49%33-30$1,282$1,331,4537Roadside Attractions
9A Hijacking$39,392--7--$5,627$39,3921Magnolia Pictures
10The Company You Keep$33,3928%65-1$514$5,041,48012Sony Pictures Classics
11What Maisie Knew$32,095-39%33-18$973$958,0618Millenium Entertainment
12The Place Beyond the Pines$29,577-11%53-23$558$21,383,29813Focus
13SOMM$28,050--5--$5,610$107,8341IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14The Attack$27,379--3--$9,126$27,3791Cohen Media Group
15Unfinished Song$25,728--2--$12,864$25,7281Weinstein Company
16To the Arctic 3D$24,711-17%520$475$12,858,44962Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Pain and Gain$24,323-35%50-20$486$49,333,7449Paramount
18Renoir$19,776-37%23-10$860$2,114,41313IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
19The Sapphires$19,348-14%29-10$667$2,360,23714Weinstein Company
20Hannah Arendt$19,265-28%71$2,752$195,3654Zeitgeist Films
21Born to Be Wild 3D$18,86113%300$629$22,848,311116Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Space Station 3D$17,110-5%73$2,444$88,110,208584IMAX
23Under the Sea 3D$16,40741%100$1,641$33,095,826228Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Quartet$13,02328%294$449$18,381,78724Weinstein Company
25Fukrey$11,585-84%570$203$116,4152Eros International
26Shadow Dancer$8,719-66%10-4$872$78,0944Magnolia Pictures
27Augustine$7,723548%97$858$55,7036Music Box Films
28Lost and Found in Armenia$7,604-8%1-1$7,604$102,9343High Top Releasing
29The Iceman$6,863-60%12-18$572$1,921,1098Millennium Entertainment
30Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,366-47%8-6$796$490,3108eOne Films US
31Berberian Sound Studio$6,004-9%116$546$17,5622IFC Midnight
32Deep Sea 3D$5,927-26%63$988$45,621,858382Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Maniac$5,571--1--$5,571$5,5711IFC Midnight
34Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,97916%7-1$711$346,97917International Film Circuit
35Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$4,570--17--$269$6,1941High Top Releasing
36The English Teacher$4,53816%1-1$4,538$55,5726Cinedigm
37An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$4,26133%31$1,420$51,7219Variance Films
38More Than Honey$4,206-20%10$4,206$14,8522Kino Lorber
39Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$3,673-1%43$918$9,7112First Run Features
40Pandora's Promise$3,594-84%5-11$719$38,1812Abramorama
41Girl Rising$3,500--16--$219$1,420,92716Gathr Films
42Made in Cleveland$3,411--5--$682$7,0111Striped Entertainment
43Life of Pi$3,385-73%16-9$212$124,969,15031Fox
44Not Today$3,229-57%3-4$1,076$296,89911Freestyle Releasing
45No Place on Earth$3,13111%30$1,044$187,56712Magnolia Pictures
46√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$2,655266%41$664$9,5943Magnolia Pictures
47Downloaded$2,504--2--$1,252$2,5041Abramorama
48One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$2,406-45%2-1$1,203$57,5307Zeitgeist Films
49At Any Price$2,1984%50$440$356,5309Sony Pictures Classics
50To the Wonder$2,176-55%50$435$579,37511Magnolia Pictures
51Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,008-61%3-3$669$45,2673eOne Films US
52So Young$2,003-62%2-1$1,002$9,9902China Lion Film
53Lore$1,910-61%1-1$1,910$966,35820Music Box Films
54In the Fog$1,807-22%21$904$5,4432Strand Releasing
55Call Me Kuchu$1,692-51%10$1,692$7,3312Cinedigm
56Venus and Serena$1,6381%2-1$819$51,0007Magnolia Pictures
57Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,422-63%4-4$356$75,06510Kino Lorber
58Storm Surfers 3D$1,102-86%1-1$1,102$37,4629XLrator Media
59Post Tenebras Lux$1,01052%31$337$36,9968Strand Releasing
60Tiger Eyes$942-80%0-6--$25,1633Freestyle Releasing
61The Wall$932-76%2-2$466$15,0444Music Box Films
62Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$852-12%2-2$426$112,81910Kino Lorber
63The Silence$749-2%1-1$749$92,49216Music Box Films
64Searching For Sugar Man$684-52%2-2$342$3,687,51148Sony Pictures Classics
65Paradise: Love$643-29%10$643$23,8089Strand Releasing
66Free the Mind$480-27%2-1$240$70,7338International Film Circuit
67Camp (2013)$292-93%1-1$292$324,97618Freestyle Releasing
68The History of Future Folk$259-83%1-1$259$12,3234Variance / FilmBuff
69Pieta$170-23%10$170$21,9326Drafthouse Films