'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. 6 - Sun, Sep. 8

Wide (1000+)

2Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,401,729-44%3,3300$2,523$91,403,1064Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$7,695,027-39%3,4450$2,234$123,613,9315Warner Bros. / New Line
5One Direction: This Is Us$4,046,455-74%2,7350$1,480$23,936,9652Sony / TriStar
6Elysium$3,141,332-51%2,241-298$1,402$85,118,5995Sony / TriStar
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,425,539-46%2,045-348$1,186$59,773,3055Fox
8Blue Jasmine$2,347,694-41%1,069-110$2,196$25,108,5807Sony Pictures Classics
9The World's End$2,314,494-54%1,520-33$1,523$21,784,1113Focus
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$2,207,000-60%2,519-599$876$27,851,2043Sony / Screen Gems
11Getaway$2,191,484-51%2,1355$1,026$8,680,1632Warner Bros.
12This Is The End$1,901,8251753%2,1612127$880$98,847,91213Sony / Columbia
13You're Next$1,584,541-61%1,902-535$833$16,907,0323Lionsgate
14Despicable Me 2$1,459,505-47%1,050-234$1,390$357,558,31510Universal
152 Guns$1,409,635-47%1,165-246$1,210$72,077,4206Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Instructions Not Included$8,149,2894%717369$11,366$20,360,8932Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$1,030,576-58%80455$1,282$4,959,0063Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$938,153-62%8700$1,078$5,023,6672Focus
4The Smurfs 2$902,227-54%949-417$951$68,177,4266Sony / Columbia
5The Wolverine$748,594-56%698-290$1,072$129,411,1337Fox
6The Conjuring$722,327-49%716-187$1,009$135,185,9858Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Spectacular Now$682,221-39%41530$1,644$4,775,7366A24
8The Ultimate Life$659,912--412--$1,602$659,9121High Top Releasing
9Kick-Ass 2$635,525-67%662-984$960$28,094,5604Universal
10The Way, Way Back$459,205-38%550-104$835$20,409,13310Fox Searchlight
11Monsters University$452,119-71%596-1293$759$264,989,13612Disney
12World War Z$438,482-65%374-873$1,172$201,359,01912Paramount
13Turbo$429,027-43%358-80$1,198$80,613,7488Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Jobs$409,016-66%502-800$815$15,524,1284Open Road
15Grown Ups 2$374,699-53%355-116$1,055$130,648,7219Sony / Columbia
16The Heat$364,680-46%350-43$1,042$157,896,66611Fox
17Pacific Rim$345,796-56%307-94$1,126$100,860,3909Warner Bros.
18In a World...$280,775-16%10211$2,753$1,669,0325Roadside Attractions
19Now You See Me$194,032-49%205-34$946$117,386,29015Lionsgate / Summit
20The Lone Ranger$193,857-52%231-23$839$88,818,15810Disney
21Red 2$163,584-55%250-11$654$52,443,3148Lionsgate / Summit
23Man of Steel$120,814-58%201-83$601$290,925,47113Warner Bros.
24White House Down$116,547-52%168-38$694$72,997,13811Sony / Columbia
25Fruitvale Station$107,444-44%188-106$572$15,760,4879Weinstein Company
26Iron Man 3$79,236-58%124-36$639$408,992,27219Disney
27Star Trek Into Darkness$59,751-92%106-852$564$228,756,23217Paramount
28Paranoia$57,603-67%178-214$324$7,192,9604Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Austenland$168,091-12%586$2,898$732,2784Sony Pictures Classics
2Adore$119,806--57--$2,102$119,8061Exclusive Media
3Satyagraha$102,986-75%79-4$1,304$673,1372UTV Motion Pictures
4Short Term 12$93,5322%2610$3,597$319,2083Cinedigm
5Salinger$86,956--4--$21,739$86,9561Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$66,095-72%53-40$1,247$5,220,9265UTV Motion Pictures
7Winnie Mandela$61,847--32--$1,933$61,8471RLJ / Image Entertainment
8Afternoon Delight$56,377106%2523$2,255$94,9582The Film Arcade
920 Feet from Stardom$52,293-37%53-5$987$4,488,66513RADiUS-TWC
10Blackfish$42,808-53%60-22$713$1,929,7618Magnolia Pictures
11Drinking Buddies$42,110-7%186$2,339$143,8343Magnolia Pictures
12Ain't Them Bodies Saints$39,119-41%443$889$289,2544IFC Films
13The Attack$35,591-38%16-1$2,224$1,625,70712Cohen Media Group
15Hubble 3D$29,302-57%132$2,254$40,620,839182Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Still Mine$20,86539%205$1,043$1,042,4149IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
17The Internship$16,59317%17-3$976$44,665,96314Fox
18Passion$16,226-52%13-1$1,248$71,8462eOne Films US
19Populaire$15,690--3--$5,230$15,6901Weinstein Company
20The Croods$14,363-70%26-19$552$187,150,63825Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21Space Station 3D$13,122-28%30$4,374$88,958,458595IMAX
22Museum Hours$11,899-45%13-1$915$392,14711Cinema Guild
23Therese (2013)$11,521-45%5-3$2,304$101,9443MPI Pictures
24Unfinished Song$11,23578%214$535$1,647,75412Weinstein Company
25The Hunt$11,2272%110$1,021$585,3669Magnolia Pictures
26Una Noche$10,554-33%61$1,759$65,2333IFC Films
27Before Midnight$10,450-35%16-2$653$8,067,72516Sony Pictures Classics
28When Comedy Went to School$10,137-37%9-3$1,126$148,4176International Film Circuit
29Hannah Arendt$9,9055%80$1,238$650,32915Zeitgeist Films
30The Patience Stone$8,80968%116$801$77,7264Sony Pictures Classics
31I'm So Excited$8,3485%8-3$1,044$1,337,54411Sony Pictures Classics
32Contempt (2013 re-issue)$8,322--1--$8,322$8,3221Rialto Pictures
33Prince Avalanche$8,198-46%14-9$586$163,7275Magnolia Pictures
34To the Arctic 3D$7,832-53%11-2$712$13,512,42373Warner Bros. / IMAX
35You Will Be My Son$7,406-74%4-2$1,852$96,2074Cohen Media Group
36Born to Be Wild 3D$7,295-59%101$730$22,953,198127Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,254126%196$382$4,279,34814Roadside Attractions
38Deep Sea 3D$7,244-39%8-1$906$45,861,867393Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Under the Sea 3D$7,188-59%103$719$33,590,407239Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Good Ol' Freda$6,798--1--$6,798$6,7981Magnolia Pictures
41Love Is All You Need$6,34443%63$1,057$1,622,26619Sony Pictures Classics
42Cutie and the Boxer$6,268-73%7-5$895$124,3874RADiUS-TWC
43Stories We Tell$5,271457%95$586$1,591,10718Roadside Attractions
44Red Obsession$5,060--2--$2,530$5,0601Area23a / FilmBuff
45Hell Baby$4,980--10--$498$4,9801Millennium Entertainment
46The Act of Killing$4,894-50%13-2$376$391,5328Drafthouse Films
47Fire in the Blood$4,856--1--$4,856$4,8561International Film Circuit
48Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$4,230--3--$1,410$40,21023Cinema Guild
49Frances Ha$4,067-50%51$813$4,063,23817IFC Films
50Europa Report$3,473143%63$579$118,6006Magnolia / Magnet
51Touchy Feely$3,447--2--$1,724$3,4471Magnolia Pictures
52I Give It a Year$3,30175%40$825$27,9205Magnolia Pictures
53Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$2,98329%31$994$33,42813First Run Features
54Savannah$2,9462%50$589$29,6733Ketchup Entertainment
55Fill the Void$2,754-11%6-1$459$1,764,29616Sony Pictures Classics
56The Bling Ring$2,72446%60$454$5,841,04613A24
57Il Futuro$2,583--1--$2,583$2,5831Strand Releasing
58Our Nixon$2,566-58%2-1$1,283$11,8422Cinedigm
59Out of the Clear Blue Sky$2,344--1--$2,344$2,3441Area23a
60A Hijacking$1,980-43%3-2$660$404,40912Magnolia Pictures
61La Maison de la Radio$1,410--1--$1,410$2,4481Kino Lorber
62Crystal Fairy$1,324-51%7-2$189$190,7049IFC Films
63The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,322-82%1-1$1,322$36,6687Rialto Pictures
64Rising From Ashes$1,033--2--$517$21,9466First Run Features
65Leviathan (2013)$976--2--$488$73,79228Cinema Guild
66Mud$931-57%4-2$233$21,589,30720Roadside Attractions
67Paradise: Faith$828-8%31$276$5,9593Strand Releasing
68Girl Most Likely$79652%21$398$1,378,4268Roadside Attractions
69√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$674296%54$135$20,41414Magnolia Pictures
70I Declare War$646-93%3-11$215$13,5802Drafthouse Films
71More Than Honey$614169%21$307$69,14313Kino Lorber
72Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$570--2--$285$2,2294First Run Features
73Underdogs (2013)$503-78%10$503$34,8104Freestyle Releasing
74Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$4561371%32$152$102,18210Magnolia Pictures
75The Citizen$368--1--$368$3681Monterey Media
76You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$355--1--$355$17,05814Kino Lorber
77Computer Chess$295-47%10$295$93,0288Kino Lorber
78Free the Mind$279-94%2-2$140$119,66019International Film Circuit
79Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$226--1--$226$111,79421Kino Lorber
80The Trials of Muhammad Ali$136-93%10$136$8,8983Kino Lorber
81Approaching Midnight$91-92%1-5$91$1,8682Monterey Media
82A Band Called Death$65-87%1-1$65$123,98511Drafthouse Films