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, Nov. 15 - Sun, Nov. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$36,586,016-57%3,8410$9,525$145,097,1302Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$30,107,555--2,024--$14,875$30,107,5551Universal
3Last Vegas$8,439,544-24%3,237155$2,607$46,532,5273CBS Films
4Free Birds$8,106,151-27%3,510-226$2,309$42,024,3563Relativity Media
5Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$7,421,536-34%3,1903$2,327$89,953,1744Paramount
6Gravity$6,104,096-28%2,560-160$2,384$240,379,7107Warner Bros.
7Ender's Game$6,017,337-41%3,236-171$1,859$53,593,9213Lionsgate / Summit
812 Years a Slave$4,604,706-31%1,411267$3,263$24,853,4915Fox Searchlight
9Captain Phillips$4,385,218-23%2,626-20$1,670$97,502,6766Sony / Columbia
10About Time$3,340,625-30%1,28080$2,610$11,446,2733Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,975,559-29%1,645-191$1,201$113,042,0578Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$1,751,359174%184149$9,518$3,012,2953Focus
2Ram-Leela$1,449,174--204--$7,104$1,449,1741Eros International
3All Is Lost$916,761-19%48384$1,898$4,219,3655Roadside Attractions
4Carrie (2013)$560,206-56%933-579$600$35,031,1175Sony / Screen Gems
5Escape Plan$549,752-35%687-362$800$24,123,3055Lionsgate / Summit
6Enough Said$502,536-21%393-36$1,279$16,585,2509Fox Searchlight
7Despicable Me 2$417,850-12%305-5$1,370$365,943,52020Universal
8The Counselor$352,433-57%481-541$733$16,584,6844Fox
9Blue Is the Warmest Color$264,4816%10837$2,449$1,141,4664IFC Films
10Prisoners$241,65935%355130$681$60,583,7289Warner Bros.
11We're the Millers$219,343-19%303-55$724$150,024,26215Warner Bros. / New Line
12Planes$184,509-16%246-15$750$89,883,32815Disney
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$153,469-8%215-1$714$67,924,68315Fox
14Krrish3$139,696-73%2080$672$2,123,3333Eros International
15Elysium$117,457-29%181-11$649$92,947,67515Sony / TriStar
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$99,534-29%176-38$566$115,472,48214Weinstein Company
17Rush (2013)$94,975-23%131-33$725$26,903,7099Universal
18Insidious: Chapter 2$94,686-33%167-62$567$83,184,98210FilmDistrict
19Monsters University$90,011-30%145-13$621$268,317,68122Disney
20Baggage Claim$58,139-41%108-27$538$21,468,9668Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$420,532300%2925$14,501$564,0502Fox
2Nebraska$140,401--4--$35,100$140,4011Paramount Vantage
3Kill Your Darlings$119,12143%7139$1,678$489,2145Sony Pictures Classics
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$118,370112%55-19$2,152$2,304,2225High Top Releasing
5The Saratov Approach$90,589-4%410$2,209$1,247,0786Purdie Distribution
6Great Expectations (2013)$76,537-14%85-1$900$203,9052Main Street Films
7The Christmas Candle$68,655--5--$13,731$68,6551EchoLight Studios
8Blue Jasmine$63,433-23%52-8$1,220$32,616,61317Sony Pictures Classics
9Don Jon$61,019-41%48-44$1,271$24,194,5418Relativity Media
10Diana$54,991-39%83-17$663$298,1333eOne Films US
11Grown Ups 2$54,665-36%91-20$601$133,668,52519Sony / Columbia
12The Smurfs 2$47,853-10%88-6$544$71,017,78416Sony / Columbia
13Muscle Shoals$44,32429%449$1,007$568,6128Magnolia Pictures
14Hubble 3D$43,684-2%12-2$3,640$41,268,854192Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Armstrong Lie$41,15642%1813$2,286$81,2862Sony Pictures Classics
16Turbo$38,508-27%53-9$727$82,930,07718Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Wolverine$37,357-18%65-12$575$132,481,84317Fox
18Wadjda$32,888-43%40-19$822$1,287,21010Sony Pictures Classics
19Instructions Not Included$31,102-15%47-5$662$44,239,36212Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Pulling Strings$30,550-39%760$402$5,831,9287Lionsgate / Pantelion
21The Great Beauty$23,442--1--$23,442$23,4421Janus Films
22Runner Runner$23,278-42%76-43$306$19,285,2217Fox
23The Fifth Estate$16,26538%8057$203$3,240,5475Disney / DreamWorks
24Austenland$14,365-43%26-37$553$2,109,78114Sony Pictures Classics
25The Family (2013)$13,456-40%30-27$449$36,648,64510Relativity Media
26In a World...$12,7331%9-9$1,415$2,944,46115Roadside Attractions
27Space Station 3D$12,109-47%4-1$3,027$89,385,109605IMAX
28Spinning Plates$11,606-10%60$1,934$76,4264The Film Arcade
29Inequality for All$11,438-52%20-17$572$1,147,1178RADiUS-TWC
30Grace Unplugged$11,364-41%29-8$392$2,498,1657Roadside Attractions
31Romeo and Juliet (2013)$10,32261%298$356$1,142,6106Relativity Media
32Faust$10,030--2--$5,015$13,1391Leisure Time Features
33The Heat$9,204-14%27-1$341$159,545,15721Fox
34Reaching for the Moon$9,161-37%20$4,581$31,6642Wolfe Releasing
35Short Term 12$8,930185%1510$595$981,96413Cinedigm
36To the Arctic 3D$8,905-3%9-3$989$13,647,39983Warner Bros. / IMAX
37The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$8,77521%42$2,194$31,9273Zeitgeist Films
38Charlie Countryman$7,973--15--$532$7,9731Millennium Entertainment
39Deep Sea 3D$7,921-17%2-1$3,961$45,966,654403Warner Bros. / IMAX
40How I Live Now$7,371-74%21-47$351$52,4712Magnolia Pictures
41Go for Sisters$7,35523%20$3,678$16,0302Variance Films
4220 Feet from Stardom$6,57427%73$939$4,763,86723RADiUS-TWC
43God Loves Uganda$5,594132%30$1,865$34,1506Variance Films
44Born to Be Wild 3D$5,5114%113$501$23,087,050137Warner Bros. / IMAX
45The Ghosts in Our Machine$5,228-40%21$2,614$16,0452Ghosts Media Inc.
46Museum Hours$4,30229%1-1$4,302$543,83621Cinema Guild
47Running From Crazy$4,024-68%3-2$1,341$31,7613Vitagraph Films
48Under the Sea 3D$3,9281%94$436$33,668,016249Warner Bros. / IMAX
49The World's End$3,795-41%8-1$474$25,989,73313Focus
50Escape From Tomorrow$3,413238%2-1$1,707$169,7196Producers Distribution Agency
51The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,11044%30$1,037$56,6088Rialto Pictures
52The Way, Way Back$3,069-18%6-1$512$21,501,09820Fox Searchlight
53Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$2,802-14%2-1$1,401$28,4494Cinepix
54Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$2,708-2%20$1,354$36,43910Icarus Films
55The Act of Killing$2,31376%20$1,157$449,91818Drafthouse Films
56A Touch of Sin$2,06937%51$414$86,0877Kino Lorber
57When Comedy Went to School$2,032-57%2-1$1,016$223,59116International Film Circuit
58I Am Divine$1,870-79%2-5$935$37,0996The Film Collaborative
59Let the Fire Burn$1,733-52%3-2$578$46,9987Zeitgeist Films
60Fire in the Blood$1,512--2--$756$15,04811International Film Circuit
61The Patience Stone$1,5070%30$502$147,29314Sony Pictures Classics
62Good Ol' Freda$1,377-36%93$153$134,11511Magnolia Pictures
63The Spectacular Now$1,316-76%8-4$165$6,850,01316A24
64The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,293-80%41$323$56,29913Kino Lorber
65Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,217--1--$1,217$5,9703International Film Circuit
66Terms and Conditions May Apply$8929%1-1$892$53,02619Variance Films
67Rising From Ashes$862235%21$431$36,75416First Run Features
68Big Sur$826-78%1-4$826$33,6213Ketchup Entertainment
69Drinking Buddies$759-25%3-1$253$342,93613Magnolia Pictures
70Prince Avalanche$566-13%30$189$204,95115Magnolia Pictures
71Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$552-30%10$552$13,7106First Run Features
72Camille Claudel 1915$466-40%20$233$20,8255Kino Lorber
73Zaytoun$378--1--$378$42,2869Strand Releasing
74Il Futuro$280-78%1-2$280$13,98311Strand Releasing
75Mr. Nobody$88-81%1-1$88$2,9813Magnolia Pictures
76Best Man Down$60-95%1-1$60$1,8422Magnolia Pictures