'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, Feb. 7 - Sun, Feb. 9

Wide (1000+)

1The LEGO Movie$69,050,279--3,775--$18,291$69,050,2791Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$22,003,433--3,083--$7,137$22,003,4331Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$9,589,940-20%2,800-67$3,425$105,312,5304Universal
4Frozen (2013)$6,872,811-23%2,460-294$2,794$368,637,43712Disney
5Lone Survivor$5,565,860-22%2,869-416$1,940$112,852,1467Universal
6That Awkward Moment$5,237,186-40%2,8090$1,864$16,545,2212Focus
7Vampire Academy$3,921,742--2,676--$1,466$3,921,7421Weinstein Company
8The Nut Job$3,753,080-48%3,004-468$1,249$55,025,7444Open Road
9Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$3,531,287-34%2,139-768$1,651$44,400,7024Paramount
10Labor Day (2013)$3,184,785-38%2,5840$1,233$10,127,1812Paramount
11American Hustle$3,068,641-26%1,640-576$1,871$138,085,7219Sony / Columbia
12The Wolf of Wall Street$2,582,764-24%1,167-440$2,213$107,896,5887Paramount
13August: Osage County$1,481,391-50%1,327-992$1,116$34,290,5117Weinstein Company
14I, Frankenstein$1,476,556-61%1,427-1326$1,035$17,483,8493Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Gravity$1,671,437-17%701-431$2,384$266,474,23719Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$816,563-43%678-494$1,204$47,347,83717Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$797,653-17%504-63$1,583$28,672,57512Weinstein Company
4Her (2013)$731,145-39%457-346$1,600$22,464,0328Warner Bros.
5Nebraska$703,207-38%525-350$1,339$14,943,27513Paramount Vantage
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$688,196-44%537-396$1,282$255,398,3749Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$660,668-30%529-293$1,249$422,411,45312Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$607,425-55%488-564$1,245$23,679,91115Focus
9Saving Mr. Banks$423,037-60%485-590$872$81,877,2559Disney
10The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$391,98719%14237$2,760$872,0672ShortsHD
11Thor: The Dark World$332,369216%233112$1,426$205,045,52014Disney
12Devil's Due$320,478-69%385-905$832$15,405,1634Fox
13Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$260,047-19%346-74$752$124,794,3128Paramount
14The Legend Of Hercules$233,261-56%248-350$941$18,389,0685Lionsgate / Summit
15The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$189,341-46%242-168$782$57,198,1707Fox
16Walking With Dinosaurs$172,595-22%251-72$688$35,199,8108Fox
17Inside Llewyn Davis$159,826-45%129-85$1,239$12,756,46010CBS Films
18Grudge Match$144,229118%341100$423$29,520,9617Warner Bros.
19Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$123,935-30%197-23$629$119,275,86220Sony / Columbia
20Captain Phillips$110,894-37%182-63$609$106,735,67518Sony / Columbia
21The Book Thief$102,831-30%135-43$762$20,949,90314Fox
22Delivery Man$77,466-29%142-31$546$30,380,12912Disney / DreamWorks
23Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$69,486-27%115-48$604$52,528,3309Lionsgate
24Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$68,701-14%103-47$667$32,385,0516Paramount
25Free Birds$34,438-43%109-26$316$55,567,50515Relativity Media
26Jai Ho$26,645-85%1950$137$1,256,7863Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hasee Toh Phasee$336,985--88--$3,829$336,9851Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$247,24046%6536$3,804$551,9763Roadside Attractions
3The Attorney$216,035--27--$8,001$216,0351Well Go USA
4The Great Beauty$109,007-4%531$2,057$1,803,40013Janus Films
5The Past$103,469-5%6718$1,544$841,5968Sony Pictures Classics
6The Invisible Woman$59,342-62%74-62$802$983,6487Sony Pictures Classics
7Gimme Shelter (2014)$54,890-82%76-271$722$1,335,0653Roadside Attractions
8Journey to the South Pacific$51,7818%131$3,983$356,41411IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
9The Saratov Approach$40,914-65%56-28$731$2,052,00818Purdie Distribution
10Hubble 3D$40,11144%170$2,359$42,406,546204Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Tim's Vermeer$39,009-22%73$5,573$127,5612Sony Pictures Classics
12Stranger By the Lake$38,1114%125$3,176$130,3473Strand Releasing
13Kids for Cash$36,639--4--$9,160$36,6391SenArt Films / Paladin
14Last Vegas$22,397-48%60-44$373$63,881,08715CBS Films
15Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$19,802-47%46-31$430$8,185,21211Weinstein Company
16Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$15,292--2--$7,646$21,6691Kino Lorber
17Space Station 3D$14,827-11%2-1$7,414$90,007,659617IMAX
18The Last of the Unjust$14,328--8--$1,791$14,3281Cohen Media Group
19Blue Jasmine$10,874-40%22-6$494$33,252,98829Sony Pictures Classics
20Like Father, Like Son (2014)$9,708-43%7-1$1,387$94,8704IFC Films
21A Field in England$9,498--13--$731$9,4981Drafthouse Films
23Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$7,298--1--$7,298$7,2981Rialto Pictures
24Knights of Badassdom$5,169-19%9-2$574$86,7963eOne Films US
25Blue Is the Warmest Color$4,722-16%60$787$2,182,49416IFC Films
26The Best Offer$4,700-33%122$392$67,4206IFC Films
2720 Feet from Stardom$3,828261%74$547$4,842,89835RADiUS-TWC
28Born to Be Wild 3D$3,648-38%8-1$456$23,162,692149Warner Bros. / IMAX
29The Act of Killing$3,612272%2017$181$479,58130Drafthouse Films
30Cavemen$3,544--12--$295$3,5441Well Go USA
31When Comedy Went to School$3,474--5--$695$242,40328International Film Circuit
32At Middleton$3,458-90%8-12$432$49,9532Anchor Bay / Freestyle
33All Is Lost$3,173-74%12-13$264$6,253,16217Roadside Attractions
34Under the Sea 3D$3,10314%30$1,034$33,735,851261Warner Bros. / IMAX
35To the Arctic 3D$2,770-49%9-2$308$13,795,02095Warner Bros. / IMAX
36In Bloom$2,738--2--$1,369$26,6315Big World Pictures
37American Mustang$2,027-30%31$676$18,8504Vitagraph / Just Media
38Kill Your Darlings$2,007134%42$502$1,024,17517Sony Pictures Classics
39Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,822-85%11-41$166$116,631,31026Weinstein Company
40The Rocket (2013)$1,8082311%43$452$20,6125Kino Lorber
41The Armstrong Lie$1,75434%32$585$380,77614Sony Pictures Classics
42Peter Brook: The Tightrope$1,737-74%10$1,737$14,9672First Run Features
43The Pretty One$1,484--1--$1,484$1,4841Dada Films
44Free the Mind$1,388--2--$694$151,29841International Film Circuit
45Trouble Every Day (2013 re-issue)$1,388795%10$1,388$9,18918The Film Desk
46Run & Jump$1,33634%32$445$8,2433IFC Films
47Big Bad Wolves$1,1337%5-2$227$22,0944Magnolia / Magnet
48Love Is in the Air$1,103-78%3-3$368$7,6362Focus World
49Sweet Dreams (2013)$95233%20$476$32,27315International Film Circuit
50Inequality for All$820561%31$273$1,203,40520RADiUS-TWC
51A Touch of Sin$665-77%2-1$333$153,61819Kino Lorber
52Museum Hours$659--2--$330$556,23433Cinema Guild
53Short Term 12$654109%31$218$1,010,41425Cinedigm
54Demi-Soeur$634--1--$634$6341Rialto Premieres
55Fire in the Blood$582-57%20$291$24,94323International Film Circuit
56Cutie and the Boxer$578-43%20$289$193,11326RADiUS-TWC
57The End of Time$492--1--$492$3,77611First Run Features
58Deep Sea 3D$460--2--$230$46,019,629415Warner Bros. / IMAX
59Muscle Shoals$266-73%2-3$133$688,87520Magnolia Pictures
60Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$253--1--$253$17,58411Cinema Guild
61Maidentrip$88-88%10$88$33,5668First Run Features