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, Feb. 21 - Sun, Feb. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$31,305,359-37%3,890115$8,048$183,015,4553Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$12,242,218--2,872--$4,263$12,242,2181Relativity Media
3Pompeii$10,340,823--2,658--$3,890$10,340,8231Sony / TriStar
4RoboCop (2014)$9,805,051-55%3,3720$2,908$44,005,1572Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$7,912,276-49%3,064-19$2,582$57,856,9603Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$7,534,816-71%2,2530$3,344$38,281,1062Sony / Screen Gems
7Ride Along$4,623,390-47%2,186-331$2,115$123,129,1906Universal
8Frozen (2013)$4,403,797-29%1,891-210$2,329$384,108,13214Disney
9Endless Love (2014)$3,967,520-70%2,8960$1,370$19,808,7752Universal
10Winter's Tale$2,173,455-70%2,9650$733$11,267,3562Warner Bros.
11Lone Survivor$1,978,380-52%1,516-497$1,305$121,709,2869Universal
12That Awkward Moment$1,385,146-60%1,208-714$1,147$24,053,6884Focus
13Philomena$1,196,316-22%1,004-221$1,192$32,720,25214Weinstein Company
14The Nut Job$1,066,564-42%1,235-683$864$59,906,0676Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$1,732,098-29%903-169$1,918$144,115,17211Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$1,302,871-32%627-124$2,078$112,821,5629Paramount
3Gravity$847,195-18%348-7$2,434$269,275,32321Warner Bros.
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$824,646-63%807-471$1,022$49,297,3246Paramount
512 Years a Slave$522,497-7%349-37$1,497$49,077,22019Fox Searchlight
6Nebraska$429,941-20%210-114$2,047$16,518,81415Paramount Vantage
7Her (2013)$409,428-32%250-5$1,638$23,980,03810Warner Bros.
8August: Osage County$399,944-55%525-485$762$36,615,2559Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$319,126-40%240-86$1,330$423,626,64214Lionsgate
10Dallas Buyers Club$297,279-20%175-48$1,699$24,746,78017Focus
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$293,130-41%266-19$1,102$256,636,87411Warner Bros. / New Line
12In Secret$265,586--266--$998$265,5151Roadside Attractions
13Vampire Academy$261,787-86%536-2140$488$7,606,3953Weinstein Company
14The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$237,614-34%148-19$1,606$1,803,1474ShortsHD
15Gloria (2014)$233,959-25%11012$2,127$1,344,8815Roadside Attractions
16Labor Day (2013)$226,864-82%418-1246$543$13,106,5054Paramount
17Saving Mr. Banks$226,227-4%24634$920$82,590,20811Disney
18Thor: The Dark World$225,421-28%199-13$1,133$205,808,33916Disney
19The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$173,660-12%2087$835$57,720,7449Fox
20I, Frankenstein$154,366-67%217-251$711$18,666,4985Lionsgate
21Walking With Dinosaurs$138,895-17%214-34$649$35,634,73310Fox
22The Legend Of Hercules$102,06039%11020$928$18,647,9737Lionsgate / Summit
23Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$85,682-16%1810$473$119,546,97022Sony / Columbia
24Inside Llewyn Davis$72,980-40%10721$682$13,072,05312CBS Films
25Captain Phillips$64,291-20%18954$340$106,957,07120Sony / Columbia
26Grudge Match$47,026-49%108-183$435$29,747,3099Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Highway$326,654--97--$3,368$326,6541UTV Motion Pictures
2The Wind Rises$313,751--21--$14,941$455,8011Disney
3Journey to the South Pacific$126,2404%161$7,890$733,79413IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
4Beijing Love Story$94,261-33%123$7,855$312,9382China Lion Film
5Tim's Vermeer$86,57050%2210$3,935$322,6384Sony Pictures Classics
6The Great Beauty$82,207-20%50-2$1,644$2,092,17015Janus Films
7Jerusalem 3D$82,002--27--$3,037$2,547,64623National Geographic
8The Past$81,628-18%75-2$1,088$1,136,02710Sony Pictures Classics
9Devil's Due$66,036-48%84-39$786$15,722,0506Fox
10The Book Thief$64,623-21%84-10$769$21,192,41516Fox
11Hubble 3D$53,02021%171$3,119$42,614,887206Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Delivery Man$48,609-31%98-16$496$30,549,85814Disney / DreamWorks
13The Attorney$45,403-62%18-8$2,522$524,3163Well Go USA
14Hasee Toh Phasee$36,663-76%33-44$1,111$634,3423Reliance Entertainment
15Like Father, Like Son (2014)$31,211-7%227$1,419$186,9526IFC Films
16Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$27,853--2--$13,927$27,8531IFC Films
17Free Birds$25,973-22%56-19$464$55,651,84317Relativity Media
18The Invisible Woman$22,869-30%32-12$715$1,088,1139Sony Pictures Classics
19Stranger By the Lake$21,029-1%123$1,752$200,2525Strand Releasing
20When Comedy Went to School$18,562-26%81$2,320$301,25030International Film Circuit
21Blue Jasmine$18,463100%5741$324$33,290,58131Sony Pictures Classics
22Child's Pose$12,955--2--$6,478$14,7471Zeitgeist Films
23Barefoot$11,767--18--$654$11,7671Roadside Attractions
24The Saratov Approach$11,474-5%16-6$717$2,116,87420Purdie Distribution
25To the Arctic 3D$10,28622%8-1$1,286$13,829,47897Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$9,7227%32$3,241$57,4613Kino Lorber
27Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$9,047-45%33-1$274$8,242,53613Weinstein Company
2820 Feet from Stardom$8,115-36%12-4$676$4,868,57737RADiUS-TWC
29Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$7,250-44%10$7,250$30,2852Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
30Girl on a Bicycle$6,071-84%15-37$405$58,9752Monterey Media
31The Pretty One$5,996203%54$1,199$11,1863Dada Films
32Born to Be Wild 3D$5,31722%71$760$23,183,085151Warner Bros. / IMAX
33American Mustang$5,209--1--$5,209$24,5836Vitagraph / Just Media
34Under the Sea 3D$4,924-33%51$985$33,751,928263Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Jimmy P$3,654-49%32$1,218$16,3852IFC Films
36The Rocket (2013)$3,419588%64$570$26,4587Kino Lorber
37Visitors$3,371-55%7-3$482$51,4985Cinedigm
38The Last of the Unjust$3,349-57%40$837$38,3963Cohen Media Group
39The Best Offer$3,171124%6-2$529$77,3578IFC Films
40Almost Human$2,722--2--$1,361$2,7221IFC Midnight
41Blue Is the Warmest Color$2,346-45%3-6$782$2,194,42318IFC Films
42All Is Lost$2,317-34%5-4$463$6,262,94219Roadside Attractions
43A Field in England$2,121-25%6-2$354$23,8633Drafthouse Films
44Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,987-61%5-10$397$1,359,5635Roadside Attractions
45In Bloom$1,939338%1-1$1,939$30,3217Big World Pictures
46Big Bad Wolves$1,866164%63$311$25,8896Magnolia / Magnet
47Black Out$1,749--10--$175$1,7491Doppelgänger Releasing
48Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,520-47%10$1,520$20,0183Rialto Pictures
49The Act of Killing$867-48%31$289$483,86332Drafthouse Films
50Knights of Badassdom$760-78%31$253$114,2915eOne Films US
51Maidentrip$676-13%1-1$676$36,76710First Run Features
52Kill Your Darlings$630-69%3-1$210$1,029,94919Sony Pictures Classics
53Fire in the Blood$620--2--$310$25,56325International Film Circuit
54Sweet Dreams (2013)$562-8%1-1$562$34,77717International Film Circuit
55Cutie and the Boxer$535-37%5-1$107$195,54528RADiUS-TWC
56Muscle Shoals$522-55%41$131$691,32422Magnolia Pictures
57Run & Jump$510--2--$255$10,3775IFC Films
58Inequality for All$183-36%20$92$1,205,07922RADiUS-TWC