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, Jul. 25 - Sun, Jul. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$43,899,340--3,173--$13,835$43,899,3401Universal
2Hercules (2014)$29,800,263--3,595--$8,289$29,800,2631Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$16,767,260-54%3,668-301$4,571$172,455,8893Fox
4The Purge: Anarchy$10,482,760-65%2,85650$3,670$51,858,9052Universal
5Planes: Fire and Rescue$9,529,656-46%3,83913$2,482$35,347,4782Disney
6Sex Tape$6,052,050-59%3,0620$1,977$26,953,5822Sony / Columbia
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$4,702,553-52%2,476-748$1,899$236,455,0285Paramount
8And So It Goes$4,642,329--1,762--$2,635$4,642,3291Clarius Entertainment
9Tammy$3,454,221-53%2,562-840$1,348$78,201,3104Warner Bros. / New Line
1022 Jump Street$2,600,471-45%1,613-616$1,612$185,754,5707Sony / Columbia
11How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,234,919-43%1,358-811$1,646$165,663,7997Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Maleficent$1,835,238-43%1,077-464$1,704$232,174,4229Disney
13Begin Again$1,574,846-40%1,244-58$1,266$12,310,7535Weinstein Company
14Earth to Echo$1,387,368-58%1,272-1178$1,091$35,531,8264Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$2,687,227--361--$7,444$2,687,2271Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$1,761,87351%10773$16,466$4,162,6813IFC Films
3The Fluffy Movie$1,311,446--432--$3,036$1,311,4461Open Road
4Wish I Was Here$1,154,548138%625557$1,847$1,879,7882Focus
5Kick$1,071,373--177--$6,053$1,071,3731UTV Motion Pictures
6America (2014)$903,937-46%760-270$1,189$13,242,5045Lionsgate
7Chef$763,624-31%405-147$1,885$27,262,92612Open Road
8Edge of Tomorrow$525,411-52%353-249$1,488$97,709,5178Warner Bros.
9Jersey Boys$502,185-58%462-541$1,087$45,640,0166Warner Bros.
10The Fault in Our Stars$483,139-41%387-170$1,248$122,703,9948Fox
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$395,061-44%289-98$1,367$231,272,87010Fox
12Godzilla (2014)$386,819-25%302-24$1,281$199,704,02511Warner Bros.
13Think Like a Man Too$364,024-66%317-311$1,148$64,744,0356Sony / Screen Gems
14Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$271,989-82%321-1170$847$30,288,0564Sony / Screen Gems
15Neighbors (2014)$247,520-2%208-22$1,190$149,489,92512Universal
16Rio 2$221,492-27%230-26$963$130,678,66216Fox
17Blended$207,335-25%223-62$930$45,607,49010Warner Bros.
18Snowpiercer$203,037-55%149-62$1,363$3,904,4585RADiUS-TWC
19The Amazing Spider-Man 2$175,905-26%187-31$941$202,408,52613Sony / Columbia
20Persecuted$169,182-80%384-352$441$1,438,2932Millennium Entertainment
21Captain America: The Winter Soldier$136,115-25%163-28$835$258,848,38717Disney
22Million Dollar Arm$104,519-38%140-35$747$36,169,41111Disney
23Heaven is for Real$95,735-25%129-20$742$91,269,77115Sony / TriStar
24The LEGO Movie$36,422-14%2020$180$257,582,91425Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Magic in the Moonlight$412,095--17--$24,241$412,0951Sony Pictures Classics
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$184,78514%410$4,507$5,030,52617Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Seduction$78,609-37%74-16$1,062$3,099,2409eOne Films US
4Obvious Child$77,878-55%63-33$1,236$2,792,2148A24
5I Origins$77,065179%7672$1,014$118,8292Fox Searchlight
6Journey to the South Pacific$69,701-10%180$3,872$3,992,53835IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Ida (2014)$66,302-47%48-32$1,381$3,478,25513Music Box Films
8Hubble 3D$58,957-2%140$4,211$45,326,179228Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Belle$54,791-51%58-34$945$10,576,61013Fox Searchlight
10Life Itself$48,875-62%77-23$635$657,9554Magnolia Pictures
11Land Ho!$32,176-8%147$2,298$133,9853Sony Pictures Classics
12Le Chef$29,589-7%14-1$2,114$265,6316Cohen Media Group
13Words and Pictures$27,750-33%28-5$991$2,112,28910Roadside Attractions
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$26,581-49%37-9$718$59,000,05721Fox Searchlight
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$24,4615%58-5$422$111,341,86721Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Mood Indigo$24,214-9%75$3,459$62,2442Drafthouse Films
17Venus in Fur$24,086--45--$535$301,6816IFC Films
18The Other Woman (2014)$20,458-43%39-21$525$83,865,72114Fox
19Third Person$18,641-83%35-119$533$854,8996Sony Pictures Classics
20Jerusalem 3D$17,662-12%10-1$1,766$4,775,08945National Geographic
21Yves Saint Laurent$16,077-37%8-3$2,010$242,3585Weinstein Company
2250 to 1$13,139481%73$1,877$821,14719Ten Furlongs
23Under the Sea 3D$11,148-10%8-3$1,394$34,185,775285Warner Bros. / IMAX
24A Five Star Life$9,780-39%10$9,780$36,5352Music Box Films
25Only Lovers Left Alive$8,979-34%10-1$898$1,826,78816Sony Pictures Classics
26The Rover$8,741-9%110$795$1,077,8487A24
27Under the Skin (2014)$8,144-8%8-1$1,018$2,593,96117A24
28Happy Christmas$7,523--4--$1,881$7,5231Magnolia Pictures
29The Lunchbox$7,31353%82$914$4,202,63222Sony Pictures Classics
30A Master Builder$7,017--1--$7,017$12,9711Abramorama
31A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$6,632-70%6-3$1,105$125,2576Big World Pictures
32A Coffee in Berlin$6,318-34%91$702$139,0157Music Box Films
33Code Black$6,073-50%6-1$1,012$114,5196Long Shot Factory
34Locke$5,214-29%5-2$1,043$1,351,98114A24
35Fed Up$4,307-27%131$331$1,528,24012RADiUS-TWC
36God's Not Dead$4,219-34%9-2$469$60,746,70419Freestyle / Pure Flix
37Come Back to Me$4,156--10--$416$4,1561Freestyle Releasing
38Very Good Girls$4,102--9--$456$4,1021Well Go USA / Tribeca Film
39Siddharth$3,487-68%4-1$872$43,4945Zeitgeist Films
40There’s No Place Like Utopia$3,249-89%10$3,249$39,4012Rocky Mountain Pictures
41Finding Vivian Maier$3,154--4--$789$1,497,63518IFC Films
42Under the Electric Sky$3,087--4--$772$204,1509Focus
43Video Games: The Movie$2,963-77%6-19$494$23,0432Variance Films
44Closed Curtain$2,728-72%51$546$28,0983Variance Films
45Citizen Koch$2,59485%74$371$153,9088Variance Films
46As It Is in Heaven (2014)$2,554381%10$2,554$7,6033Embark Visuals
47The Double (2014)$2,229-24%73$318$190,45312Magnolia Pictures
48Lucky Them$1,962--5--$392$45,9299IFC Films
49A Long Way Down$1,857-63%3-2$619$13,0933Magnolia Pictures
50The Empty Hours$1,615-18%31$538$6,9733Strand Releasing
51Born to Be Wild 3D$1,594781%82$199$23,473,165173Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Cold in July$1,500--3--$500$422,05510IFC Films
53To the Arctic 3D$1,494-32%30$498$14,157,329119Warner Bros. / IMAX
54The Breakup Guru$1,474-81%1-2$1,474$208,9595China Lion Film
55Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$1,397-79%4-3$349$71,8505Magnolia Pictures
56Redwood Highway$1,330-38%2-1$665$127,89916Monterey Media
57We Are the Best!$1,244-57%2-6$622$171,7049Magnolia Pictures
58Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$978-69%4-6$245$209,0578RADiUS-TWC
59The Hornet's Nest$923190%10$923$311,97512Freestyle Releasing
60Hellion$885--3--$295$51,2877IFC Films
61Jodorowsky's Dune$842-15%2-2$421$646,51219Sony Pictures Classics
62Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$820-6%6-2$137$8,460,99012Clarius Entertainment
63A Long Way Off$607--1--$607$28,9518Moving Visions Entertainment
64The Last Sentence$522-83%1-2$522$47,4916Music Box Films
65Night Moves$463-55%2-1$232$251,8409Cinedigm
66For No Good Reason$28514%10$285$65,50414Sony Pictures Classics
67Sweet Dreams (2013)$230--1--$230$59,40339International Film Circuit
68The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$1947%10$194$10,98911First Run Features
69Borgman$15-99%1-4$15$56,4748Drafthouse Films
70Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$8--1--$8$1,6407First Run Features