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.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, May. 13 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$6,338,848-9%4,380--$1,447$159,159,8711Paramount
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$638,000-8%3,3320$191$51,409,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
3Date Night$424,048-2%2,734-359$155$82,699,1075Fox
4How to Train Your Dragon$402,669-2%3,003-423$134$202,644,1607Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Back-up Plan$395,189-4%3,003-277$132$31,737,3023CBS Films
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$221,0000%2,157-580$102$158,896,0006Warner Bros.
7Oceans$203,0902%1,23222$165$16,917,4323Disneynature
8The Losers$202,000-4%2,450-486$82$22,302,0003Warner Bros.
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$198,373-5%1,706-565$116$39,357,8164Sony / Screen Gems
10Kick-Ass$193,960-7%1,759-783$110$46,076,2354Lionsgate
11Furry Vengeance$181,140-4%3,0025$60$12,846,9642Summit
12The Last Song$88,4671%1,303-973$68$60,695,9746Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$176,672-8%534--$331$2,885,5561Focus
2Hot Tub Time Machine$71,0000%802-310$89$48,879,0007MGM
3Alice in Wonderland (2010)$58,7671%582-468$101$331,093,71310Disney
4City Island$49,729-19%247-22$201$3,166,4028Anchor Bay
5Avatar$49,3386%328-59$150$748,133,19921Fox
6Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$26,062-6%404-323$65$59,509,0826Lionsgate
7The Ghost Writer$22,9230%231-105$99$14,967,11912Summit
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$21,848-1%625-541$35$61,591,8188Fox
9She's Out of My League$13,805-2%26118$53$31,339,1209Paramount
10Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$11,7511%221-44$53$88,231,28013Fox
11Greenberg$10,896-6%114-29$96$4,109,4968Focus
12Shutter Island$10,314-8%189-61$55$126,921,30312Paramount
13The Tooth Fairy$8,072-3%160-26$50$59,745,85216Fox
14Our Family Wedding$7,899-8%11921$66$20,029,4649Fox Searchlight
15The Crazies$6,847-10%149-48$46$39,046,33611Overture
16Letters to God$5,8000%112-87$52$2,769,0005Vivendi
17Brooklyn's Finest$4,295-2%113-33$38$27,138,85410Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 13 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$101,00029%48-1$2,104$5,419,0008Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$20,00054%182$1,111$21,941,00065Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Joneses$6,5871%68-55$97$1,373,9434Roadside Attractions
4The Runaways$5,3591%65-57$82$3,508,2228Apparition
5Crazy Heart$5,234-13%75-43$70$39,417,74121Fox Searchlight
6Cop Out$3,4000%91-50$37$44,844,00011Warner Bros.
7The Book of Eli$3,100-6%61-16$51$94,835,00017Warner Bros.
8Remember Me$3,07615%76-42$40$19,068,2409Summit
9The Square (2010)$2,532-4%17-7$149$227,5295Apparition
10The Secret of Kells$1,842-9%22-15$84$437,04610GKIDS
11The Blind Side$80014%25-21$32$255,948,00025Warner Bros.