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 Sun, May. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 2$14,277,492-37%4,39010$3,252$211,200,8762Paramount
2Robin Hood$9,160,000-34%3,503--$2,615$36,063,0001Universal
3Letters to Juliet$3,185,530-41%2,968--$1,073$13,540,4861Summit
4Just Wright$1,993,059-42%1,831--$1,089$8,284,9891Fox Searchlight
5How to Train Your Dragon$1,393,362-41%2,620-1760$532$207,647,6968Paramount / DreamWorks
6A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$1,080,000-47%3,075-257$351$56,067,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
7Date Night$795,059-56%2,481-253$320$86,522,6226Fox
8Furry Vengeance$670,076-36%2,695-307$249$15,089,0703Summit
9The Back-up Plan$547,692-48%2,497-506$219$34,124,7824CBS Films
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$325,000-42%1,300-857$250$160,128,0007Warner Bros.
11Death at a Funeral (2010)$297,913-42%1,062-644$281$40,495,9645Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Babies$293,949-28%5439$541$3,881,2162Focus
2Oceans$225,386-23%973-259$232$17,669,4504Disneynature
3Kick-Ass$148,818-35%609-1150$244$46,616,2325Lionsgate
4The Last Song$128,523-47%802-501$160$61,240,3887Disney
5Alice in Wonderland (2010)$122,688-40%403-179$304$331,533,91511Disney
6The Losers$114,000-45%701-1749$163$22,761,0004Warner Bros.
7City Island$110,408-49%2536$436$3,608,5609Anchor Bay
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$106,328-42%468-157$227$61,978,6949Fox
9Avatar$95,611-38%279-49$343$748,468,37322Fox
10Hot Tub Time Machine$83,000-38%458-344$181$49,185,0008MGM
11Shutter Island$68,045-50%310121$220$127,213,67013Paramount
12The Bounty Hunter$46,484-54%293-169$159$65,037,8169Sony / Columbia
13Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$44,962-45%281-123$160$59,681,3857Lionsgate
14Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$35,305-37%209-12$169$88,354,45014Fox
15She's Out of My League$33,215-74%206-55$161$31,584,72210Paramount
16The Ghost Writer$27,259-53%150-81$182$15,084,11413Summit
17The Tooth Fairy$22,852-42%132-28$173$59,828,42717Fox
18Our Family Wedding$18,703-32%103-16$182$20,092,23910Fox Searchlight
19The Crazies$13,092-52%111-38$118$39,103,37812Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$78,000-34%480$1,625$5,743,0009Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Princess Kaiulani$58,392-15%33--$1,769$186,9801Roadside Attractions
3Greenberg$12,144-41%77-37$158$4,155,3109Focus
4The Secret of Kells$8,603-7%264$331$460,92611GKIDS
5Under the Sea 3D$8,100-38%184$450$21,979,00066Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Letters to God$7,400-33%75-37$99$2,794,0006Vivendi
7The Joneses$6,633-46%56-12$118$1,400,4865Roadside Attractions
8The Runaways$6,029-24%49-16$123$3,528,4549Apparition
9Cop Out$6,000-45%53-38$113$44,867,00012Warner Bros.
10Brooklyn's Finest$4,224-38%64-49$66$27,154,42611Overture
11Crazy Heart$3,986-56%50-25$80$39,436,62322Fox Searchlight
12The Square (2010)$3,980-46%14-3$284$242,4526Apparition
13Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo$2,0005%0----$01Argot Pictures
14Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$1,486-45%1--$1,486$6,3521Cinema Purgatorio
15The Blind Side$700-30%11-14$64$255,950,00026Warner Bros.