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, Jun. 20 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$32,067,098-14%4,028--$7,961$110,307,1891Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$9,995,684-10%3,6630$2,729$107,130,2392Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$4,892,491-6%3,5449$1,380$50,427,5882Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$1,802,000-22%2,592-110$695$47,844,0003Universal
5Shrek Forever After$1,801,027-16%3,207-661$562$223,076,9255Paramount / DreamWorks
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$1,670,828-23%2,605-503$641$80,800,5744Disney
7Jonah Hex$1,628,000-10%2,825--$576$5,379,0001Warner Bros.
8Killers (2010)$1,404,858-28%2,619-240$536$39,302,4113Lionsgate
9Iron Man 2$1,107,6946%1,612-693$687$304,210,3297Paramount
10Marmaduke$583,223-52%2,495-718$234$27,711,0003Fox
11Robin Hood$533,0001%1,046-849$510$102,080,0006Universal
12Sex and the City 2$527,000-46%1,680-1070$314$90,170,0004Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Splice$294,000-17%944-1506$311$15,569,0003Warner Bros
2Letters to Juliet$190,964-40%806-525$237$48,591,4096Summit
3Solitary Man$119,400-38%10754$1,116$1,424,9935Anchor Bay
4Raavan$109,170-42%119--$917$480,7031Reliance Big Pictures
5Date Night$89,031-40%345-85$258$96,883,25711Fox
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$87,000-4%267-66$326$162,385,00012Warner Bros.
7How to Train Your Dragon$53,231-16%213-68$250$214,764,29813Paramount / DreamWorks
8City Island$52,037-39%133-26$391$5,937,64514Anchor Bay
9Death at a Funeral (2010)$47,407-20%16195$294$42,365,76810Sony / Screen Gems
10Just Wright$47,375-33%158-121$300$21,085,7566Fox Searchlight
11The Bounty Hunter$42,600-53%174-62$245$66,754,01714Sony / Columbia
12A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$38,000-16%228103$167$62,734,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
13Furry Vengeance$34,075-21%235-33$145$17,060,7948Summit
14Kick-Ass$24,906-13%157-21$159$47,950,72810Lionsgate
15The Back-up Plan$23,780-36%16654$143$37,050,5819CBS Films
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid$21,412-23%146-56$147$63,547,66614Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$108,780-24%3935$2,789$474,3282Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$90,000-3%502$1,800$8,633,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cyrus$59,427-15%4--$14,857$181,7161Fox Searchlight
4Babies$29,725-16%97-49$306$7,081,1937Focus
5Raajneeti$24,000-29%56-68$429$1,436,0003UTV Communications
6Avatar$13,616-30%17-9$801$749,434,95027Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$9,000-25%150$600$22,499,00071Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Square (2010)$5,567-21%12-5$464$353,34811Apparition
9The Losers$5,400-28%31-96$174$23,581,0009Warner Bros.
10Princess Kaiulani$5,384-19%16-10$337$808,7256Roadside Attractions
11The Secret of Kells$4,3438%15-5$290$620,35716GKIDS
12The Joneses$3,617-13%7-1$517$1,456,85610Roadside Attractions
13Racing Dreams$636-12%2--$318$43,5335Hanover House