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, Jun. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$13,056,504-3%4,028--$3,241$167,551,6821Disney
2Knight and Day$3,477,879-9%3,043--$1,143$7,288,5280Fox
3The Karate Kid (2010)$3,152,5666%3,6630$861$120,241,3002Sony / Columbia
4The A-Team$1,381,6570%3,5449$390$56,842,9782Fox
5Shrek Forever After$901,43711%3,207-661$281$226,437,7245Paramount / DreamWorks
6Get Him to the Greek$773,175-2%2,379-323$325$51,475,7153Universal
7Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$660,15816%2,277-831$290$83,376,1954Disney
8Killers (2010)$581,6741%2,619-240$222$42,000,0733Lionsgate
9Jonah Hex$426,195-4%2,825--$151$7,543,6411Warner Bros.
10Sex and the City 2$410,0102%1,680-1070$244$91,853,2704Warner Bros. / New Line
11Iron Man 2$322,1057%1,612-693$200$305,507,2697Paramount
12Marmaduke$309,0131%1,748-1465$177$29,031,5553Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Robin Hood$127,22514%803-1092$158$102,652,8456Universal
2Letters to Juliet$125,4906%806-525$156$49,130,8816Summit
3Splice$79,3382%944-1506$84$15,988,7413Warner Bros
4How to Train Your Dragon$55,722-11%213-68$262$214,945,02913Paramount / DreamWorks
5Date Night$47,2065%298-132$158$97,079,03411Fox
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$37,4914%267--$140$162,533,22512Warner Bros.
7Solitary Man$35,390-13%10754$331$1,594,4845Anchor Bay
8Furry Vengeance$28,52110%235-33$121$17,162,9238Summit
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$22,8202%146-56$156$63,632,77614Fox
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$21,831-1%228103$96$62,822,1038Warner Bros. / New Line
11City Island$21,2392%133-26$160$6,024,94514Anchor Bay
12The Back-up Plan$17,30415%16654$104$37,118,6239CBS Films
13Raavan$15,622-28%120--$130$573,3141Reliance Big Pictures
14Kick-Ass$15,03710%157-21$96$48,008,57910Lionsgate
15Just Wright$13,35622%158-121$85$21,144,9086Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,2303%502$1,545$8,932,66314Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$35,559-4%3935$912$626,9522Roadside Attractions
3Babies$21,31318%97-49$220$7,153,2437Focus
4Cyrus$19,1420%4--$4,786$265,0321Fox Searchlight
5Under the Sea 3D$15,64544%150$1,043$22,553,95671Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Avatar$15,03911%14-12$1,074$749,491,00227Fox
7Princess Kaiulani$2,466-14%16-10$154$820,3716Roadside Attractions
8The Square (2010)$2,40929%12-5$201$361,89311Apparition
9The Losers$2,394--31-96$77$23,591,4329Warner Bros.
10The Secret of Kells$1,722-31%15-5$115$627,55716GKIDS
11The Joneses$1,4293%7-3$204$1,461,39210Roadside Attractions
12Racing Dreams$12291%2--$61$43,8435Hanover House