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 Fri, Jun. 25 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$17,950,64337%4,0280$4,456$185,502,3252Disney
2Grown Ups$14,407,593--3,534--$4,077$14,407,5931Sony / Columbia
3Knight and Day$6,322,34982%3,098--$2,041$13,610,8771Fox
4The Karate Kid (2010)$4,761,36751%3,74077$1,273$125,002,6673Sony / Columbia
5The A-Team$1,910,37438%3,242-302$589$58,753,3523Fox
6Get Him to the Greek$995,99529%2,189-403$455$52,471,7104Universal
7Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$967,03446%1,851-754$522$84,343,2295Disney
8Shrek Forever After$872,466-3%2,340-867$373$227,310,1906Paramount / DreamWorks
9Killers (2010)$634,7579%2,271-348$280$42,634,8304Lionsgate
10Jonah Hex$505,72619%2,8250$179$8,049,3672Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 2$410,96628%1,169-443$352$305,918,2358Paramount
12Marmaduke$315,1122%1,110-1385$284$29,346,6674Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sex and the City 2$389,544-5%901-779$432$92,242,8145Warner Bros. / New Line
2Robin Hood$190,66550%669-377$285$102,843,5107Universal
3How to Train Your Dragon$149,137168%333120$448$215,094,16614Paramount / DreamWorks
4Letters to Juliet$128,4332%509-297$252$49,259,3147Summit
5Solitary Man$121,826244%17770$688$1,716,3106Anchor Bay
6Date Night$77,89765%286-59$272$97,156,93112Fox
7Splice$73,031-8%340-604$215$16,061,7724Warner Bros
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$48,12028%226-41$213$162,581,34513Warner Bros.
9The Back-up Plan$44,523157%147-19$303$37,163,14610CBS Films
10Death at a Funeral (2010)$43,988--156-5$282$42,496,51511Sony / Screen Gems
11Furry Vengeance$42,15548%157-78$269$17,205,0789Summit
12The Bounty Hunter$35,352--104-70$340$66,880,57015Sony / Columbia
13City Island$29,57339%105-28$282$6,054,51815Anchor Bay
14Raavan$27,04973%115-4$235$600,3632Reliance Big Pictures
15A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$24,07010%172-56$140$62,846,1739Warner Bros. / New Line
16Just Wright$21,97965%111-47$198$21,166,8877Fox Searchlight
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid$21,979-4%105-41$209$63,654,75515Fox
18Kick-Ass$10,638-29%102-55$104$48,019,21711Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$115,940226%7031$1,656$742,8933Roadside Attractions
2Cyrus$85,547347%1713$5,032$350,5792Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$72,166-7%500$1,443$9,001,77215Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Babies$12,123-43%64-33$189$7,165,3668Focus
5Avatar$9,634-36%15-2$642$749,500,63628Fox
6Under the Sea 3D$9,555-39%13-2$735$22,563,51172Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Square (2010)$4,956106%8-4$620$366,84912Apparition
8The Secret of Kells$2,88367%150$192$630,44017GKIDS
9Princess Kaiulani$1,648-33%8-8$206$822,0197Roadside Attractions
10The Joneses$860-40%3-4$287$1,462,25211Roadside Attractions
11Racing Dreams$316159%31$105$43,8496Hanover House
12Letters to God$173--2--$87$2,848,29912Vivendi