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, Jul. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$28,153,31616%4,468--$6,301$120,898,2941Summit
2The Last Airbender$16,614,112-5%3,169--$5,243$34,125,2091Paramount
3Toy Story 3$10,537,09441%4,0280$2,616$269,363,2633Disney
4Grown Ups$6,866,27068%3,5340$1,943$65,447,7852Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$3,360,61284%3,1046$1,083$38,669,2262Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$2,687,90759%3,109-631$865$146,211,1654Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$1,088,95172%2,153-1089$506$67,179,9014Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$437,58067%884-1305$495$16,679,1755Universal
2Letters to Juliet$352,729128%340-169$1,037$50,475,0348Summit
3Shrek Forever After$292,654-5%957-1383$306$231,681,1297Paramount / DreamWorks
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$248,1437%600-1251$414$87,702,3136Disney
5Iron Man 2$215,07934%522-647$412$307,869,5429Paramount
6Killers (2010)$168,797113%727-1544$232$44,864,1265Lionsgate
7Sex and the City 2$137,31625%355-546$387$93,832,0856Warner Bros. / New Line
8Solitary Man$135,080225%176-1$768$2,394,2597Anchor Bay
9Marmaduke$134,748156%475-635$284$30,590,7895Fox
10How to Train Your Dragon$129,38329%303-30$427$215,944,61715Paramount / DreamWorks
11Robin Hood$105,84096%378-291$280$103,690,9158Universal
12Date Night$67,634117%242-44$279$97,514,92213Fox
13Splice$66,871273%140-200$478$16,438,0815Warner Bros
14Jonah Hex$49,06619%350-2475$140$9,862,8923Warner Bros.
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$42,66056%175-51$244$162,843,73314Warner Bros.
16Furry Vengeance$40,531102%107-50$379$17,411,00610Summit
17Death at a Funeral (2010)$40,361--136-20$297$42,634,81412Sony / Screen Gems
18A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$15,31517%110-62$139$62,967,78910Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$236,246490%7760$3,068$954,1203Fox Searchlight
2Winter's Bone$117,93397%8313$1,421$1,399,8244Roadside Attractions
3Hubble 3D$75,1958%522$1,446$9,505,59416Warner Bros. / IMAX
4City Island$23,73574%81-24$293$6,239,51116Anchor Bay
5The Back-up Plan$18,81524%97-50$194$37,325,59911CBS Films
6The Bounty Hunter$18,276--67-37$273$67,012,37516Sony / Columbia
7Just Wright$17,992138%95-16$189$21,274,4628Fox Searchlight
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$17,21128%70-35$246$63,763,99816Fox
9Under the Sea 3D$13,812-9%130$1,062$22,652,83173Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Babies$13,08010%42-22$311$7,254,2719Focus
11Avatar$7,0247%9-6$780$749,575,18229Fox
12The Secret of Kells$3,07047%14-1$219$648,25918GKIDS
13Raavan$2,506-44%28-87$90$692,9483Reliance Big Pictures
14The Square (2010)$1,600-14%5-3$320$388,88313Apparition
15Princess Kaiulani$1,42642%5-3$285$832,3558Roadside Attractions
16The Joneses$54817%1-2$548$1,467,53612Roadside Attractions
17Racing Dreams$29254%2-1$146$47,1427Hanover House