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, Aug. 19 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$2,727,301-10%3,270--$834$48,389,0851Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$2,668,929-9%3,082--$866$35,102,9161Sony / Columbia
3Vampires Suck$2,347,044-42%2,976--$789$6,363,9020Fox
4The Other Guys$1,710,211-11%3,6510$468$78,090,1452Sony / Columbia
5Inception$1,279,112-7%2,976-442$430$254,193,4155Warner Bros.
6Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,042,660-9%2,818--$370$15,696,2851Universal
7Despicable Me$880,750-21%2,923-490$301$226,394,9256Universal
8Step Up 3D$771,691-10%2,4394$316$33,718,5502Disney
9Dinner for Schmucks$750,059-8%3,04642$246$62,280,1143Paramount / DreamWorks
10Salt$688,281-5%2,588-729$266$106,485,0934Sony / Columbia
11Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$551,076-24%2,479-1226$222$37,959,4773Warner Bros.
12Toy Story 3$332,064-9%1,087-627$305$402,280,5189Disney
13Charlie St. Cloud$210,625-14%2,083-642$101$29,870,5953Universal
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$190,143-1%1,212-492$157$296,649,9347Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$167,523-5%830-164$202$17,421,5126Focus
2Ramona and Beezus$101,179-20%491-987$206$23,885,7704Fox
3Grown Ups$96,966-6%804-965$121$158,524,1968Sony / Columbia
4Shrek Forever After$50,023-6%254-54$197$237,459,24613Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Last Airbender$44,487-4%364-275$122$129,897,0477Paramount
6Knight and Day$31,7513%310-26$102$75,419,1578Fox
7Predators$31,014-5%343-111$90$51,197,2436Fox
8Winter's Bone$28,4252%136-5$209$4,965,70410Roadside Attractions
9The A-Team$19,4226%204-37$95$76,872,39510Fox
10Iron Man 2$18,1848%178-46$102$312,128,34515Paramount
11Marmaduke$17,8822%151-19$118$33,412,38911Fox
12Killers (2010)$13,177-14%169-3$78$47,059,96311Lionsgate
13Middle Men$12,911-27%2520$51$708,6462Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$70,7232%541$1,310$13,681,17222Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$23,712-1%163$1,482$23,770,79379Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Peepli Live$17,947-26%64--$280$437,7131UTV Communications
4Flipped$15,053-14%42-3$358$520,8682Warner Bros.
5The Concert$9,912-3%190$522$235,2724Weinstein Company
6Cyrus$7,465-5%84-48$89$7,284,3209Fox Searchlight
7Letters to Juliet$6,191-1%61-42$101$53,004,35214Summit
8La Soga$5,0080%11--$455$74,63817-57 Releasing
9Sex and the City 2$4,7335%81-119$58$95,347,69212Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,5949%122$300$94,8692Anchor Bay
11Solitary Man$3,58136%28-17$128$4,270,61513Anchor Bay
12Date Night$3,1266%33-13$95$98,669,09719Fox
13Tales From Earthsea$2,5459%5--$509$31,0891Disney
14The People I've Slept With$586-19%1--$586$7,7011People Pictures
15Princess Kaiulani$554-11%32$185$868,67514Roadside Attractions
16Twelve$492-28%12-219$41$183,9202Hannover House
17City Island$385-26%81$48$6,667,36622Anchor Bay