'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 Mon, Sep. 6 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$3,484,543-22%2,823--$1,234$19,806,1181Focus
3Takers$2,659,260-26%2,2060$1,205$39,986,8172Sony / Screen Gems
4The Expendables$1,697,691-32%3,3980$500$93,885,5944Lionsgate
5Going the Distance (2010)$1,623,326-28%3,030--$536$8,508,2901Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Last Exorcism$1,408,215-40%2,8740$490$33,522,5752Lionsgate
7The Other Guys$1,376,739-30%2,607-574$528$108,130,8395Sony / Columbia
8Eat Pray Love$1,374,852-19%2,663-445$516$70,279,6444Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,312,106-24%1,704-366$770$278,457,6098Warner Bros.
10Nanny McPhee Returns$1,272,7601%2,708-90$470$23,672,6603Universal
11Despicable Me$1,063,665-8%1,600-233$665$241,498,6309Universal
12The Switch (2010)$797,504-29%1,885-132$423$22,292,2013Miramax
13Toy Story 3$790,2344%1,520920$520$408,890,40812Disney
14Vampires Suck$745,778-31%2,434-799$306$33,240,6023Fox
15Piranha 3D$577,894-38%1,789-702$323$23,105,9593Weinstein Company
16Lottery Ticket$565,887-23%1,310-663$432$21,074,9723Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$431,745-22%807-759$535$29,267,1304Universal
3Get Low$356,989--560--$637$5,760,3866Sony Pictures Classics
4Salt$343,194-26%705-463$487$115,561,6627Sony / Columbia
5Dinner for Schmucks$243,642-37%804-697$303$71,166,8166Paramount / DreamWorks
6Step Up 3D$200,857-33%434-467$463$41,284,3975Disney
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$177,079-1%455-368$389$42,209,3236Warner Bros.
8The Sorcerer's Apprentice$152,932--357--$428$61,776,4598Disney
9Grown Ups$144,388-39%383--$377$160,191,86011Sony / Columbia
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$111,125-29%396-80$281$298,798,46610Summit
11Hubble 3D$109,247-3%123-28$888$15,110,42225Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Ramona and Beezus$101,1525%305-49$332$25,306,2007Fox
13The Kids Are All Right$100,611-25%239-103$421$19,891,2589Focus
14The Last Airbender$98,732-17%257-49$384$131,157,15110Paramount
15The Karate Kid (2010)$70,707-23%227--$311$176,308,87213Sony / Columbia
16The Girl Who Played With Fire$65,436--157--$417$6,643,2559Music Box
17Shrek Forever After$52,944-33%179-28$296$238,371,98716Paramount / DreamWorks
18Charlie St. Cloud$34,110-39%220-113$155$31,001,0106Universal
19Knight and Day$27,817-41%142-87$196$76,231,73911Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mao's Last Dancer$106,021--95--$1,116$1,782,2103Samuel Goldwyn
2We Are Family$69,447-39%78--$890$366,3541UTV Communications
3Cairo Time$48,479--55--$881$905,5765IFC
4The Tillman Story$43,081-14%2419$1,795$303,5603Weinstein Company
5What If...$39,877--69--$578$328,9563Five & Two Pictures
6Animal Kingdom$38,285--56--$684$574,7894Sony Pictures Classics
7Winter's Bone$31,403-24%90-29$349$5,640,00613Roadside Attractions
8Mesrine: Killer Instinct$28,923--34--$851$336,3762Music Box
9Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$25,793--31--$832$100,2421Music Box
10I Am Love$23,217--49--$474$4,696,29012Magnolia
11Under the Sea 3D$20,559-11%160$1,285$24,110,95482Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Flipped$19,0902%282$682$770,1365Warner Bros.
13Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$17,043--93--$183$90,702,01915Disney
14The Concert$14,170-16%200$709$453,4167Weinstein Company
15The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$10,638--18--$591$424,2395National Geographic
16Soul Kitchen$10,339--15--$689$121,7093IFC
18Lebanon$9,298--17--$547$201,42047Sony Pictures Classics
20The A-Team$7,977-75%54-38$148$77,187,33413Fox
21A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$7,703--5--$1,541$35,0331Sony Pictures Classics
22Restrepo$7,442--33--$226$1,180,39311National Geographic
23Peepli Live$6,708-42%26-19$258$754,8364UTV Communications
24The Extra Man$6,296--28--$225$375,7586Magnolia
25Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$6,032-36%18-3$335$491,2267NeoClassics
26The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$4,557--24--$190$10,019,20725Music Box
27Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$4,393--24--$183$1,624,06213Sony Pictures Classics
28A Film Unfinished$3,961--5--$792$123,6433Oscilloscope
29Micmacs$3,897--22--$177$1,209,64515Sony Classics
30Last Train Home$3,789--1--$3,789$24,2071Zeitgeist Films
31My Dog Tulip$3,168--1--$3,168$19,5901New Yorker Films
32Exit Through the Gift Shop$3,117--5--$623$3,218,64921Producers Distribution Agency
34Change of Plans$2,749--2--$1,375$36,0862IFC
35The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,652-24%6-1$442$147,0725Anchor Bay
36Cyrus$2,650-45%26-6$102$7,381,10812Fox Searchlight
37The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$2,635--12--$220$6,348,64121Sony Pictures Classics
38Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$2,526--16--$158$2,921,18113IFC
39La Soga$2,440-36%5-7$488$161,83247-57 Releasing
40Solitary Man$2,078-47%245$87$4,339,45616Anchor Bay
41The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,727--1--$1,727$104,93122International Film Circuit
42Princess Kaiulani$1,506737%32$502$876,30417Roadside Attractions
43Life During Wartime$1,439--8--$180$257,5387IFC
44Army of Crime$1,375--2--$688$26,1883Lorber
45Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,361--1--$1,361$673,72125Zeitgeist
46The People I've Slept With$1,229--21$615$17,6124People Pictures
47Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$1,186--9--$132$362,88611Sony Pictures Classics
48White Wedding (2009)$1,145-35%4--$286$7,0041Dada Films
49Date Night$1,114--11--$101$98,711,40422Fox
50Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,045--3--$348$365,53818Kino International
51Winnebago Man$932--7--$133$139,8019Kino International
52Mademoiselle Chambon$812--5--$162$314,33615Lorber
53Please Give$782--13--$60$4,021,68819Sony Pictures Classics
54Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$775--2--$388$51,42911Kino International
55The Nature of Existence$566--2--$283$47,31112Walking Shadows
56Spoken Word$476--2--$238$27,0987Variance
57Countdown to Zero$433--5--$87$253,8237Magnolia
59Two in the Wave$355--1--$355$28,17916Lorber Films
60John Rabe$301--1--$301$56,48616Strand
61The Little Traitor$300--1--$300$374,82339Westchester Films
62The Sicilian Girl$268--2--$134$23,9425Music Box
63Mother and Child$239--2--$120$1,100,50118Sony Pictures Classics
64Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$149--1--$149$23,294,160153National Geographic
65Everyone Else$102--1--$102$93,70264Cinema Guild
66Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$100--1--$100$67,76514Indican Pictures