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 Sun, Sep. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,701,201-32%3,575--$1,315$16,112,2111Warner Bros.
2Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$4,466,052-41%3,565--$1,253$19,011,1881Fox
3The Town$3,952,872-41%2,88524$1,370$48,692,0722Warner Bros.
4Easy A$2,371,268-49%2,8560$830$32,714,2152Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$2,101,137-41%2,548--$825$8,407,5131Disney
6Devil$1,560,535-47%2,8112$555$21,859,4252Universal
7Alpha and Omega$1,491,417-31%2,6250$568$15,164,9442Lionsgate
8Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,420,801-34%2,642-567$538$52,073,5883Sony / Screen Gems
9Takers$367,924-52%1,413-726$260$54,885,1755Sony / Screen Gems
10The Other Guys$226,482-52%1,047-780$216$116,966,9818Sony / Columbia
11The American$219,585-46%1,315-1142$167$34,607,3814Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$301,069-47%907-398$332$287,053,29211Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$201,676-31%855-813$236$79,040,3087Sony / Columbia
3Machete$188,721-29%682-1022$277$25,733,6774Fox
4Despicable Me$170,810-36%610-329$280$245,514,66512Universal
5The Expendables$142,020-45%852-1002$167$102,070,0477Lionsgate
6Nanny McPhee Returns$115,050-37%765-813$150$28,226,2256Universal
7The Virginity Hit$80,559-32%700--$115$332,4633Sony / Columbia
8The Last Exorcism$73,501-55%707-1306$104$40,773,3015Lionsgate
9Dinner for Schmucks$69,222-38%32310$214$72,539,2009Paramount / DreamWorks
10Grown Ups$61,617-43%265-39$233$161,417,72614Sony / Columbia
11Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$59,386-33%267-93$222$43,274,6239Warner Bros.
12Going the Distance (2010)$56,461-47%475-1532$119$17,538,7204Warner Bros. / New Line
13Vampires Suck$49,095-53%415-549$118$36,171,1166Fox
14Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$39,610-42%233-150$170$31,356,4257Universal
15Salt$33,855-49%186-149$182$117,223,00310Sony / Columbia
16The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$33,411-39%224-115$149$300,298,74013Summit
17Ramona and Beezus$33,056-35%191-69$173$25,870,97810Fox
18The Kids Are All Right$22,293-42%107-62$208$20,654,03112Focus
19Flipped$14,019-62%106-269$132$1,704,6618Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$128,411-27%5745$2,253$811,2802Universal / Rogue
2Never Let Me Go$70,973-31%2622$2,730$438,5352Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$47,361-32%61-2$776$15,916,59328Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Waiting for 'Superman'$37,778-22%4--$9,445$139,0331Paramount Vantage
5Buried$26,786-27%11--$2,435$100,2681Lionsgate
6Jack Goes Boating$23,865-31%3733$645$120,5592Relativity / Overture
7Winter's Bone$16,424-32%79-22$208$6,049,87116Roadside Attractions
8The Tillman Story$12,156-33%27-1$450$587,5676Weinstein Company
9Under the Sea 3D$12,144-31%182$675$24,279,10285Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Bran Nue Dae$9,905-29%5538$180$88,8543Freestyle Releasing
11Avatar$8,243-46%29-100$284$760,237,55141Fox
12Piranha 3D$7,421-55%66-198$112$24,820,2716Weinstein Company
13The Concert$6,254-40%18-2$347$577,65610Weinstein Company
14We Are Family$5,322-50%24-54$222$631,2764UTV Communications
15Knight and Day$4,446-62%45-19$99$76,401,92314Fox
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,76460%10$2,764$19,9322Collective Eye
17Cyrus$2,576-19%14-5$184$7,437,01415Fox Searchlight
18The Romantics$1,645-40%6-8$274$103,2803Four of a Kind
19La Soga$658-23%2-2$329$210,62577-57 Releasing
20Solitary Man$380-62%6-1$63$4,357,53319Anchor Bay
21The Disappearance of Alice Creed$343-42%2-1$172$158,1268Anchor Bay
22Princess Kaiulani$25949%1-1$259$883,88720Roadside Attractions