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 Mon, Oct. 11 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$2,188,088-49%2,7710$790$48,209,2492Sony / Columbia
2Secretariat$1,881,508-47%3,072--$612$14,576,2781Disney
3Life As We Know It$1,705,359-53%3,150--$541$16,211,8231Warner Bros.
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,270,908-41%3,225-350$394$40,544,8923Warner Bros.
5The Town$950,361-49%2,720-215$349$74,797,8884Warner Bros.
6My Soul to Take$655,410-59%2,572--$255$7,497,6301Universal / Rogue
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$605,291-50%2,829-768$214$44,249,9923Fox
8Easy A$562,740-51%2,847-127$198$48,790,9414Sony / Screen Gems
9Alpha and Omega$410,563-19%1,616-687$254$21,428,6274Lionsgate
10You Again$363,893-46%2,332-216$156$21,133,8883Disney
11Let Me In$354,968-49%2,04221$174$9,526,3872Relativity / Overture
12Case 39$350,229-54%2,2121$158$10,000,2342Paramount Vantage
13Devil$209,090-55%1,442-950$145$30,255,6204Universal
14Resident Evil: Afterlife$173,595-53%1,012-895$172$59,040,4415Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$264,214-51%742--$356$2,277,6201Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$120,262-27%10369$1,168$1,537,5183Paramount Vantage
3Inception$76,479-42%403-222$190$289,260,08613Warner Bros.
4Despicable Me$67,070-34%353-110$190$246,624,52514Universal
5Catfish$64,079-44%1437$448$2,300,1894Universal / Rogue
6Never Let Me Go$57,062-44%167124$342$1,206,7664Fox Searchlight
7Takers$50,128-50%412-361$122$56,823,3317Sony / Screen Gems
8Nanny McPhee Returns$30,210-27%318-163$95$28,755,6608Universal
9The Expendables$17,626-49%225-185$78$102,752,5199Lionsgate
10Lottery Ticket$16,712-58%194-108$86$24,469,3738Warner Bros.
11Dinner for Schmucks$13,147-50%159-102$83$72,993,25511Paramount / DreamWorks
12The American$12,827-45%174-200$74$35,388,5956Focus
13Machete$12,353-61%167-147$74$26,402,2206Fox
14Ramona and Beezus$10,882-21%106-55$103$26,049,93012Fox
15Vampires Suck$10,439-65%190-71$55$36,525,6278Fox
16Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$9,876-39%119-69$83$43,526,05311Warner Bros.
17Going the Distance (2010)$9,750-49%19675$50$17,757,7776Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$44,420-21%602$740$16,494,20630Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Buried$42,503-30%9259$462$553,5413Lionsgate
3Under the Sea 3D$13,019-30%180$723$24,423,21887Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Stone$10,818-49%6--$1,803$86,5841Relativity / Overture
5Jack Goes Boating$8,349-48%9011$93$380,6544Relativity / Overture
6Nowhere Boy$6,418-62%4--$1,605$59,1671Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$5,632-39%83-58$68$300,482,41115Summit
8I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$5,195-41%12--$433$37,6351Anchor Bay
9Piranha 3D$3,916-61%54-41$73$24,954,2258Weinstein Company
10Last Train Home$3,456--12--$288$158,2506Zeitgeist Films
11The Tillman Story$3,390-32%24-3$141$670,2128Weinstein Company
12Winter's Bone$3,024-58%57-21$53$6,170,04518Roadside Attractions
13Avatar$2,638-40%14-5$188$760,310,23243Fox
14The Kids Are All Right$2,322-60%31-33$75$20,777,81614Focus
15The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,001--10--$200$547,88910National Geographic
16The Concert$763-67%10-11$76$632,71712Weinstein Company
17Flipped$652-65%18-17$36$1,752,86610Warner Bros.
18Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$522--2--$261$23,321,316158National Geographic
19The Disappearance of Alice Creed$40261%2-1$201$164,49510Anchor Bay