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, Oct. 14 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$1,300,6756%2,7710$469$52,118,9692Sony / Columbia
2Secretariat$1,172,04011%3,072--$382$18,014,0551Disney
3Life As We Know It$1,133,4395%3,150--$360$19,664,7381Warner Bros.
4The Town$577,1605%2,720-215$212$76,533,6234Warner Bros.
5Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$429,04517%3,225-350$133$41,766,5403Warner Bros.
6Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$420,3475%2,829-768$149$45,531,7303Fox
7My Soul to Take$373,225-3%2,572--$145$8,745,2851Universal / Rogue
8Easy A$308,84212%2,847-127$108$49,684,0254Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$234,8224%2,2121$106$10,717,2982Paramount Vantage
10You Again$222,86816%2,332-216$96$21,766,0133Disney
11Let Me In$219,5460%2,04221$108$10,216,0152Relativity / Overture
12Devil$115,3607%1,442-950$80$30,601,4654Universal
13Resident Evil: Afterlife$115,2124%1,012-895$114$59,384,5305Sony / Screen Gems
14Alpha and Omega$112,32819%1,616-687$70$21,744,5364Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$162,352-2%742--$219$2,781,7061Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$95,15721%10369$924$1,780,3503Paramount Vantage
3Inception$53,54521%403-222$133$289,403,62113Warner Bros.
4Never Let Me Go$41,2333%167124$247$1,333,2704Fox Searchlight
5Catfish$37,982-8%1437$266$2,418,8164Universal / Rogue
6Despicable Me$33,53546%353-110$95$246,705,71514Universal
7Takers$28,63213%412-361$69$56,906,6067Sony / Screen Gems
8Nanny McPhee Returns$14,31050%318-163$45$28,790,7658Universal
9The Expendables$13,79015%225-185$61$102,791,1959Lionsgate
10Dinner for Schmucks$11,80615%159-102$74$73,026,33711Paramount / DreamWorks
11The American$10,8459%174-200$62$35,419,9136Focus
12Machete$9,8523%167-147$59$26,431,5256Fox
13Lottery Ticket$8,9053%194-108$46$24,495,7218Warner Bros.
14Going the Distance (2010)$8,1023%19675$41$17,783,1396Warner Bros. / New Line
15Vampires Suck$6,98011%190-71$37$36,545,9548Fox
16Ramona and Beezus$6,24555%106-55$59$26,064,05212Fox
17Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$4,61613%119-69$39$43,539,29211Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$41,63817%602$694$16,603,08730Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Buried$24,604-6%9259$267$634,7513Lionsgate
3Under the Sea 3D$10,59910%180$589$24,450,64587Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Stone$8,3431%6--$1,391$113,1411Relativity / Overture
5Jack Goes Boating$7,77626%9011$86$401,7074Relativity / Overture
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$4,90632%83-58$59$300,494,75315Summit
7Avatar$4,84028%14-5$346$760,323,22243Fox
8I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$4,06413%12--$339$48,8081Anchor Bay
9The Kids Are All Right$4,05825%31-33$131$20,787,62914Focus
10Nowhere Boy$3,670-11%4--$918$71,3631Weinstein Company
11The Tillman Story$3,16822%24-3$132$678,2968Weinstein Company
12Winter's Bone$2,519-41%57-22$44$6,179,60918Roadside Attractions
13Piranha 3D$2,5061%54-41$46$24,961,4028Weinstein Company
14Flipped$1,07682%18-17$60$1,755,21210Warner Bros.
15The Concert$863-30%10-11$86$635,75012Weinstein Company
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$217-6%2-1$109$165,25410Anchor Bay