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. 18 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass 3D$4,448,427-62%3,081--$1,444$54,802,0681Paramount
2Red (2010)$1,658,429-68%3,255--$510$23,419,8371Summit
3The Social Network$777,706-68%2,86897$271$63,214,0703Sony / Columbia
4Secretariat$731,302-71%3,0720$238$28,064,2432Disney
5Life As We Know It$636,180-69%3,1500$202$29,256,3272Warner Bros.
6The Town$344,091-63%2,368-352$145$80,854,7205Warner Bros.
7Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$257,218-80%2,502-723$103$46,251,9944Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$252,105-67%2,529-43$100$12,167,7002Universal / Rogue
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$190,439-66%2,045-784$93$48,085,3354Fox
10Easy A$169,341-71%2,314-533$73$52,486,8225Sony / Screen Gems
11Case 39$99,520-65%1,406-806$71$12,023,6353Paramount Vantage
12You Again$92,378-68%1,588-744$58$23,074,3784Disney
13Let Me In$81,465-60%1,211-831$67$11,128,1563Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$105,658-65%75715$140$4,110,8192Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$78,551-57%18279$432$2,601,6264Paramount Vantage
3N-Secure$70,887-69%486--$146$1,237,2931Freestyle
4Devil$57,605-72%891-551$65$31,635,0755Universal
5Alpha and Omega$55,700-80%969-647$57$22,623,3215Lionsgate
6Never Let Me Go$34,480-61%23265$149$1,694,8335Fox Searchlight
7Nowhere Boy$33,404-65%215211$155$445,6182Weinstein Company
8Resident Evil: Afterlife$32,153-66%438-574$73$59,763,9476Sony / Screen Gems
9Inception$30,580-60%297-106$103$289,782,52714Warner Bros.
10I Want Your Money$26,338-61%537--$49$275,7661Freestyle
11Despicable Me$24,745-73%332-21$75$247,075,74015Universal
12Catfish$23,200-59%116-27$200$2,652,5565Universal / Rogue
13The Expendables$20,289-62%30681$66$103,001,86010Lionsgate
14Buried$14,799-58%10311$144$779,8004Lionsgate
15The American$7,720-57%144-30$54$35,499,5927Focus
16Nanny McPhee Returns$6,245-78%205-113$30$28,899,4309Universal
17Lottery Ticket$6,223-72%138-56$45$24,590,3059Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 18 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$28,825-40%611$473$16,807,10731Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Stone$21,434-67%4135$523$364,5342Relativity / Overture
3Hereafter$20,233-69%6--$3,372$240,5551Warner Bros.
4Conviction$9,152-68%11--$832$111,5031Fox Searchlight
5Under the Sea 3D$7,415-37%16-2$463$24,504,18188Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Machete$5,285-62%96-71$55$26,483,0517Fox
7Jack Goes Boating$2,974-58%49-41$61$431,1085Relativity / Overture
8The Kids Are All Right$2,422-40%28-3$87$20,805,65915Focus
9I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$2,307-51%11-1$210$68,3262Anchor Bay
10Vampires Suck$2,297-79%87-103$26$36,590,8509Fox
11Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$2,193-80%77-42$28$43,577,90912Warner Bros.
12The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$2,126-65%49-34$43$300,525,23916Summit
13Avatar$2,038-60%10-4$204$760,341,04244Fox
14Ramona and Beezus$1,862-72%54-52$34$26,093,28813Fox
15The Tillman Story$1,504-54%17-7$88$692,1869Weinstein Company
16Going the Distance (2010)$1,301-68%58-138$22$17,798,6177Warner Bros. / New Line
17Winter's Bone$1,059-73%37-20$29$6,191,95219Roadside Attractions
18Piranha 3D$1,054-72%28-26$38$24,974,5329Weinstein Company
19The Concert$355-82%9-1$39$641,77913Weinstein Company
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$43-68%1-1$43$165,93611Anchor Bay