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 Tue, Nov. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable (2010)$1,852,74121%3,207--$578$26,073,2641Fox
2Megamind$1,350,05222%3,9495$342$91,279,2152Paramount / DreamWorks
3Due Date$1,342,23719%3,36510$399$61,366,9102Warner Bros.
4Morning Glory (2010)$871,93236%2,518--$346$13,322,8721Paramount
5Skyline$762,8456%2,880--$265$13,175,1251Universal / Rogue
6Red (2010)$415,19527%2,878-351$144$80,418,3855Summit
7For Colored Girls$407,0910%2,1270$191$31,502,1482Lionsgate
8Saw 3D$265,36822%1,976-832$134$44,062,3403Lionsgate
9Jackass 3D$205,02316%1,607-558$128$115,025,1045Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$204,29114%2,403-765$85$82,313,4644Paramount
11Secretariat$177,52917%2,019-595$88$55,076,3416Disney
12The Social Network$141,65229%1,088-772$130$88,059,2637Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$129,39127%1,691-674$77$31,679,7295Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$100,12338%1,239-711$81$50,927,1806Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$94,78120%175129$542$2,093,6792Summit
2Conviction$74,65651%493-179$151$6,146,9705Fox Searchlight
3The Town$40,83025%375-426$109$90,700,0509Warner Bros.
4Waiting for 'Superman'$27,77916%204-38$136$5,943,7078Paramount Vantage
5Despicable Me$24,57020%273-34$90$248,860,45519Universal
6Inception$21,08111%262-29$80$291,872,74718Warner Bros.
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$18,63232%249-104$75$52,180,5258Fox
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$8,16429%240-500$34$54,377,0078Warner Bros.
9Nowhere Boy$7,85726%111-64$71$1,345,0556Weinstein Company
10Let Me In$6,6773%14348$47$12,080,5837Relativity / Overture
11Alpha and Omega$4,98118%123-165$40$24,598,9969Lionsgate
12Devil$4,8100%120-164$40$33,592,7809Universal
13Case 39$3,3751%106-51$32$13,255,2067Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$48,70125%2218$2,214$899,3282Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$27,77124%56-4$496$18,128,46535Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$10,42721%87-22$120$1,659,5766Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$6,19519%140$443$24,807,00592Warner Bros. / IMAX
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$4,66011%67-134$70$6,318,7486Focus
6Cool It$4,29626%41--$105$34,5421Roadside Attractions
7Never Let Me Go$2,95937%32-19$92$2,336,4739Fox Searchlight
8Catfish$2,375-17%25-30$95$3,206,4639Universal / Rogue
9Jack Goes Boating$1,09752%343$32$514,0039Relativity / Overture
10Wild Target$928-16%50$186$56,8543Freestyle
11Winter's Bone$92747%100$93$6,223,92223Roadside Attractions
12The Tillman Story$787-22%21-3$37$784,39413Weinstein Company
13N-Secure$654-12%20-85$33$2,594,2065Freestyle
14Avatar$47934%6-3$80$760,505,68348Fox
15The Concert$34089%3-1$113$657,71417Weinstein Company
16Piranha 3D$74-18%82$9$25,003,03613Weinstein Company
17I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$17-78%1-1$17$92,4966Anchor Bay