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, Dec. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,279,21912%4,1250$310$246,936,7013Warner Bros.
2Tangled$1,255,15520%3,6030$348$98,875,6212Disney
3Burlesque$712,50336%3,0370$235$28,221,2582Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$601,44837%2,4583$245$23,616,5482Fox
5Unstoppable (2010)$500,97930%3,152-31$159$69,648,4904Fox
6Faster (2010)$400,26122%2,47016$162$18,946,7162CBS Films
7Due Date$386,42222%2,450-105$158$91,585,9915Warner Bros.
8The Next Three Days$287,81538%2,236-328$129$18,798,5603Lionsgate
9Megamind$286,10917%3,173-238$90$137,142,6335Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Warrior's Way$259,9491%1,622--$160$3,565,7611Relativity Media
11Morning Glory (2010)$197,20241%2,263-178$87$29,348,5044Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$169,75619%433140$392$6,923,7325Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$96,11028%43640$220$7,477,8805Summit
3Red (2010)$76,42013%779-135$98$87,314,9268Summit
4Skyline$40,17517%578-611$70$21,029,9654Universal / Rogue
5The Social Network$37,06717%260-31$143$91,038,96910Sony / Columbia
6For Colored Girls$34,0935%485-120$70$37,318,4725Lionsgate
7The Town$23,11733%3180$73$91,776,01112Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$17,83618%322192$55$54,844,15811Warner Bros.
9Jackass 3D$15,38717%180-3$85$116,761,5638Paramount
10Despicable Me$15,26010%28014$55$250,033,16022Universal
11Conviction$10,85943%10721$101$6,682,2748Fox Searchlight
12Life As We Know It$7,95831%208-41$38$52,136,4249Warner Bros.
13Paranormal Activity 2$7,8045%200-79$39$84,272,7527Paramount
14Inception$7,42420%117-27$63$292,397,52721Warner Bros.
15The Nutcracker in 3D$5,64334%11570$49$169,3592Freestyle Releasing
16Hereafter$5,54838%114-88$49$32,447,6098Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$209,9740%18--$11,665$1,864,4911Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$28,8357%62$4,806$863,8302Weinstein Company
3Hubble 3D$24,41817%570$428$18,990,61038Warner Bros. / IMAX
4I Love You Phillip Morris$11,82729%7--$1,690$133,6981Roadside Attractions
5Waiting for 'Superman'$10,003146%8516$118$6,335,50211Paramount Vantage
6The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$7,927-27%15--$528$198,3015Warner Bros.
7Guzaarish$4,86187%58-38$84$996,9863UTV
8Under the Sea 3D$3,628-41%130$279$24,999,44895Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$3,09192%59-31$52$52,442,56311Fox
10Stone$2,73881%22-1$124$1,765,6879Relativity / Overture
11Nowhere Boy$2,402-51%23-17$104$1,452,6459Weinstein Company
12Wild Target$1,089-16%137$84$94,1256Freestyle
13The Tillman Story$425-59%141$30$801,45216Weinstein Company
14Cool It$3104%1514$21$60,5084Roadside Attractions
15Let Me In$15574%11-20$14$12,134,66410Relativity / Overture
16Jack Goes Boating$96-14%90$11$533,49812Relativity / Overture
17Winter's Bone$57-81%20$29$6,229,27326Roadside Attractions