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 Wed, Dec. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$7,142,775--3,536--$2,020$7,142,7750Universal
2TRON: Legacy$5,630,623-11%3,451--$1,632$62,082,8251Disney
3True Grit (2010)$5,539,010--3,047--$1,818$5,539,0100Paramount
4Yogi Bear$2,907,171-1%3,515--$827$24,695,3121Warner Bros.
5The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,516,171-5%3,532-23$712$50,153,5712Fox
6Tangled$2,255,536-8%2,582-983$874$134,624,9114Disney
7Black Swan$1,763,49511%1,4561366$1,211$20,645,6723Fox Searchlight
8The Fighter$1,396,450-27%2,5032499$558$17,488,7072Paramount
9The Tourist$1,011,771-31%2,7560$367$34,313,2722Sony / Columbia
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$903,132-20%1,840-1737$491$268,711,9165Warner Bros.
11How Do You Know$856,190-28%2,483--$345$10,600,1861Sony / Columbia
12Megamind$139,439-34%1,025-1400$136$142,164,9867Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Burlesque$115,957-66%501-2375$231$36,287,7554Sony / Screen Gems
2Tees Maar Khan$89,477--108--$828$89,4770UTV Communications
3Unstoppable (2010)$88,389-73%578-2389$153$78,078,1156Fox
4Due Date$63,043-75%424-1566$149$97,867,1047Warner Bros.
5Red (2010)$61,498-15%439-125$140$88,623,08810Summit
6127 Hours$58,475-51%170-246$344$9,608,7397Fox Searchlight
7Love and Other Drugs$57,960-74%244-1996$238$30,686,6254Fox
8The Social Network$51,561-4%25831$200$91,995,53012Sony / Columbia
9Despicable Me$50,095-7%233-22$215$250,638,10024Universal
10Fair Game (2010)$26,239-27%268-168$98$8,742,9657Summit
11Life As We Know It$25,855210%248128$104$52,317,51211Warner Bros.
12Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$23,372-29%180-108$130$55,275,73313Warner Bros.
13Faster (2010)$16,057-77%167-1939$96$22,650,5864CBS Films
14Morning Glory (2010)$14,431-38%263-741$55$30,624,2316Paramount
15Paranormal Activity 2$13,405-25%17449$77$84,484,8829Paramount
16Jackass 3D$12,754178%13729$93$116,896,92210Paramount
17The Next Three Days$8,726-75%361-1065$24$21,020,0745Lionsgate
18Hereafter$7,572-47%15366$49$32,610,41510Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$263,66447%8768$3,031$3,544,7584Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$48,05526%47-10$1,022$19,479,03140Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$25,26117%172$1,486$542,2557Warner Bros.
4I Love You Phillip Morris$17,434-32%5015$349$586,8253Roadside Attractions
5Under the Sea 3D$12,60128%121$1,050$25,115,63197Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Tempest$8,331-36%138$641$152,7732Disney
7Country Strong$7,395--2--$3,698$7,3950Sony / Screen Gems
8The Town$5,504-52%87-168$63$92,101,49114Warner Bros.
9Rabbit Hole$5,353-26%5--$1,071$74,8481Lionsgate
10For Colored Girls$3,114-50%79-164$39$37,640,4607Lionsgate
11The Warrior's Way$2,985-83%34-1588$88$5,539,7503Relativity Media
12Inception$2,540-53%40-68$64$292,525,04123Warner Bros.
13Waiting for 'Superman'$1,114-51%33-22$34$6,415,44813Paramount Vantage
14Stone$595-80%267$23$1,801,95411Relativity / Overture
15Winter's Bone$296-54%41$74$6,239,09028Roadside Attractions