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, Jan. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$2,031,9625%3,0830$659$95,430,0222Paramount
2Little Fockers$1,546,985-5%3,5540$435$110,200,5152Universal
3TRON: Legacy$1,338,050-3%3,365-86$398$138,122,4183Disney
4Black Swan$1,253,3122%1,55353$807$53,105,4935Fox Searchlight
5The Fighter$1,002,4941%2,53423$396$50,844,4424Paramount
6The Tourist$609,0512%2,7560$221$57,391,3704Sony / Columbia
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$557,996-1%2,948-6$189$89,930,7934Fox
8Tangled$486,309-5%2,5820$188$170,668,3986Disney
9Yogi Bear$481,150-11%3,5150$137$68,795,5213Warner Bros.
10How Do You Know$424,3120%2,4830$171$26,956,7883Sony / Columbia
11Gulliver's Travels (2010)$413,613-5%3,08996$134$29,859,5902Fox
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$340,476-6%1,7320$197$285,308,3727Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$868,3934%7000$1,241$26,482,2586Weinstein Company
2Burlesque$56,467-1%3300$171$37,983,5986Sony / Screen Gems
3Unstoppable (2010)$49,3915%45057$110$79,680,4638Fox
4The Social Network$46,293-3%2490$186$93,424,26114Sony / Columbia
5Due Date$42,5524%4040$105$99,397,2289Warner Bros.
6127 Hours$40,3153%1030$391$10,607,6359Fox Searchlight
7Megamind$34,250-8%7640$45$144,399,5129Paramount / DreamWorks
8Red (2010)$31,8815%303-27$105$89,642,94512Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$28,5762%17531$163$31,393,1446Fox
10Life As We Know It$21,424-3%2480$86$52,981,44213Warner Bros.
11Fair Game (2010)$12,27913%109-52$113$9,169,0659Summit
12Despicable Me$10,835-15%1974$55$251,266,26526Universal
13Jackass 3D$9,380-3%1370$68$117,151,27012Paramount
14Morning Glory (2010)$7,6639%1260$61$30,787,9638Paramount
15Faster (2010)$7,5965%119-4$64$22,889,6016CBS Films
16Paranormal Activity 2$6,363-2%1450$44$84,689,02411Paramount
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$5,087-15%1580$32$55,582,39415Warner Bros.
18Hereafter$4,87833%1280$38$32,728,81712Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$35,510-5%40$8,878$440,2451Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$27,326-3%470$581$20,269,07542Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$21,6671%68-1$319$1,218,2045Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$18,428-6%340$542$518,0373Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$16,026-7%80$2,003$500,6712Focus
6The Next Three Days$4,5564%81-30$56$21,148,6517Lionsgate
7Country Strong$4,12110%20$2,061$137,2892Sony / Screen Gems
8Under the Sea 3D$3,995-24%120$333$25,299,28599Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Town$3,0977%620$50$92,186,26216Warner Bros.
10Inception$1,694-6%280$61$292,576,19525Warner Bros.
11The Tempest$1,541-10%6-6$257$237,2544Disney
12The Warrior's Way$1,259-2%384$33$5,575,3245Relativity Media
13For Colored Girls$935-2%28-11$33$37,681,1529Lionsgate
14Winter's Bone$498-35%2-3$249$6,249,62330Roadside Attractions
15Summer Wars$48159%20$241$19,4842GKIDS