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, Jan. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$1,873,21821%3,018--$621$23,068,3101Paramount
2The Green Hornet$1,199,49810%3,5840$335$65,311,7482Sony / Columbia
3The King's Speech$1,054,46666%1,680137$628$59,003,8129Weinstein Company
4True Grit (2010)$766,90141%3,4645$221$139,274,1785Paramount
5The Dilemma$691,60521%2,9433$235$34,011,7152Universal
6Black Swan$672,92037%2,40779$280$84,414,2648Fox Searchlight
7The Fighter$466,71846%2,275-139$205$73,467,6447Paramount
8Little Fockers$282,39512%2,979-415$95$141,647,3155Universal
9TRON: Legacy$250,373-1%2,018-421$124$163,710,7506Disney
10Season of the Witch$203,7769%2,307-520$88$22,580,7663Relativity Media
11Country Strong$196,95132%1,44117$137$17,190,8605Sony / Screen Gems
12Tangled$162,643-11%1,860-188$87$186,702,6729Disney
13Yogi Bear$162,439-19%2,510-192$65$89,013,0406Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$77,024-6%1,135-569$68$100,779,1777Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$51,702-22%1,100-566$47$40,139,3735Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$124,34314%678--$183$1,452,5261Newmarket Films
2Blue Valentine (2010)$118,14134%24212$488$4,666,1114Weinstein Company
3The Tourist$89,83137%875-545$103$66,049,2267Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$72,4213%725-216$100$291,483,20110Warner Bros.
5The Company Men$49,797-2%106--$470$791,4271Weinstein Company
6The Social Network$43,18229%38563$112$95,485,22117Sony / Columbia
7Megamind$30,501-13%320-21$95$146,406,30012Paramount / DreamWorks
8Rabbit Hole$24,97539%1011$247$1,310,9396Lionsgate
9Due Date$24,09812%275-66$88$100,494,06412Warner Bros.
10Unstoppable (2010)$20,00911%278-25$72$80,769,46211Fox
11The Heart Specialist$12,534-15%293-129$43$949,9642Freestyle
12Love and Other Drugs$11,85212%146-20$81$32,179,2089Fox
13Red (2010)$10,2719%153-53$67$90,258,61115Summit
14Faster (2010)$5,595-8%10629$53$23,093,3849CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$21,87512%8330$264$1,348,3505Focus
2Hubble 3D$21,79037%0-48--$20,876,87045Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$19,75657%69-7$286$11,329,14912Fox Searchlight
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$18,40657%78--$236$395,7201UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$9,52021%75-20$127$1,808,9828Roadside Attractions
6Fair Game (2010)$4,69015%72-7$65$9,385,46712Summit
7Life As We Know It$3,8259%86-46$44$53,366,28516Warner Bros.
8No One Killed Jessica$2,01777%28-17$72$431,8483UTV Communications
9Winter's Bone$1,481155%82$185$6,273,15133Roadside Attractions
10Biutiful$1,0462%4--$262$94,1664Roadside Attractions
11The Warrior's Way$692-16%29-48$24$5,658,3068Relativity Media
12Summer Wars$64050%6-3$107$64,3595GKIDS