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 Sat, Jan. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rite$6,010,28013%2,985--$2,013$11,306,4811Warner Bros. / New Line
2No Strings Attached$5,758,62732%3,0224$1,906$36,219,9412Paramount
3The Green Hornet$5,290,94383%3,524-60$1,501$75,486,5033Sony / Columbia
4The King's Speech$4,972,14473%2,557877$1,945$68,958,47910Weinstein Company
5The Mechanic$4,693,12130%2,703--$1,736$8,305,7381CBS Films
6True Grit (2010)$3,517,76180%3,120-344$1,127$146,262,2066Paramount
7The Dilemma$2,658,22556%2,905-38$915$39,516,7853Universal
8Black Swan$2,285,44062%2,315-92$987$89,300,5999Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$1,885,76587%1,914-361$985$77,214,5298Paramount
10Yogi Bear$1,535,950162%2,133-377$720$91,463,9187Warner Bros.
11Little Fockers$1,261,36581%2,051-928$615$144,112,2456Universal
12Tangled$1,213,517141%1,589-271$764$188,766,53610Disney
13TRON: Legacy$1,201,91797%1,505-513$799$166,015,6147Disney
14Country Strong$585,68357%1,287-154$455$18,489,3876Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$359,96075%1,110-1197$324$23,498,1254Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$901,43750%916847$984$12,874,67513Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$504,33149%415173$1,215$5,720,4795Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$437,70241%256--$1,710$749,0041Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$419,883111%732-403$574$101,548,7528Fox
5Gulliver's Travels (2010)$345,765126%653-447$530$40,745,6686Fox
6The Company Men$313,94685%211105$1,488$1,365,4692Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$282,448106%465-260$607$292,042,35811Warner Bros.
8Megamind$236,562117%300-20$789$146,813,77013Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Way Back$229,67056%595-83$386$2,027,9232Newmarket Films
10The Social Network$211,04783%367-18$575$95,902,58918Sony / Columbia
11The Tourist$171,09857%428-447$400$66,477,7618Sony / Columbia
12Unstoppable (2010)$96,34166%250-28$385$80,962,83912Fox
13Rabbit Hole$74,42362%12423$600$1,482,2837Lionsgate
14Burlesque$63,28646%238-58$266$39,247,68310Sony / Screen Gems
15The Heart Specialist$45,843112%119-174$385$1,043,0343Freestyle
16Red (2010)$36,83956%119-34$310$90,338,84616Summit
17Faster (2010)$29,97171%1148$263$23,151,76610CBS Films
18Love and Other Drugs$29,11437%117-29$249$32,252,97310Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$184,19752%5955$3,122$467,4535Roadside Attractions
2Somewhere (2010)$49,17772%60-23$820$1,465,3986Focus
3Hubble 3D$47,62452%43-6$1,108$21,004,17546Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$46,29669%75-3$617$493,1612UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$18,80248%49-26$384$1,869,0799Roadside Attractions
6Winter's Bone$15,172193%2721$562$6,298,64534Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$6,81551%40-32$170$9,407,24113Summit
8Summer Wars$2,63935%3-3$880$70,8726GKIDS
9No One Killed Jessica$2,186106%8-20$273$438,5704UTV Communications
10The Warrior's Way$1,84193%28-1$66$5,662,7009Relativity Media