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 Mon, Mar. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$1,902,117-61%2,756--$690$20,809,4191Relativity Media
2Battle: Los Angeles$1,214,972-69%3,4170$356$61,755,1072Sony / Columbia
3The Lincoln Lawyer$1,200,983-66%2,707--$444$14,407,4361Lionsgate
4Rango$1,110,573-75%3,843-80$289$93,449,2643Paramount
5Paul$1,078,770-69%2,802--$385$14,122,0801Universal
6Red Riding Hood$548,375-67%3,0300$181$26,443,8892Warner Bros.
7The Adjustment Bureau$492,100-64%2,660-187$185$49,111,6503Universal
8Mars Needs Moms$382,365-75%3,1170$123$15,782,7992Disney
9Hall Pass$266,483-58%1,905-650$140$39,824,4234Warner Bros. / New Line
10Beastly$227,211-68%1,810-149$126$22,411,1543CBS Films
11The King's Speech$198,465-62%1,249-519$159$132,674,84617Weinstein Company
12Gnomeo and Juliet$193,495-71%1,748-837$111$93,780,7856Disney
13Just Go With It$184,317-62%1,708-690$108$98,148,6416Sony / Columbia
14Unknown (2011)$118,403-61%1,401-802$85$61,213,3065Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Number Four$89,355-61%955-1050$94$52,706,2045Disney / DreamWorks
2Cedar Rapids$56,901-60%46268$123$5,532,2176Fox Searchlight
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$37,725-76%550-381$69$36,445,4035Fox
4Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$35,807-72%480-767$75$72,245,1706Paramount
5Yogi Bear$32,384-76%43834$74$99,447,71114Warner Bros.
6True Grit (2010)$23,114-60%268-133$86$169,803,72213Paramount
7The Fighter$22,011-59%316-147$70$93,389,58615Paramount
8Black Swan$21,396-53%191-146$112$106,325,05316Fox Searchlight
9No Strings Attached$19,500-53%232-22$84$70,277,2679Paramount
10Take Me Home Tonight$17,640-52%281-1722$63$6,722,4903Relativity Media
11The Rite$11,934-63%202117$59$32,870,1248Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$46,752-67%2622$1,798$766,2662Focus
2Hubble 3D$27,812-28%490$568$22,865,08853Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$14,320-69%5--$2,864$164,6821Fox Searchlight
4Kill the Irishman$12,420-66%2116$591$345,0582Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$10,228-62%88-26$116$4,711,47512Roadside Attractions
6I Love You Phillip Morris$10,228154%11-1$930$1,963,90916Roadside Attractions
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$7,969-59%94-28$85$294,833,31918Warner Bros.
8The Mechanic$7,463-58%9957$75$29,005,8258CBS Films
9The Music Never Stopped$5,895-71%32--$184$82,4381Roadside Attractions
10The Eagle$5,385-56%92-7$59$19,370,9376Focus
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$5,245-62%82-41$64$104,230,55915Fox
12Blue Valentine (2010)$4,696-55%43-17$109$9,581,25712Weinstein Company
13The Company Men$3,968-58%58-5$68$4,214,8209Weinstein Company
14Drive Angry$3,816-63%95-456$40$10,514,6624Summit
15happythankyoumoreplease$2,742-55%12-7$229$140,3033Anchor Bay Films
16127 Hours$2,296-48%32-47$72$18,285,19420Fox Searchlight
17Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,266-54%43-56$53$42,707,50113Fox
18Rabbit Hole$1,977-36%29-9$68$2,187,18314Lionsgate
19Nostalgia for the Light$1,585-40%1--$1,585$12,2661Icarus Films
20Season of the Witch$1,206-68%31-23$39$24,824,48911Relativity Media
21From Prada to Nada$902-61%27-6$33$2,972,3118Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$665-48%51$133$81,8776Phase 4 Films