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. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sucker Punch$1,404,034-68%3,033--$463$20,462,2331Warner Bros.
2Limitless$1,275,724-68%2,80549$455$42,386,9552Relativity Media
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$1,259,378-80%3,167--$398$25,010,8801Fox
4The Lincoln Lawyer$945,076-68%2,7070$349$29,662,6242Lionsgate
5Rango$745,597-75%3,645-198$205$107,081,5844Paramount
6Paul$673,440-69%2,8064$240$25,634,4102Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$633,611-70%3,118-299$203$73,195,7213Sony / Columbia
8The Adjustment Bureau$353,710-66%2,282-378$155$55,270,5754Universal
9Red Riding Hood$345,290-66%2,715-315$127$32,770,0593Warner Bros.
10Mars Needs Moms$203,659-72%2,170-947$94$19,428,3003Disney
11Hall Pass$169,430-60%1,204-701$141$42,492,9105Warner Bros. / New Line
12Beastly$159,550-68%1,585-225$101$25,455,7684CBS Films
13The King's Speech$148,077-63%1,062-187$139$134,999,30618Weinstein Company
14Gnomeo and Juliet$141,253-71%1,364-384$104$96,013,7907Disney
15Just Go With It$132,227-62%1,116-592$118$100,383,3237Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$63,796-59%688-713$93$62,303,3616Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$43,552-65%512-443$85$53,532,2756Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$37,090-65%342-120$108$6,159,5057Fox Searchlight
4Yogi Bear$29,172-71%326-112$89$99,899,69715Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$27,511-74%406-144$68$36,987,1926Fox
6Black Swan$21,131-58%20716$102$106,599,55517Fox Searchlight
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$18,330-71%289-191$63$72,575,2937Paramount
8True Grit (2010)$15,756-65%205-63$77$170,074,41514Paramount
9No Strings Attached$15,031-59%213-19$71$70,492,80810Paramount
10The Fighter$11,099-61%179-137$62$93,582,90216Paramount
11The Rite$7,310-69%155-47$47$32,989,7219Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$5,642-64%1001$56$29,080,3109CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$86,836-70%9064$965$1,972,3623Focus
2Win Win$31,617-77%2318$1,375$703,9532Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$28,841-37%42-7$687$23,151,56554Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$17,169-61%4120$419$555,3653Anchor Bay Films
5Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$8,065-54%85-9$95$294,923,27919Warner Bros.
6Biutiful$7,501-67%0-88--$4,832,40213Roadside Attractions
7Miral$6,375-69%4--$1,594$72,6191Weinstein Company
8The Company Men$5,982-50%48-10$125$4,277,26010Weinstein Company
9The Eagle$5,434-57%975$56$19,440,0307Focus
10Take Me Home Tonight$4,828-60%89-192$54$6,821,9094Relativity Media
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,366-71%72-10$61$104,303,78716Fox
12From Prada to Nada$4,039-71%9164$44$3,020,2839Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Blue Valentine (2010)$3,945-59%441$90$9,633,20013Weinstein Company
14Drive Angry$3,917-47%72-23$54$10,562,1425Summit
15The Music Never Stopped$3,438-75%331$104$153,9532Roadside Attractions
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,746-56%34-9$81$42,734,86514Fox
17happythankyoumoreplease$1,910-68%164$119$171,1784Anchor Bay Films
18I Love You Phillip Morris$1,302-59%9-2$145$2,015,17217Roadside Attractions
19Rabbit Hole$1,230-60%290$42$2,205,21015Lionsgate
20Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$204-44%2-3$102$85,4267Phase 4 Films