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, Apr. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$2,272,665-78%3,579--$635$39,816,3751Universal
2Source Code$1,097,444-70%2,961--$371$15,909,5381Summit
3Insidious$1,040,161-66%2,408--$432$14,311,6251FilmDistrict
4Limitless$712,163-69%2,83833$251$56,221,8033Relativity Media
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$605,662-78%3,1692$191$38,801,8302Fox
6Sucker Punch$524,376-67%3,0330$173$30,335,4942Warner Bros.
7The Lincoln Lawyer$500,275-72%2,7070$185$39,916,3413Lionsgate
8Paul$356,835-69%2,550-256$140$32,201,2803Universal
9Rango$353,544-72%3,134-511$113$114,082,4185Paramount
10Battle: Los Angeles$295,570-69%2,263-855$131$78,798,1364Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$160,125-67%1,525-757$105$58,690,7205Universal
12Red Riding Hood$137,399-66%1,788-927$77$35,729,7404Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$93,754-66%1,007-55$93$136,680,05919Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$109,369-69%18090$608$3,588,8824Focus
2Win Win$69,176-77%149126$464$2,017,1203Fox Searchlight
3Hall Pass$64,775-63%703-501$92$43,819,7466Warner Bros. / New Line
4Beastly$58,761-68%821-764$72$26,845,1705CBS Films
5Gnomeo and Juliet$49,943-59%735-629$68$96,916,0198Disney
6Just Go With It$49,242-64%597-519$82$101,474,5628Sony / Columbia
7Mars Needs Moms$39,685-62%701-1469$57$20,410,2954Disney
8True Grit (2010)$26,745-63%324119$83$170,448,98415Paramount
9Unknown (2011)$20,202-62%325-363$62$62,744,0057Warner Bros.
10I Am Number Four$19,569-62%270-242$72$53,887,6037Disney / DreamWorks
11Yogi Bear$17,510-68%265-61$66$100,186,57816Warner Bros.
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$17,194-66%250-156$69$37,288,7417Fox
13Cedar Rapids$15,410-72%210-132$73$6,503,6068Fox Searchlight
14Black Swan$12,381-55%162-45$76$106,786,97818Fox Searchlight
15No Strings Attached$7,369-65%145-68$51$70,633,35511Paramount
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,340-72%113-176$38$72,690,9198Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$35,503-14%0-42--$23,426,89855Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Kill the Irishman$10,844-65%5615$194$720,7084Anchor Bay Films
3The Last Godfather$9,685-71%58--$167$111,4641Roadside Attractions
4Miral$6,610-70%1511$441$169,7712Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$5,664-56%58--$98$4,909,97714Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$5,098-53%66-19$77$294,985,53220Warner Bros.
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$3,352-64%60-12$56$104,353,71517Fox
8Blue Valentine (2010)$2,761-52%39-5$71$9,670,54214Weinstein Company
9The Eagle$2,673-57%57-40$47$19,481,0578Focus
10The Music Never Stopped$2,606-69%28-5$93$199,7073Roadside Attractions
11The Rite$2,410-68%72-83$33$33,040,16410Warner Bros. / New Line
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,150-63%26-8$83$42,758,73815Fox
13Take Me Home Tonight$2,091-51%52-37$40$6,854,0285Relativity Media
14The Company Men$1,981-76%45-3$44$4,325,22011Weinstein Company
15The Mechanic$1,702-62%43-57$40$29,115,29010CBS Films
16Rabbit Hole$1,481-51%6132$24$2,223,29016Lionsgate
17Drive Angry$1,392-63%22-50$63$10,592,1406Summit
18I Love You Phillip Morris$1,059-51%123$88$2,028,46018Roadside Attractions
19happythankyoumoreplease$996-76%12-4$83$194,1805Anchor Bay Films