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 Thu, Apr. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$2,004,2400%3,579--$560$46,456,3051Universal
2Source Code$1,105,7763%2,961--$373$19,568,6331Summit
3Insidious$960,8395%2,408--$399$17,356,5881FilmDistrict
4Limitless$751,1302%2,83833$265$58,688,2303Relativity Media
5The Lincoln Lawyer$592,7541%2,7070$219$41,854,8103Lionsgate
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$512,027-3%3,1692$162$40,577,2602Fox
7Sucker Punch$476,1630%3,0330$157$31,871,6542Warner Bros.
8Rango$365,2794%3,134-511$117$115,230,8935Paramount
9Paul$356,8954%2,550-256$140$33,335,9503Universal
10Battle: Los Angeles$286,6632%2,263-855$127$79,700,3774Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$175,66510%1,525-757$115$59,231,7005Universal
12Red Riding Hood$143,0619%1,788-927$80$36,167,3704Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$115,3044%1,007-55$115$137,035,71019Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$132,8922%18090$738$3,988,7604Focus
2Win Win$81,705-6%149126$548$2,284,6453Fox Searchlight
3Hall Pass$72,3129%703-501$103$44,034,9906Warner Bros. / New Line
4Beastly$67,6898%821-764$82$27,056,9435CBS Films
5Just Go With It$54,5867%597-519$91$101,651,9798Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$51,4524%735-629$70$97,075,8878Disney
7Mars Needs Moms$45,7018%701-1469$65$20,557,6784Disney
8True Grit (2010)$31,303-3%324119$97$170,551,31515Paramount
9Unknown (2011)$23,6755%325-363$73$62,821,5447Warner Bros.
10I Am Number Four$19,9482%270-242$74$53,949,3817Disney / DreamWorks
11Cedar Rapids$19,71610%210-132$94$6,563,4238Fox Searchlight
12Yogi Bear$19,54613%265-61$74$100,246,01116Warner Bros.
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$18,647-1%250-156$75$37,346,4717Fox
14Black Swan$14,6344%162-45$90$106,831,25718Fox Searchlight
15No Strings Attached$9,89114%145-68$68$70,662,22011Paramount
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$5,52419%113-176$49$72,707,4688Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$41,7800%0-42--$23,546,20355Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Kill the Irishman$10,274-10%5615$183$754,7264Anchor Bay Films
3The Last Godfather$7,209-7%58--$124$136,1801Roadside Attractions
4Miral$7,123-7%1511$475$192,0582Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$6,7614%58--$117$4,930,50414Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$4,95611%66-19$75$295,001,07020Warner Bros.
7The Music Never Stopped$4,44322%28-5$159$211,0773Roadside Attractions
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,39519%60-12$73$104,367,13317Fox
9Blue Valentine (2010)$3,328-17%39-5$85$9,681,79914Weinstein Company
10The Eagle$3,22227%57-40$57$19,490,0418Focus
11The Company Men$2,854-7%45-3$63$4,335,28211Weinstein Company
12Take Me Home Tonight$2,57519%52-37$50$6,861,1625Relativity Media
13The Rite$2,5127%72-83$35$33,047,63310Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Mechanic$2,1126%43-57$49$29,121,49810CBS Films
15Rabbit Hole$1,8685%6132$31$2,229,05816Lionsgate
16happythankyoumoreplease$1,6031%12-4$134$199,2715Anchor Bay Films
17Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,499-20%26-8$58$42,763,87915Fox
18Drive Angry$1,3641%22-50$62$10,596,5436Summit
19I Love You Phillip Morris$387-62%123$32$2,030,89418Roadside Attractions