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 Wed, Apr. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$903,335-14%3,61637$250$70,610,5202Universal
2Hanna$803,043-25%2,535--$317$15,216,9801Focus
3Arthur (2011)$707,055-28%3,276--$216$14,719,8591Warner Bros.
4Your Highness$580,665-28%2,769--$210$11,490,5401Universal
5Source Code$570,323-21%2,761-200$207$30,088,0902Summit
6Insidious$543,330-21%2,41911$225$28,565,2112FilmDistrict
7Soul Surfer$471,604-17%2,214--$213$12,117,4451Sony / TriStar
8Limitless$425,214-18%2,655-183$160$65,496,8554Relativity Media
9The Lincoln Lawyer$346,873-17%2,420-287$143$47,215,3674Lionsgate
10Sucker Punch$169,474-10%1,755-1278$97$34,513,6303Warner Bros.
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$162,063-22%2,881-288$56$45,877,8623Fox
12Rango$130,507-5%2,007-1127$65$117,927,6246Paramount
13Paul$124,985-17%1,667-883$75$35,486,4354Universal
14Battle: Los Angeles$108,526-11%1,408-855$77$81,572,1875Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$120,161-1%24767$486$5,490,7345Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$94,9352%206--$461$1,124,3801Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$85,601-4%22677$379$3,680,6794Fox Searchlight
4The Adjustment Bureau$66,555-6%783-742$85$60,308,0606Universal
5The King's Speech$49,456-6%675-332$73$137,684,28020Weinstein Company
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$37,374-7%226--$165$707,1531Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Red Riding Hood$34,455-4%777-1011$44$36,780,8975Warner Bros.
8Unknown (2011)$26,129-18%36540$72$63,180,9998Warner Bros.
9Hall Pass$20,857-16%366-337$57$44,370,8527Warner Bros. / New Line
10Just Go With It$19,818-24%320-277$62$101,981,3079Sony / Columbia
11Beastly$17,464-28%339-482$52$27,385,7606CBS Films
12True Grit (2010)$16,853-13%263-61$64$170,813,52716Paramount
13Cedar Rapids$8,82711%118-92$75$6,684,2109Fox Searchlight
14Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$7,264-12%184-66$39$37,521,7538Fox
15Black Swan$6,584-15%103-59$64$106,902,56019Fox Searchlight
16Drive Angry$5,624-25%126104$45$10,675,2127Summit
17Take Me Home Tonight$4,382-15%10250$43$6,912,8246Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$23,978-11%31--$773$23,709,53856Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$14,311-36%92--$156$296,5651UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$8,9310%52-4$172$868,5935Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$6,1259%2914$211$264,5903Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$6,0601%38-20$159$4,984,65115Roadside Attractions
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$2,759-20%69-44$40$72,751,6739Paramount
7The Company Men$2,694-20%32-13$84$4,365,77112Weinstein Company
8Blue Valentine (2010)$2,388104%19-20$126$9,695,23615Weinstein Company
9The Last Godfather$1,636-9%20-38$82$161,1242Roadside Attractions
10happythankyoumoreplease$81829%9-3$91$208,1656Anchor Bay Films
11The Music Never Stopped$716-1%14-14$51$220,6224Roadside Attractions
12I Love You Phillip Morris$55718%7-5$80$2,037,18619Roadside Attractions
13Meet Monica Velour$399-74%2--$200$9,8271Anchor Bay Films
14Winter's Bone$12100%2--$6$6,531,31144Roadside Attractions