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, May. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$4,117,720-11%3,644--$1,130$107,333,9651Universal
2Water for Elephants$790,531-12%2,8203$280$36,013,6172Fox
3Rio (2011)$586,967-9%3,708-134$158$106,702,0683Fox
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$438,354-4%2,2880$192$42,906,3322Lionsgate
5African Cats$345,20322%1,2244$282$11,829,7212Disneynature
6Hanna$197,049-5%1,569-815$126$36,798,0984Focus
7Source Code$191,106-5%1,645-718$116$49,700,1485Summit
8Soul Surfer$178,496-1%2,010-230$89$34,579,1214Sony / TriStar
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$161,524-9%2,505--$64$4,833,6141Weinstein Company
10Insidious$151,146-6%1,584-546$95$48,980,2555FilmDistrict
11Scream 4$151,123-12%2,221-1093$68$36,219,0903Weinstein Company
12Prom$141,445-10%2,730--$52$5,375,4451Disney
13HOP$109,575-1%3,176-440$35$105,862,1855Universal
14Arthur (2011)$76,487-13%1,251-1519$61$32,026,9244Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$99,938-9%695-154$144$9,174,6533Roadside Attractions
2Limitless$95,877-10%838-525$114$76,519,7597Relativity Media
3Jane Eyre (2011)$70,1450%294-25$239$9,006,6118Focus
4The Lincoln Lawyer$68,202-2%719-501$95$55,082,2087Lionsgate
5Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$58,692-10%875--$67$1,011,5001Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
6Win Win$48,929-15%302-86$162$7,822,5317Fox Searchlight
7Your Highness$30,150-12%402-1208$75$21,242,7704Universal
8The Adjustment Bureau$23,5456%27714$85$61,775,6809Universal
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$17,09618%503-425$34$51,069,3556Fox
10Paul$15,680-7%224-21$70$37,012,4257Universal
11The King's Speech$13,7639%185-49$74$138,589,92723Weinstein Company
12Rango$13,201-12%277-280$48$119,991,8599Paramount
13Red Riding Hood$10,181-7%209-99$49$37,440,0188Warner Bros.
14Beastly$8,72010%126-11$69$27,771,0449CBS Films
15Hall Pass$6,314-9%116-86$54$45,013,47610Warner Bros. / New Line
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,61311%109-57$42$72,964,47012Paramount
17Unknown (2011)$4,417-4%101-61$44$63,658,06311Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$66,24812%69-139$960$3,962,7164Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$25,47538%320$796$24,534,60259Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sucker Punch$6,393-10%74-170$86$36,089,1906Warner Bros.
4Dum Maaro Dum$6,1397%93-8$66$509,3542Fox Searchlight
5Kill the Irishman$4,1962%307$140$1,082,5038Anchor Bay Films
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,657-1%45-44$59$1,286,1194Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,459-2%69-23$36$37,826,00611Fox
8Biutiful$2,117-6%221$96$5,064,73718Roadside Attractions
9Cedar Rapids$1,85929%26-10$72$6,806,62012Fox Searchlight
10The Company Men$1,208-9%150$81$4,417,48115Weinstein Company
11Miral$7828%10-10$78$363,2856Weinstein Company
12Meet Monica Velour$6327%21$316$26,7934Anchor Bay Films
13Sympathy For Delicious$5227%2--$261$11,7331Maya Entertainment
14Thank You$135-23%7--$19$463,5404UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$7421%4-2$19$235,0367Roadside Attractions