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 Tue, May. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$5,410,4190%3,955--$1,368$76,536,8141Paramount
2Fast Five$2,691,5707%3,66218$735$144,997,6402Universal
3Something Borrowed$1,348,11021%2,904--$464$16,405,6971Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$948,101-13%2,035--$466$17,258,7881Sony / TriStar
5Water for Elephants$640,95624%2,614-206$245$43,242,1853Fox
6Rio (2011)$469,48710%3,258-450$144$116,100,8724Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$253,948-2%1,881-407$135$47,598,8713Lionsgate
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$141,52924%2,5050$56$7,131,7352Weinstein Company
9Soul Surfer$138,90820%1,781-229$78$37,141,3155Sony / TriStar
10Prom$131,61029%2,7300$48$7,823,3402Disney
11African Cats$118,58721%1,035-189$115$13,112,7553Disneynature
12Insidious$99,668-2%1,001-583$100$50,520,9876FilmDistrict
13Scream 4$88,89419%1,333-888$67$37,083,5894Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$121,18420%930-715$130$51,166,9556Summit
2Hanna$103,48524%748-821$138$37,821,2025Focus
3The Conspirator$61,51915%457-238$135$9,908,0504Roadside Attractions
4Limitless$59,26140%379-459$156$77,107,9648Relativity Media
5Jane Eyre (2011)$51,51918%248-46$208$9,529,0269Focus
6Win Win$49,66631%268-34$185$8,439,0208Fox Searchlight
7The Lincoln Lawyer$45,82331%440-279$104$55,628,4558Lionsgate
8HOP$27,06020%902-2274$30$106,407,8706Universal
9Arthur (2011)$26,13038%355-896$74$32,290,4495Warner Bros.
10The Adjustment Bureau$20,42536%215-62$95$62,092,56510Universal
11Rango$20,26619%2770$73$120,463,50310Paramount
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$15,724-5%464-411$34$1,139,1042Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13Sucker Punch$15,0939%210136$72$36,217,4577Warner Bros.
14Paul$14,28017%204-20$70$37,240,9058Universal
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,038-2%339-164$41$51,318,1147Fox
16Your Highness$10,66018%164-238$65$21,442,0255Universal
17Red Riding Hood$8,33210%156-53$53$37,538,6559Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$61,72230%59-10$1,046$4,361,6025Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$21,0210%320$657$24,658,62160Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Beaver$11,3962%22--$518$130,1291Summit
4The King's Speech$6,3166%90-95$70$138,659,99524Weinstein Company
5Beastly$4,62613%76-50$61$27,821,04110CBS Films
6Hall Pass$3,7582%67-49$56$45,052,47911Warner Bros. / New Line
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,13225%57-52$55$73,006,58613Paramount
8Kill the Irishman$2,93522%23-7$128$1,114,1419Anchor Bay Films
9Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,69011%52-17$52$37,865,68912Fox
10No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,368105%21-24$113$1,304,0385Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Unknown (2011)$2,28426%49-52$47$63,681,83212Warner Bros.
12The Company Men$1,95543%3520$56$4,431,36316Weinstein Company
13Cedar Rapids$1,558-2%22-4$71$6,830,72113Fox Searchlight
14Biutiful$1,537-34%16-6$96$5,075,32119Roadside Attractions
15Dum Maaro Dum$1,39021%33-60$42$537,1173Fox Searchlight
16Passion Play$41661%2--$208$2,7751Image Entertainment
17Miral$334-25%5-5$67$367,5357Weinstein Company
18The Music Never Stopped$23250%73$33$237,5138Roadside Attractions