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 Sat, May. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$29,690,008-1%3,615--$8,213$91,282,5551Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$18,515,14241%3,925--$4,717$37,421,4791Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$15,182,20039%4,1649$3,646$139,704,8532Disney
4Bridesmaids$6,049,11029%2,95821$2,045$79,330,6503Universal
5Thor$3,639,71347%3,296-628$1,104$156,482,8094Paramount
6Fast Five$2,444,42036%2,981-641$820$193,657,0255Universal
7Rio (2011)$711,47471%1,672-921$426$134,168,9877Fox
8Something Borrowed$702,26928%1,440-1166$488$34,163,7104Warner Bros.
9Priest (2011)$649,68825%1,918-946$339$26,733,5163Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$743,74757%939-533$792$33,499,0744Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$420,09644%794-1100$529$54,041,6836Fox
3Soul Surfer$152,76940%401-583$381$41,151,2648Sony / TriStar
4Rango$143,37958%280-22$512$121,589,87113Paramount
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$137,66653%359-553$383$52,190,7046Lionsgate
6Source Code$123,37238%299-78$413$53,323,3599Summit
7Everything Must Go$104,72554%161-84$650$1,995,9273Roadside Attractions
8HOP$91,19561%299-55$305$107,429,4109Universal
9Limitless$84,17836%269-88$313$78,383,34511Relativity Media
10Hanna$83,56042%216-63$387$39,451,8508Focus
11Win Win$81,03592%124-78$654$9,573,94111Fox Searchlight
12The Lincoln Lawyer$80,69872%166-92$486$56,726,96911Lionsgate
13Jane Eyre (2011)$64,33548%143-65$450$10,603,89812Focus
14The Conspirator$63,41877%137-132$463$11,099,0857Roadside Attractions
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$63,08250%214-39$295$52,051,67410Fox
16Insidious$60,40828%186-315$325$52,678,7019FilmDistrict
17Scream 4$46,65842%26156$179$37,837,8717Weinstein Company
18The Beaver$41,48037%109-59$381$731,3534Summit
19Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$27,613104%203-439$136$9,423,9415Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$119,190-1%4--$29,798$239,3201Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$89,32816%47-3$1,901$5,806,0918Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$36,04134%30-4$1,201$25,195,36263Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Arthur (2011)$31,96629%77-160$415$32,911,5618Warner Bros.
5Battle: Los Angeles$19,89847%96-74$207$83,517,04812Sony / Columbia
6The King's Speech$5,06726%18-22$282$138,771,81527Weinstein Company
735 and Ticking$4,14038%60$690$44,8012Image Entertainment
8Kill the Irishman$3,77688%10-2$378$1,163,78912Anchor Bay Films
9The Music Never Stopped$846119%50$169$244,26411Roadside Attractions
10Dum Maaro Dum$77976%6-5$130$561,9806Fox Searchlight
11Go For It!$64189%14-50$46$177,6173Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Biutiful$169-45%5-2$34$5,098,10422Roadside Attractions
13Skateland$15451%2-9$77$17,4813Freestyle Releasing