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, Jun. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$5,075,246-7%3,641--$1,394$65,629,0431Fox
2The Hangover Part II$3,259,0720%3,6150$902$192,314,4652Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$2,700,42916%3,95227$683$105,060,6032Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,092,97613%3,966-198$528$194,151,0543Disney
5Bridesmaids$1,722,21013%2,919-39$590$110,407,3204Universal
6Thor$550,67910%2,780-516$198$170,174,4285Paramount
7Fast Five$347,0050%2,237-744$155$202,673,4056Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something Borrowed$129,1509%688-752$188$36,920,7245Warner Bros.
2Water for Elephants$105,67923%572-222$185$55,924,8077Fox
3Rio (2011)$100,0955%691-981$145$136,885,6528Fox
4Jumping the Broom$81,352-5%589-350$138$36,074,2775Sony / TriStar
5Priest (2011)$49,050-3%583-1335$84$28,813,2334Sony / Screen Gems
6Rango$39,18532%254-26$154$122,221,36014Paramount
7Source Code$36,39822%288-11$126$53,916,67210Summit
8HOP$26,95529%245-54$110$107,850,66510Universal
9Hanna$23,56711%197-19$120$39,853,5389Focus
10Limitless$23,51310%232-37$101$78,779,33912Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$20,61344%182-32$113$52,340,43611Fox
12Insidious$20,517-8%160-26$128$53,053,69810FilmDistrict
13Jane Eyre (2011)$18,31119%128-15$143$10,901,15913Focus
14Everything Must Go$17,2326%107-54$161$2,434,3194Roadside Attractions
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$16,8900%196-163$86$52,657,2497Lionsgate
16Win Win$14,89816%14117$106$9,893,66812Fox Searchlight
17The Lincoln Lawyer$13,71916%133-33$103$57,022,48312Lionsgate
18Scream 4$11,6890%201-60$58$38,065,8798Weinstein Company
19The Conspirator$10,44321%108-29$97$11,347,7858Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$69,945-8%2016$3,497$1,396,0932Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$61,35017%470$1,305$6,434,0899Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$26,1966%322$819$25,458,82864Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$20,42132%5--$4,084$177,2671Focus
5The Beaver$6,37119%68-41$94$885,6315Summit
6Arthur (2011)$5,351--62-15$86$33,026,0889Warner Bros.
7Submarine$5,3206%4--$1,330$52,1721Weinstein Company
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,82335%80-123$60$9,533,9716Weinstein Company
9Beautiful Boy$1,929-1%4--$482$20,0361Anchor Bay Films
10Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,220-17%4--$305$177,87638Collective Eye
11The King's Speech$945-1%16-2$59$138,790,13228Weinstein Company
12Kill the Irishman$73437%8-2$92$1,177,63613Anchor Bay Films
13The Last Mountain$724-25%2--$362$18,5921Dada Films
1435 and Ticking$395-16%4-2$99$59,6023Image Entertainment
15Skateland$153-4%31$51$19,1934Freestyle Releasing
16The Music Never Stopped$126-30%50$25$247,58612Roadside Attractions
17Biutiful$105377%1-4$105$5,101,06423Roadside Attractions