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, Jun. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$4,027,245-5%3,641--$1,106$73,894,3491Fox
2The Hangover Part II$2,841,424-2%3,6150$786$198,060,1322Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$2,783,00615%3,95227$704$110,270,0742Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,923,3744%3,966-198$485$197,927,4943Disney
5Bridesmaids$1,707,6154%2,919-39$585$113,749,5754Universal
6Thor$544,6517%2,780-516$196$171,229,5085Paramount
7Fast Five$357,9207%2,237-744$160$203,366,8756Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$1,000,000--324--$3,086$1,000,0000Paramount
2Something Borrowed$124,0796%688-752$180$37,162,1135Warner Bros.
3Rio (2011)$122,91120%691-981$178$137,110,7288Fox
4Water for Elephants$100,7376%572-222$176$56,120,9597Fox
5Jumping the Broom$79,432-4%589-350$135$36,254,6555Sony / TriStar
6Priest (2011)$49,9231%583-1335$86$28,912,7084Sony / Screen Gems
7Rango$41,04716%254-26$162$122,297,90714Paramount
8Source Code$34,769-6%288-11$121$53,988,50610Summit
9HOP$28,1755%245-54$115$107,905,78510Universal
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$24,15322%182-32$133$52,384,41311Fox
11Limitless$22,995-3%232-37$99$78,826,12012Relativity Media
12Jane Eyre (2011)$22,66911%128-15$177$10,944,26513Focus
13Hanna$21,613-7%197-19$110$39,898,3319Focus
14Insidious$20,048-21%160-26$125$53,099,20510FilmDistrict
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$16,74311%196-163$85$52,689,0277Lionsgate
16Everything Must Go$16,563-8%107-54$155$2,468,9184Roadside Attractions
17Win Win$16,3123%14117$116$9,925,83312Fox Searchlight
18The Lincoln Lawyer$13,008-4%133-33$98$57,049,01612Lionsgate
19Scream 4$12,0120%201-60$60$38,089,8748Weinstein Company
20The Conspirator$11,93112%109-28$109$11,370,3428Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$66,037-9%2016$3,302$1,534,6462Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$64,276-1%470$1,368$6,563,5289Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$28,28123%322$884$25,510,06764Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$14,955-17%5--$2,991$210,2701Focus
5The Beaver$6,75511%68-41$99$898,4925Summit
6Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$5,89336%80-123$74$9,544,1926Weinstein Company
7Arthur (2011)$4,7816%62-15$77$33,035,3979Warner Bros.
8Submarine$4,494-14%4--$1,124$61,9191Weinstein Company
9Beautiful Boy$2,76294%4--$691$24,2241Anchor Bay Films
10The Last Mountain$1,137-37%2--$569$22,2081Dada Films
11The King's Speech$1,11717%180$62$138,792,20628Weinstein Company
1235 and Ticking$70479%4-2$176$60,7003Image Entertainment
13Kill the Irishman$580-15%8-2$73$1,178,89813Anchor Bay Films
14Summer (2011 re-issue)$392--1--$392$3920The Film Desk
15Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$232-74%4--$58$179,01238Collective Eye
16Skateland$152162%31$51$19,4034Freestyle Releasing
17The Music Never Stopped$143-31%50$29$247,93712Roadside Attractions
18Biutiful$66-38%1-4$66$5,101,23723Roadside Attractions