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 Sun, Jun. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$9,357,504-33%3,379--$2,769$36,451,1681Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$6,576,267-34%3,69251$1,781$98,023,3352Fox
3Kung Fu Panda 2$4,841,328-31%3,929-23$1,232$126,813,2403Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$4,384,646-42%3,67560$1,193$215,727,4613Warner Bros.
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$3,127,316-33%3,433-533$911$208,873,2584Disney
6Bridesmaids$2,732,070-36%2,9223$935$123,815,8655Universal
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$1,526,789-34%2,524--$605$6,076,8591Relativity Media
8Thor$665,679-37%1,782-998$374$173,664,7236Paramount
9Fast Five$451,860-40%1,329-908$340$205,094,2057Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$188,265-32%527-164$357$137,780,8299Fox
2Water for Elephants$128,496-36%466-106$276$56,599,7948Fox
3Something Borrowed$110,095-44%366-322$301$37,626,4096Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$106,997-50%365-224$293$36,695,0046Sony / TriStar
5Soul Surfer$77,906-33%31772$246$42,181,38010Sony / TriStar
6Rango$50,255-30%220-34$228$122,474,57915Paramount
7Source Code$42,444-43%248-40$171$54,162,13211Summit
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$35,028-27%182102$192$9,664,2917Weinstein Company
9Insidious$34,038-42%134-26$254$53,235,90111FilmDistrict
10HOP$31,350-27%190-55$165$108,012,17011Universal
11Priest (2011)$31,079-37%169-414$184$29,028,3765Sony / Screen Gems
12Hanna$28,791-28%147-50$196$39,997,23310Focus
13Limitless$28,453-39%166-66$171$78,935,46713Relativity Media
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$22,772-24%117-65$195$52,459,14412Fox
15Win Win$20,788-44%100-41$208$10,002,48713Fox Searchlight
16The Lincoln Lawyer$20,594-49%101-32$204$57,133,68613Lionsgate
17Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$17,515-49%112-84$156$52,764,4898Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$241,523-32%4727$5,139$2,361,6553Fox Searchlight
2Beginners$69,939-37%1914$3,681$453,3292Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$60,398-18%470$1,285$6,768,94810Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$29,888-15%31-1$964$25,604,62865Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Everything Must Go$19,128-33%87-20$220$2,535,1335Roadside Attractions
6Jane Eyre (2011)$18,593-29%90-38$207$11,007,28114Focus
7Submarine$16,414-37%1713$966$117,7672Weinstein Company
8The Conspirator$12,904-38%66-44$196$11,414,7189Roadside Attractions
9Scream 4$9,658-34%80-121$121$38,127,3399Weinstein Company
10The Beaver$4,153-42%46-22$90$914,1256Summit
11The Last Mountain$3,774-12%31$1,258$33,7232Dada Films
12Beautiful Boy$1,888-14%40$472$29,8272Anchor Bay Films
13Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,630-7%40$408$183,69239Collective Eye
1435 and Ticking$1,008-31%1-3$1,008$67,3934Image Entertainment
15Kill the Irishman$971-38%5-3$194$1,182,32214Anchor Bay Films
16The King's Speech$553-47%15-1$37$138,795,34229Weinstein Company
17The Music Never Stopped$1578%2-3$79$248,47013Roadside Attractions