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 Mon, Jul. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$5,865,438-58%4,10719$1,428$266,944,1382Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$3,764,211-53%3,040--$1,238$32,066,3761Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$2,456,640-53%3,482--$706$22,522,2571Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$1,986,673-54%3,990-125$498$150,818,2033Disney
5Bad Teacher$1,215,169-50%2,962-87$410$79,886,9883Sony / Columbia
6Monte Carlo$668,014-31%2,4730$270$16,793,5212Fox
7Larry Crowne$655,005-57%2,9763$220$26,852,6952Universal
8Super 8$580,750-54%2,292-796$253$118,650,2965Paramount
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$465,479-44%1,996-865$233$58,516,6884Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$422,252-53%2,015-1265$210$110,153,4334Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$347,130-51%1,102-287$315$158,489,1609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$194,366-55%847-755$229$142,284,4876Fox
2Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$150,944-47%622-851$243$236,401,4238Disney
3The Hangover Part II$144,154-54%835-733$173$250,961,4017Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$131,784-48%650-631$203$159,146,2147Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$109,044-56%2379$460$9,123,5117Fox Searchlight
6Thor$93,836-46%31545$298$178,833,80710Paramount
7Rio (2011)$71,621-38%272-36$263$141,353,69713Fox
8Beginners$60,816-63%15547$392$3,311,5656Focus
9Fast Five$37,355-54%241-61$155$208,820,04011Universal
10A Better Life$36,582-69%153142$239$596,1323Summit
11Water for Elephants$19,739-43%168-66$117$58,310,10512Fox
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$18,336-24%171-50$107$14,166,8535Relativity Media
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$13,196-54%112-28$118$53,213,63312Lionsgate
14Something Borrowed$11,448-35%113-78$101$38,842,33010Warner Bros.
15The Lincoln Lawyer$7,727-55%106-32$73$57,914,50517Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$58,457-14%481$1,218$8,764,14114Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$26,065-25%28-5$931$26,574,15669Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Delhi Belly$19,518-79%901$217$1,252,4882UTV Communications
4Insidious$14,329-44%8111$177$53,736,80415FilmDistrict
5Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,256-27%42-26$101$10,111,15511Weinstein Company
6Source Code$3,498-53%41-25$85$54,700,40015Summit
7Project Nim$3,213-60%4--$803$29,0331Roadside Attractions
8Submarine$2,845-46%19-1$150$380,6526Weinstein Company
9Everything Must Go$2,060-26%17-2$121$2,665,0609Roadside Attractions
10Jane Eyre (2011)$2,004-30%21-5$95$11,234,82918Focus
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,247--4--$312$220,16243Collective Eye
12The Conspirator$901-48%150$60$11,513,18213Roadside Attractions
13The Last Mountain$604-54%3--$201$91,0296Dada Films
1435 and Ticking$360-72%42$90$85,4508Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$314-56%4-1$79$254,21317Roadside Attractions
16Chillar Party$283-73%7--$40$4,4381UTV Communications
17Beautiful Boy$131-80%3-1$44$73,2896Anchor Bay Films