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, Jul. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$15,388,166-15%4,375--$3,517$202,620,6741Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$3,058,0048%3,917-190$781$308,775,8713Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$2,911,05111%3,13494$929$65,672,0102Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$2,257,74522%3,4820$648$46,486,8452Sony / Columbia
5Cars 2$1,405,20414%3,249-741$433$168,030,6684Disney
6Winnie the Pooh$1,218,4998%2,405--$507$10,202,1461Disney
7Bad Teacher$925,68118%2,659-303$348$90,169,1514Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$445,96530%2,287-689$195$32,508,5753Universal
9Monte Carlo$327,35022%1,169-1304$280$20,705,6643Fox
10Super 8$317,02513%1,459-833$217$122,884,4976Paramount
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$279,65215%1,002-964$279$61,995,3535Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$313,92020%872-230$360$161,905,05510Universal
2Green Lantern (2011)$202,34114%973-1042$208$113,169,6955Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$108,65933%354-296$307$160,265,1158Paramount / DreamWorks
4X-Men: First Class$108,61011%470-377$231$143,662,3377Fox
5The Tree of Life$103,57518%235-2$441$10,281,9688Fox Searchlight
6Rio (2011)$95,73366%241-31$397$142,086,05214Fox
7Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$93,48912%373-249$251$237,530,4099Disney
8Thor$80,00218%272-43$294$179,649,17211Paramount
9The Hangover Part II$75,64712%455-380$166$252,025,1428Warner Bros.
10Beginners$69,41223%17015$408$4,058,4777Focus
11Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$44,03439%21443$206$14,445,2056Relativity Media
12A Better Life$43,97817%21663$204$1,120,7134Summit
13Fast Five$36,04017%212-29$170$209,209,41512Universal
14Water for Elephants$17,31926%120-48$144$58,492,53813Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$66,94628%480$1,395$9,305,21015Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$28,69512%27-1$1,063$26,835,07070Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$20,63316%24--$860$172,4921Fox Searchlight
4Something Borrowed$11,25623%74-39$152$38,976,29711Warner Bros.
5Delhi Belly$11,05230%67-23$165$1,447,2363UTV Communications
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$8,73313%87-25$100$53,328,39813Lionsgate
7Insidious$8,462-1%66-15$128$53,846,01116FilmDistrict
8Project Nim$7,1471%2218$325$102,0332Roadside Attractions
9The Lincoln Lawyer$6,97440%72-34$97$57,993,84518Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$2,30528%19-23$121$10,138,85312Weinstein Company
11Submarine$1,50927%14-5$108$401,6877Weinstein Company
12Everything Must Go$7821%12-5$65$2,679,02210Roadside Attractions
13The Conspirator$45453%10-5$45$11,522,17214Roadside Attractions
1435 and Ticking$270-34%51$54$90,7519Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$11075%40$28$255,58018Roadside Attractions
16Chillar Party$13-38%4-3$3$6,1832UTV Communications