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, Aug. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$4,378,81013%2,534--$1,728$44,188,6521Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,584,9561%3,69143$971$112,340,8222Fox
3The Smurfs$2,488,5589%3,42732$726$106,544,8603Sony / Columbia
4Final Destination 5$2,031,1279%3,155--$644$21,917,6871Warner Bros. / New Line
530 Minutes or Less$1,869,8552%2,888--$647$17,030,0901Sony / Columbia
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,155,40910%2,635-385$438$57,729,2533Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,142,368-1%2,414-761$473$359,637,7785Warner Bros.
8Captain America: The First Avenger$1,055,1217%2,835-785$372$159,011,4014Paramount
9Cowboys & Aliens$1,026,1007%3,310-444$310$83,660,0003Universal
10The Change-Up$1,005,22017%2,9130$345$27,703,4052Universal
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$786,589-6%2,040--$386$7,588,6661Fox
12Horrible Bosses$357,1647%1,338-687$267$110,693,4176Warner Bros. / New Line
13Friends With Benefits$326,93717%1,294-1104$253$53,685,8014Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$183,2286%886-968$207$347,624,2177Paramount / DreamWorks
2Zookeeper$163,6525%748-976$219$76,120,1916Sony / Columbia
3Cars 2$112,385-4%494-432$228$186,425,8018Disney
4Sarah's Key$78,51813%10134$777$2,171,7454Weinstein Company
5Green Lantern (2011)$66,77711%242134$276$115,164,1739Warner Bros.
6Kung Fu Panda 2$65,28516%252-38$259$163,555,22912Paramount / DreamWorks
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$62,1349%294-33$211$66,213,2759Fox
8Bridesmaids$56,96011%285-89$200$167,278,13014Universal
9X-Men: First Class$34,73020%183-53$190$145,752,16411Fox
10The Hangover Part II$27,5005%232-71$119$253,995,05412Warner Bros.
11Bad Teacher$27,18923%149-201$182$97,950,7818Sony / Columbia
12The Tree of Life$26,3764%118-52$224$12,524,25712Fox Searchlight
13Super 8$18,96711%108-66$176$125,556,15710Paramount
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$18,19717%104-12$175$1,229,5705Fox Searchlight
15Beginners$16,42220%103-23$159$5,556,58711Focus
16Monte Carlo$15,23011%124-17$123$22,718,4467Fox
17Larry Crowne$10,7908%166-63$65$35,586,7257Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$63,816-9%490$1,302$11,444,11819Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$42,6053%8956$479$782,8403Lionsgate
3Aarakshan$35,13366%91--$386$400,9351Reliance Big Pictures
4Another Earth$24,010-1%8227$293$747,4164Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$18,1408%4032$454$488,9913Sony / Screen Gems
6Rio (2011)$12,55322%99-40$127$143,501,10318Fox
7The Future$10,3133%202$516$254,9073Roadside Attractions
8Thor$8,5518%81-60$106$180,969,30015Paramount
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$5,19019%55-33$94$15,010,54410Relativity Media
10Project Nim$3,9013%18-3$217$315,3276Roadside Attractions
11A Better Life$3,42455%51-23$67$1,703,6138Summit
12The Last Mountain$1,17583%5--$235$121,92511Dada Films
13Insidious$612-3%13-13$47$53,979,18320FilmDistrict
14Submarine$225-38%7-3$32$467,29111Weinstein Company
15Everything Must Go$22317%3-5$74$2,702,95514Roadside Attractions
16The Conspirator$138-8%2-2$69$11,533,69718Roadside Attractions