'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, Sep. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,286,948-6%2,84365$1,860$124,272,1244Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$2,942,101-19%1,826--$1,611$14,753,0141Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,410,190-23%3,193-153$755$162,550,1785Fox
4Colombiana$2,107,013-23%2,6140$806$24,132,3352Sony / TriStar
5Apollo 18$2,001,285-30%3,328--$601$10,705,5561Weinstein Company
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,984,6016%3,007-298$660$31,201,1903Weinstein Company
7Shark Night 3D$1,722,198-34%2,806--$614$10,126,4581Relativity Media
8The Smurfs$1,624,6150%2,706-155$600$133,676,7056Sony / Columbia
9Our Idiot Brother$1,587,365-24%2,5550$621$17,273,5932Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,186,959-34%2,78020$427$17,822,4162FilmDistrict
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$954,682-23%1,450-127$658$75,464,7946Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$928,509-8%1,092-236$850$375,552,0938Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$645,219-15%1,050-374$614$172,272,7607Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$622,125-15%1,185-374$525$96,881,6906Universal
15Cars 2$570,57812%2,043--$279$189,256,89511Disney
1630 Minutes or Less$485,254-31%1,355-716$358$35,501,4454Sony / Columbia
17Conan the Barbarian (2011)$427,442-36%1,722-1293$248$20,222,1753Lionsgate
18One Day$392,824-19%1,187-538$331$12,699,1393Focus
19Final Destination 5$344,074-36%1,226-859$281$40,887,5614Warner Bros. / New Line
20Fright Night (2011)$280,007-40%1,468-1646$191$17,344,3653Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$484,6893%561--$864$1,801,5991Visio Entertainment
2Zookeeper$216,993-19%401--$541$78,230,7329Sony / Columbia
3Sarah's Key$213,946-8%31947$671$5,260,6967Weinstein Company
4Midnight in Paris$212,965--402--$530$52,932,73916Sony Pictures Classics
5The Change-Up$194,045-35%539-365$360$35,985,6055Universal
6The Guard$183,433--178--$1,031$2,706,3466Sony Pictures Classics
7Horrible Bosses$182,857-32%422-43$433$115,035,5419Warner Bros. / New Line
8Saving Private Perez$163,725-32%161--$1,017$828,2421Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Transformers: Dark of the Moon$151,787-34%424-94$358$350,500,01210Paramount / DreamWorks
10Kung Fu Panda 2$132,1902%305111$433$164,827,04915Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bad Teacher$81,967-52%986911$83$98,859,54311Sony / Columbia
12Mr. Popper's Penguins$80,351-32%25213$319$67,506,72812Fox
13Super 8$77,622-24%240-2$323$126,529,50913Paramount
14Winnie the Pooh$76,651--352--$218$26,505,3678Disney
16Green Lantern (2011)$60,687-14%185-37$328$116,313,41912Warner Bros.
17Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$55,151--186--$297$240,794,58416Disney
18A Good Old Fashioned Orgy$37,040--143--$259$154,6041IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
19Friends With Benefits$34,486-55%161--$214$55,574,3297Sony / Screen Gems
20X-Men: First Class$22,650-48%101-9$224$146,300,00014Fox
21Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$2,524--100--$25$3,096,4518Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$187,601-41%88--$2,132$1,361,7901Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$81,359-11%490$1,660$12,548,60022Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$48,955--47--$1,042$867,8384Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$35,333--70--$505$798,3405IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5Higher Ground$30,241--17--$1,779$166,1822Sony Pictures Classics
6Attack the Block$29,650-10%6636$449$865,2686Sony / Screen Gems
7Bol$24,976--38--$657$105,3541Eros International
8The Tree of Life$24,877-23%86-11$289$13,013,54915Fox Searchlight
9Another Earth$21,260-8%71-23$299$1,233,1967Fox Searchlight
10Point Blank$20,999--33--$636$481,4946Magnolia / Magnet
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$19,367-5%64-159$303$11,830,2754Fox
12Buck$17,011--73--$233$3,895,66112IFC Films
13The Devil's Double$15,818-4%49-29$323$1,284,3996Lionsgate
14Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$14,983-23%3--$4,994$67,6011Indomina Media
15Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$13,344--15--$890$493,2229International Film Circuit
16The Hangover Part II$11,564-61%90-38$128$254,416,43615Warner Bros.
18Love Crime$11,064--5--$2,213$46,4391IFC Films
19Circumstance$10,313-14%114$938$114,3892Roadside Attractions
20Brighton Rock (2011)$9,626--13--$740$92,3002IFC Films
21Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$8,802--3--$2,934$39,0291Music Box Films
22The Future$8,284-7%17-5$487$447,7706Roadside Attractions
23Monte Carlo$7,45311%41-50$182$22,944,30510Fox
24The Trip (2011)$6,400--36--$178$1,957,32113IFC Films
25The Names of Love$6,292--0----$423,18511Music Box Films
26Magic Trip$5,779--11--$525$100,1275Magnolia Pictures
27Tabloid$5,272--25--$211$645,8198IFC Films
28Rio (2011)$4,7332%25-14$189$143,618,38421Fox
29Mozart's Sister$4,321--7--$617$102,1023Music Box Films
30Turtle: The Incredible Journey$3,608--3--$1,203$364,74911Hannover House
31The Interrupters$3,373--10--$337$121,2886Cinema Guild
32In/Sight$3,30521%23--$144$12,8761Check Entertainment
33Terri$3,237--17--$190$621,67610IDP/ATO Pictures
34Life in a Day$2,983--9--$331$225,8616National Geographic
353D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$2,942--9--$327$131,9874China Lion Film
36Project Nim$2,634-34%15-1$176$364,5189Roadside Attractions
37El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,478--5--$496$104,5346Alive Mind Cinema
38Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,400--7--$343$1,040,32512Magnolia Pictures
39Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$2,390--9--$266$1,144,0459Sony Pictures Classics
40Incendies$2,308--8--$289$6,843,63120Sony Pictures Classics
42Amigo$1,858--10--$186$100,1683Variance Films
43Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$1,459--1--$1,459$38,4844Lorber Films
44Bride Flight$1,214--10--$121$479,85213Music Box Films
45Space Station 3D$1,200--1--$1,200$84,241,436490IMAX
46I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$1,190--1--$1,190$4,3081Strand Releasing
47Redemption Road$1,172-5%10-16$117$27,0122Freestyle Releasing
48Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$989-49%12-3$82$1,332,2318Fox Searchlight
49Littlerock$888--3--$296$8,8684Variance Films
50The Tree$804--4--$201$39,9078Zeitgeist Films
51Rebirth (2011)$771--1--$771$6,3031Oscilloscope
525 Days of War$753-2%32$251$15,8933Anchor Bay Films
53Mysteries of Lisbon$747--1--$747$62,3935Music Box Films
54The Last Circus$672--2--$336$15,2173Magnolia / Magnet
55Griff the Invisible$559--2--$280$14,9923Indomina Media
56Vito Bonafacci$541--1--$541$9,21718CAVU Pictures
57Passione: A Musical Adventure$524--3--$175$194,46411Abramorama
59Life, Above All$506--6--$84$94,0018Sony Pictures Classics
60Bill Cunningham New York$490--2--$245$1,485,50225Zeitgeist Films
61Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$482-47%1--$482$3,5361Argot Pictures
62WAR: Women Art Revolution$435--1--$435$46,05914Zeitgeist Films
63Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$376--0----$267,47311Abramorama
65Rapt$315--2--$158$36,9839Lorber Films
66Trollhunter$281--4--$70$247,33013Magnolia / Magnet
67Little Girl$252--1--$252$7781First Run Features
68The Music Never Stopped$224-3%1--$224$257,75925Roadside Attractions
69Special Treatment$222--1--$222$2,5682First Run Features
70The Perfect Host$141--1--$141$48,43010Magnolia Pictures
71Everything Must Go$130-65%41$33$2,710,34517Roadside Attractions
72In a Better World$100--1--$100$1,007,90823Sony Pictures Classics
73Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$95-73%2--$48$243,66151Collective Eye