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, Sep. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$1,484,070-72%2,84365$522$125,756,1944Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$938,212-68%1,826--$514$15,691,2261Focus
3Colombiana$677,856-68%2,6140$259$24,810,1912Sony / TriStar
4Apollo 18$606,592-70%3,328--$182$11,312,1481Weinstein Company
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$575,007-76%3,193-153$180$163,125,1855Fox
6Our Idiot Brother$564,936-64%2,5550$221$17,838,5292Weinstein Company
7Shark Night 3D$523,481-70%2,806--$187$10,649,9391Relativity Media
8Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$409,642-65%2,78020$147$18,232,0582FilmDistrict
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$291,026-70%1,450-127$201$75,755,8206Warner Bros.
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$272,489-86%3,007-298$91$31,473,6793Weinstein Company
11The Smurfs$243,875-85%2,706-155$90$133,920,5806Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$203,305-78%1,092-236$186$375,755,3988Warner Bros.
1330 Minutes or Less$172,001-65%1,355-716$127$35,673,4464Sony / Columbia
14Conan the Barbarian (2011)$156,440-63%1,722-1293$91$20,378,6153Lionsgate
15One Day$130,316-67%1,187-538$110$12,829,4553Focus
16Captain America: The First Avenger$128,530-80%1,050-374$122$172,401,2907Paramount
17Cowboys & Aliens$124,425-80%1,185-374$105$97,006,1156Universal
18Final Destination 5$122,152-64%1,226-859$100$41,009,7134Warner Bros. / New Line
19Fright Night (2011)$108,457-61%1,468-1646$74$17,452,8223Disney / DreamWorks
20Cars 2$84,239-85%2,043--$41$189,341,13411Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$108,882-78%561--$194$1,910,4811Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$70,070-64%539-365$130$36,055,6755Universal
3Sarah's Key$68,694-68%31947$215$5,329,3907Weinstein Company
4Horrible Bosses$64,340-65%422-43$152$115,099,8819Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$44,772-71%424-94$106$350,544,78410Paramount / DreamWorks
6Bad Teacher$43,880-46%986911$45$98,903,42311Sony / Columbia
7Saving Private Perez$38,879-76%161--$241$867,1211Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Bridesmaids$24,200-63%220-2$110$168,541,63017Universal
9Kung Fu Panda 2$22,111-83%305111$72$164,849,16015Paramount / DreamWorks
10Super 8$20,273-74%240-2$84$126,549,78213Paramount
11Mr. Popper's Penguins$13,301-83%25213$53$67,520,02912Fox
12Green Lantern (2011)$13,045-79%185-37$71$116,326,46412Warner Bros.
13X-Men: First Class$6,247-72%101-9$62$146,306,24714Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$14,688-82%490$300$12,563,28822Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Attack the Block$10,576-64%6636$160$875,8446Sony / Screen Gems
3The Tree of Life$9,357-62%86-11$109$13,022,90615Fox Searchlight
4Another Earth$6,310-70%71-23$89$1,239,5067Fox Searchlight
5The Devil's Double$5,435-66%49-29$111$1,289,8346Lionsgate
6Beginners$5,039-56%34-16$148$5,781,35314Focus
7The Hangover Part II$4,126-64%90-38$46$254,420,56215Warner Bros.
8Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,936-74%3--$1,312$71,5371Indomina Media
9Circumstance$3,885-62%114$353$118,2742Roadside Attractions
10Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$3,664-81%64-159$57$11,833,9394Fox
11The Future$3,231-61%17-5$190$451,0016Roadside Attractions
12Monte Carlo$1,333-82%41-50$33$22,945,63810Fox
13In/Sight$1,184-64%23--$51$14,0601Check Entertainment
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$773-22%12-3$64$1,333,0048Fox Searchlight
15Project Nim$719-73%15-1$48$365,2379Roadside Attractions
16Rio (2011)$604-87%25-14$24$143,618,98821Fox
17Redemption Road$342-71%10-16$34$28,8172Freestyle Releasing
185 Days of War$290-61%32$97$16,1833Anchor Bay Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$196106%2--$98$243,85751Collective Eye
20Insidious$92-74%4-3$23$54,008,88323FilmDistrict
21Everything Must Go$67-48%41$17$2,710,41217Roadside Attractions