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, Sep. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$2,314,324-75%2,330--$993$32,465,9381Disney
2Drive (2011)$1,043,621-64%2,886--$362$12,384,0821FilmDistrict
3Contagion$1,019,193-71%3,2220$316$45,279,7172Warner Bros.
4The Help$560,796-68%3,01479$186$148,000,5896Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$428,770-65%2,408--$178$5,552,5301Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$321,759-68%2,476--$130$4,723,9601Weinstein Company
7Warrior (2011)$258,322-68%1,88314$137$10,260,9472Lionsgate
8The Debt$243,096-65%1,831-45$133$26,807,5273Focus
9Colombiana$197,222-68%1,933-421$102$33,574,7454Sony / TriStar
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$186,742-73%2,340-547$80$171,838,2797Fox
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$122,288-65%1,145-165$107$80,858,5618Warner Bros.
12Our Idiot Brother$121,144-61%1,747-649$69$23,793,3544Weinstein Company
13Shark Night 3D$105,054-75%2,082-766$50$17,415,4563Relativity Media
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$80,143-70%1,334-917$60$22,863,6454FilmDistrict
15Apollo 18$77,761-70%1,795-1535$43$16,963,6033Weinstein Company
16The Smurfs$49,806-87%1,419-558$35$137,643,6878Sony / Columbia
17Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$48,778-55%1,5000$33$2,380,0962Sony / Columbia
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$46,310-91%1,650-894$28$36,154,0445Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$115,376-61%230132$502$3,713,6472CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$59,705-71%601-209$99$378,240,32610Warner Bros.
3Seven Days in Utopia$45,338-68%437-118$104$3,635,2203Visio Entertainment
4Captain America: The First Avenger$43,210-71%540-264$80$174,344,7309Paramount
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$40,503-72%306129$132$351,372,49012Paramount / DreamWorks
6Cowboys & Aliens$40,125-72%614-306$65$98,870,4918Universal
7Horrible Bosses$38,967-63%444-59$88$116,543,45411Warner Bros. / New Line
8Sarah's Key$26,985-64%266-40$101$6,343,7859Weinstein Company
9The Change-Up$18,565-65%307-67$60$36,859,8107Universal
10Final Destination 5$16,754-69%302-353$55$42,155,9626Warner Bros. / New Line
11One Day$15,631-60%254-238$62$13,781,6455Focus
12Bridesmaids$11,815-91%170-27$70$168,955,91519Universal
13Conan the Barbarian (2011)$8,470-65%154-397$55$21,158,7145Lionsgate
14Saving Private Perez$8,253-77%116-49$71$1,338,1033Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$8,190-83%213-39$38$67,902,05514Fox
16Super 8$7,352-71%159-44$46$126,877,18515Paramount
17Kung Fu Panda 2$6,370-81%142-22$45$165,134,55217Paramount / DreamWorks
18Green Lantern (2011)$3,810-73%103-52$37$116,554,93214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$9,745-73%490$199$12,849,68824Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$4,961-67%1916$261$168,4163Indomina Media
3Circumstance$4,648-66%318$150$259,1144Roadside Attractions
4The Tree of Life$4,573-58%41-21$112$13,155,30617Fox Searchlight
5Monte Carlo$3,208-79%46-23$70$23,134,54212Fox
6Attack the Block$2,835-59%35-16$81$1,006,2978Sony / Screen Gems
7The Future$2,360-51%29--$81$504,2188Roadside Attractions
8The Devil's Double$2,015-39%25-8$81$1,344,0148Lionsgate
9Another Earth$1,160-49%17-24$68$1,294,1129Fox Searchlight
10Project Nim$1,147-36%176$67$384,52011Roadside Attractions
11Everything Must Go$488--1-3$488$2,712,13119Roadside Attractions
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$196-60%5-3$39$1,341,96310Fox Searchlight
13Tanner Hall$45-49%1-4$45$5,0502Anchor Bay Films