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 Wed, Sep. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$1,688,400-3%2,3300$725$66,385,8022Disney
2Moneyball$1,473,481-19%2,993--$492$24,234,5731Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$833,197-5%3,507--$238$21,608,9921Warner Bros.
4Killer Elite$725,505-26%2,986--$243$11,832,1771Open Road
5Contagion$627,319-13%3,136-86$200$58,939,3693Warner Bros.
6Abduction$584,781-20%3,118--$188$12,806,8831Lionsgate
7Drive (2011)$539,158-19%2,90418$186$23,124,4612FilmDistrict
8The Help$471,593-8%1,964-1050$240$155,808,2147Disney / DreamWorks
9I Don't Know How She Does It$209,592-15%2,49014$84$8,688,6182Weinstein Company
10Straw Dogs (2011)$188,571-20%2,4080$78$9,439,6522Sony / Screen Gems
11The Debt$111,354-14%1,067-764$104$29,312,2134Focus
12Warrior (2011)$98,961-5%1,411-472$70$12,509,8773Lionsgate
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$80,058-7%1,178-1162$68$173,767,2528Fox
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$23,9950%1,207-443$20$37,088,3666Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$81,838-9%28757$285$5,422,5833CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$73,829-12%847-1086$87$35,346,3575Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$72,218-10%675-470$107$82,281,1709Warner Bros.
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$35,8510%320-281$112$378,930,76011Warner Bros.
5Shark Night 3D$30,432-8%637-1445$48$18,314,4004Relativity Media
6Captain America: The First Avenger$28,8737%334-206$86$174,867,40910Paramount
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$28,551-8%251-55$114$351,991,23213Paramount / DreamWorks
8Horrible Bosses$26,494-8%313-131$85$117,023,57612Warner Bros. / New Line
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$26,1023%424-910$62$23,552,7985FilmDistrict
10The Smurfs$25,737-8%669-750$38$138,432,8119Sony / Columbia
11Our Idiot Brother$23,538-18%411-1336$57$24,612,8685Weinstein Company
12Cowboys & Aliens$22,325-7%345-269$65$99,343,3669Universal
13Sarah's Key$16,4021%151-115$109$6,640,23310Weinstein Company
14Final Destination 5$14,798-20%254-48$58$42,430,1037Warner Bros. / New Line
15Apollo 18$11,951-2%339-1456$35$17,421,2834Weinstein Company
16The Change-Up$10,985-19%169-138$65$37,069,6458Universal
17Bridesmaids$7,215-19%111-59$65$169,098,94520Universal
18Super 8$6,888-4%117-42$59$126,995,57016Paramount
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$5,184-5%153-60$34$68,049,16115Fox
20Kung Fu Panda 2$4,3190%113-29$38$165,243,89118Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$13,2755%490$271$13,044,74625Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$8,794-2%4829$183$292,8324Indomina Media
3The Tree of Life$4,748-31%39-2$122$13,216,89618Fox Searchlight
4Circumstance$3,98227%29-2$137$320,4445Roadside Attractions
5Machine Gun Preacher$3,4287%4--$857$54,6181Relativity Media
6Thunder Soul$2,901-12%35--$83$60,7171Roadside Attractions
7Saving Private Perez$2,63526%44-72$60$1,398,7254Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Conan the Barbarian (2011)$2,291-18%56-98$41$21,217,9736Lionsgate
9Green Lantern (2011)$1,980-8%49-54$40$116,599,25315Warner Bros.
10Monte Carlo$1,96910%34-12$58$23,183,05513Fox
11The Future$1,568-13%27-2$58$525,9989Roadside Attractions
12Project Nim$1,48149%181$82$394,52212Roadside Attractions
13The Devil's Double$1,082-24%4823$23$1,360,5369Lionsgate