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 Sun, Oct. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dolphin Tale$3,903,006-40%3,5158$1,110$37,183,7962Warner Bros.
2The Lion King 3D$2,863,924-36%2,34010$1,224$79,209,7943Disney
3Courageous$2,723,408-16%1,161--$2,346$9,112,8391Sony / TriStar
4Moneyball$2,664,928-52%2,9930$890$38,000,1302Sony / Columbia
550/50$2,133,374-41%2,458--$868$8,644,0951Summit
6Dream House$1,716,345-51%2,661--$645$8,129,3551Universal
7Abduction$1,332,462-48%3,1180$427$19,097,2412Lionsgate
8Killer Elite$1,280,401-40%2,9860$429$17,501,2862Open Road
9What's Your Number?$1,234,774-43%3,002--$411$5,421,6691Fox
10Contagion$1,137,820-50%2,744-392$415$64,569,6194Warner Bros.
11Drive (2011)$836,744-42%1,974-930$424$27,003,0293FilmDistrict
12The Help$792,316-41%2,505-190$316$159,373,0238Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$155,762-55%278-9$560$6,250,7194CodeBlack Entertainment
2The Debt$147,116-53%603-464$244$30,073,7515Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$136,400-47%591-587$231$174,482,6299Fox
4Captain America: The First Avenger$122,787-36%35016$351$175,330,41811Paramount
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$120,343-31%710-497$169$37,544,3877Weinstein Company
6Warrior (2011)$117,732-43%707-704$167$13,082,6674Lionsgate
7The Smurfs$100,391-38%411-258$244$138,809,04510Sony / Columbia
8Colombiana$99,379-49%412-435$241$35,845,4216Sony / TriStar
9Straw Dogs (2011)$99,231-49%874-1534$114$10,067,9033Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$96,744-45%745-1745$130$9,222,1133Weinstein Company
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$90,921-50%405-270$224$82,763,54010Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$78,426-37%252-68$311$379,245,61012Warner Bros.
13Zookeeper$60,952-38%253-41$241$79,912,19013Sony / Columbia
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$56,193-39%208-43$270$352,222,09814Paramount / DreamWorks
15Cowboys & Aliens$48,220-43%241-104$200$99,552,61110Universal
16Horrible Bosses$41,270-45%222-91$186$117,223,92613Warner Bros. / New Line
17Sarah's Key$33,545-28%139-12$241$6,770,09111Weinstein Company
18Shark Night 3D$33,197-54%292-345$114$18,492,1055Relativity Media
19Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$30,121-51%216-208$139$23,708,5106FilmDistrict
20Seven Days in Utopia$22,133-34%135-137$164$4,104,0635Visio Entertainment
21Bad Teacher$20,326-89%354122$57$100,226,01515Sony / Columbia
22Final Destination 5$20,028-43%144-110$139$42,520,9188Warner Bros. / New Line
23Mr. Popper's Penguins$19,657-42%103-50$191$68,131,16016Fox
24Our Idiot Brother$16,038-42%136-275$118$24,603,2246Weinstein Company
25Conan the Barbarian (2011)$15,929-25%11559$139$21,270,9047Lionsgate
26Apollo 18$14,679-38%114-225$129$17,486,0595Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$37,331-22%490$762$13,181,61926Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$25,315-25%3329$767$142,9312Relativity Media
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$16,057-29%34-14$472$355,2785Indomina Media
4Munger Road$7,750-38%1--$7,750$36,6051Freestyle Releasing
5Circumstance$6,360-22%23-6$277$345,7236Roadside Attractions
6Thunder Soul$4,478-38%13-22$344$81,3902Roadside Attractions
7Muran$4,102-44%10--$410$16,4901UTV Communications
8The Future$2,554-28%16-11$160$535,95710Roadside Attractions
9Margaret$2,429-20%2--$1,215$7,5251Fox Searchlight
10Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$2,196-43%9--$244$9,5481UTV Communications
11Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$1,939-33%6--$323$6,9111Freestyle Releasing
12Project Nim$76628%7-11$109$397,78513Roadside Attractions