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 Thu, Oct. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$2,315,2128%3,321--$697$62,774,6541Paramount
2Footloose (2011)$695,22810%3,5556$196$33,042,7992Paramount
3Real Steel$594,6268%3,412-28$174$69,158,2673Disney / DreamWorks
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$579,165-1%3,017--$192$11,339,8781Summit
5The Ides of March$413,548-2%2,042-157$203$30,796,1833Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$349,691-2%2,353-487$149$65,021,0505Sony / Columbia
7Dolphin Tale$298,15929%2,828-458$105$65,401,8645Warner Bros.
8The Thing (2011)$285,0056%2,995-1$95$15,217,7502Universal
950/50$267,763-3%1,932-459$139$29,931,7134Summit
10Courageous$238,59919%1,195-19$200$25,843,8794Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$224,88016%1,552--$145$4,771,7701Universal
12The Big Year$145,5033%2,1500$68$6,593,0802Fox
13The Lion King 3D$86,91916%1,091-879$80$92,939,7066Disney
14Dream House$67,03010%1,224-948$55$20,436,5804Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$93,57721%975--$96$1,285,6941Quaker Media
2The Help$87,6819%776-491$113$166,511,40111Disney / DreamWorks
3Contagion$76,4847%901-783$85$73,766,4667Warner Bros.
4The Way$59,9607%283--$212$1,251,7573Producers Distribution Agency
5Drive (2011)$59,908-6%367-336$163$33,453,4746FilmDistrict
6Killer Elite$43,4410%751-680$58$24,801,1785Open Road
7Abduction$40,8979%753-954$54$26,958,1125Lionsgate
8What's Your Number?$26,908-9%343-939$78$13,813,1524Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$26,8574%308146$87$83,750,92013Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$22,69521%249-24$91$175,713,76712Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$18,32316%240-90$76$380,596,55415Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$12,2965%184-62$67$176,472,74714Paramount
13The Debt$11,237-4%119-81$94$31,096,3838Focus
14Cowboys & Aliens$9,7907%131-77$75$100,154,60113Universal
15Laugh at My Pain$8,5323%103-85$83$7,593,1117CodeBlack Entertainment
16Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,3800%178-133$30$38,219,22010Weinstein Company
17Shark Night 3D$4,295-2%102-13$42$18,751,2378Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$46,820-10%56--$836$761,2471Roadside Attractions
2Born to Be Wild 3D$21,30652%490$435$13,733,19529Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Martha Marcy May Marlene$14,666-4%4--$3,667$198,9941Fox Searchlight
4Machine Gun Preacher$4,3568%25-18$174$492,7145Relativity Media
5Our Idiot Brother$4,303-5%7938$54$24,751,0719Weinstein Company
6Warrior (2011)$3,14518%65-70$48$13,643,9267Lionsgate
7Labios Rojos$2,68510%43-24$62$132,1872Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Horrible Bosses$2,6302%50-35$53$117,538,55916Warner Bros. / New Line
9Sarah's Key$2,281-58%48-38$48$7,043,28014Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,04816%53-27$39$23,933,5479FilmDistrict
11Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,96038%21--$93$481,0648Indomina Media
12Munger Road$1,64426%16-16$103$226,3264Freestyle Releasing
13Circumstance$1,43241%10-9$143$423,7469Roadside Attractions
14I Don't Know How She Does It$1,401107%29-78$48$9,598,9456Weinstein Company
15Texas Killing Fields$942-32%41$236$28,0132Anchor Bay Films
16The Future$79652%14--$57$562,75213Roadside Attractions
17Dirty Girl$7839%5-5$157$50,6883Weinstein Company
18Apollo 18$54018%13-5$42$17,554,3798Weinstein Company
19Project Nim$178-69%128$15$405,38016Roadside Attractions
20Thunder Soul$51-31%4-8$13$143,4035Roadside Attractions