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, Nov. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$2,377,57379%3,96311$600$83,309,1662Paramount / DreamWorks
2Tower Heist$1,801,34530%3,367--$535$30,691,8501Universal
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$1,121,27322%2,875--$390$17,322,3821Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$724,27037%3,1275$232$26,516,7372Fox
5Paranormal Activity 3$619,35448%3,286-43$188$97,197,5523Paramount
6Footloose (2011)$458,40883%2,811-413$163$46,040,7784Paramount
7The Rum Diary$309,99910%2,29220$135$11,567,9842FilmDistrict
8Real Steel$303,85061%2,438-476$125$79,748,1165Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$190,14720%1,391-181$137$37,414,0265Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$186,92745%1,1384$164$30,553,5886Sony / TriStar
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$179,45833%1,863-1154$96$18,670,3043Summit
12Moneyball$172,97833%1,278-353$135$70,791,5697Sony / Columbia
13Dolphin Tale$105,35780%1,105-733$95$68,940,7787Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$137,70626%514249$268$3,171,3912Sony / Columbia
250/50$107,47635%747-447$144$33,334,1156Summit
3Margin Call$64,63910%17838$363$2,766,6833Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$57,96050%644-910$90$7,924,7903Universal
5The Way$42,69219%224-34$191$2,298,9555Producers Distribution Agency
6Sarah's Key$37,65917%318289$118$7,477,40316Weinstein Company
7Contagion$26,90143%260-151$103$74,553,4489Warner Bros.
8The Thing (2011)$26,88017%384-1010$70$16,842,5254Universal
9Drive (2011)$22,82812%136-58$168$34,153,8458FilmDistrict
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$18,81531%199-32$95$176,202,65114Fox
11Dream House$16,49543%330-255$50$21,204,5256Universal
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$16,13230%172-78$94$84,162,42615Warner Bros.
13Abduction$13,19240%207-144$64$27,411,7907Lionsgate
14The Mighty Macs$11,62623%101-288$115$1,771,5553Quaker Media
15The Big Year$10,58433%213-210$50$7,049,4414Fox
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$9,67551%22562$43$380,901,82117Warner Bros.
17What's Your Number?$7,2109%10240$71$13,965,0116Fox
18Killer Elite$5,84912%119-138$49$25,027,8787Open Road
19Captain America: The First Avenger$5,84255%102-37$57$176,654,50516Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1J. Edgar$45,889-13%7--$6,556$98,5340Warner Bros.
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$45,4277%9866$464$1,200,0463Fox Searchlight
3Like Crazy$30,97423%1612$1,936$551,2662Paramount Vantage
4Born to Be Wild 3D$21,59048%490$441$14,027,04531Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Double (2011)$8,0527%4534$179$128,2362Image Entertainment
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,13989%98-53$52$38,369,78412Weinstein Company
7Inni$3,7483%75$535$57,1542Cinema Purgatorio
8Apollo 18$3,38526%93-27$36$17,675,92110Weinstein Company
9Our Idiot Brother$2,84716%35-16$81$24,802,27511Weinstein Company
10Laugh at My Pain$2,46752%38-13$65$7,682,1839CodeBlack Entertainment
11The Son of No One$2,37830%10--$238$26,1871Anchor Bay Films
12Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,25314%52-23$43$24,028,64511FilmDistrict
13Shark Night 3D$1,88947%44-46$43$18,844,57210Relativity Media
14Machine Gun Preacher$1,28647%12-1$107$524,7477Relativity Media
15Munger Road$85333%9-1$95$261,2776Freestyle Releasing
16Circumstance$722142%5-2$144$438,41511Roadside Attractions
17Texas Killing Fields$57413%103$57$44,5634Anchor Bay Films
18I Don't Know How She Does It$423-30%8-6$53$9,610,5018Weinstein Company
19Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$392120%5-1$78$486,76210Indomina Media
20Dirty Girl$268-25%65$45$55,1255Weinstein Company
21Project Nim$14955%30$50$406,80918Roadside Attractions
22The Future$42-82%50$8$567,72515Roadside Attractions