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, Dec. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$2,717,723-48%3,505--$775$13,019,1801Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$2,319,214-39%2,750--$843$9,851,4351Fox
3The Muppets$2,037,893-38%3,328-112$612$65,742,1283Disney
4Arthur Christmas$1,974,875-36%3,272-104$604$33,400,5983Sony / Columbia
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,965,014-42%3,604-442$545$259,402,6694Lionsgate / Summit
6Hugo$1,725,493-37%2,608768$662$33,414,7193Paramount
7Happy Feet Two$1,098,430-37%2,840-696$387$56,790,4054Warner Bros.
8Jack and Jill$740,667-50%2,787-262$266$68,527,3855Sony / Columbia
9Immortals$674,897-36%2,299-328$294$79,868,7325Relativity Media
10Tower Heist$506,905-55%2,069-335$245$74,122,1856Universal
11Puss in Boots (2011)$502,280-35%1,843-907$273$141,873,4747Paramount / DreamWorks
12J. Edgar$287,676-47%1,555-430$185$34,761,1115Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,053,989-48%876302$1,203$23,630,5614Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$220,442-36%2440$903$5,118,6613Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$121,030-39%470-240$258$33,986,2086Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$88,933-40%354-67$251$36,405,8927Fox
5Dolphin Tale$74,150-41%342-68$217$71,068,65212Warner Bros.
6Courageous$73,3213%191-74$384$33,333,63911Sony / TriStar
7Margin Call$44,308-50%148-2$299$4,947,0808Roadside Attractions
8Like Crazy$43,498-38%16210$269$3,147,0927Paramount Vantage
9Paranormal Activity 3$37,387-42%30247$124$103,629,0048Paramount
10Moneyball$32,557-56%208-796$157$74,176,91212Sony / Columbia
11The Ides of March$27,420-51%187-829$147$40,467,88110Sony / Columbia
12The Smurfs$23,903-41%181-146$132$142,614,15820Sony / Columbia
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$21,570-43%168-40$128$20,227,5178Summit
14Abduction$17,702-45%131-20$135$28,064,22612Lionsgate
1550/50$17,498-34%146-50$120$34,887,97811Summit
16Footloose (2011)$14,548-56%201-108$72$51,142,4549Paramount
17Contagion$10,780-46%111-44$97$75,638,74314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$100,561-16%4--$25,140$310,5621Focus
2Young Adult$95,567-24%8--$11,946$310,2631Paramount
3The Artist$91,785-27%1610$5,737$888,7413Weinstein Company
4Shame$86,855-23%2111$4,136$781,5012Fox Searchlight
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$34,080-39%251$1,363$297,1573Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,040-20%490$389$14,675,83536Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$13,759-40%72-12$191$2,821,0848Fox Searchlight
8Drive (2011)$13,326-34%70-16$190$34,677,49713FilmDistrict
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$10,125-39%61-23$166$176,698,08619Fox
10Pastorela$10,049-13%44-11$228$136,5702Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Rum Diary$9,154-17%630$145$13,070,4627FilmDistrict
12Anonymous$9,113-28%82-23$111$4,463,2927Sony / Columbia
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,941-32%23-8$84$38,536,37617Weinstein Company
14Circumstance$1,14111%1-1$1,141$452,60216Roadside Attractions
15Project Nim$698-29%2--$349$410,07723Roadside Attractions
16Inni$336-61%41$84$113,9727Cinema Purgatorio
17Answers to Nothing$204-62%7-14$29$21,3042Roadside Attractions
18Laugh at My Pain$161-65%3-2$54$7,705,97414CodeBlack Entertainment
19The Future$9280%1--$92$568,50920Roadside Attractions