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, Dec. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,518,218-12%3,4480$2,470$94,737,6392Paramount
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,557,259-4%3,683-43$1,780$69,837,1512Fox
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,515,996-11%3,7030$1,760$103,691,1982Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,166,138-9%2,9140$1,430$36,615,5511Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$4,147,004-10%3,0870$1,343$31,923,2151Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$4,049,507-6%3,117--$1,299$23,399,8161Fox
7War Horse$3,714,009-11%2,376--$1,563$22,414,5241Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$1,701,2722%2,225-826$765$37,896,5853Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,242,087-15%2,324--$534$7,766,5561Summit
10The Muppets$1,012,4270%1,536-323$659$78,852,3185Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$753,282-2%1,411-411$534$272,707,3276Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$542,568-7%1,486-987$365$24,112,9483Fox
13Arthur Christmas$378,704-10%1,524-581$248$44,775,4975Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$805,549-3%753-82$1,070$35,199,0446Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$726,017-6%951-536$763$46,247,2605Paramount
3Young Adult$622,428-5%9871$631$9,355,8263Paramount
4The Artist$303,3032%167150$1,816$3,415,2635Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$268,6981%389-368$691$144,452,8929Paramount / DreamWorks
6My Week with Marilyn$241,6714%602358$401$7,769,2425Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$146,3726%525-235$279$60,258,1576Warner Bros.
8Jack and Jill$63,4511%242-435$262$71,455,7787Sony / Columbia
9J. Edgar$63,0203%4550$139$36,260,5427Warner Bros.
10Moneyball$58,250-1%2420$241$74,696,78214Sony / Columbia
11Dolphin Tale$57,0121%188-62$303$71,750,66314Warner Bros.
12Tower Heist$53,8650%283-135$190$76,425,7258Universal
13Courageous$46,3586%1925$241$33,837,38413Sony / TriStar
14Immortals$38,263-4%228-988$168$82,493,3887Relativity Media
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$34,167-7%2450$139$34,762,4418Warner Bros. / New Line
16Footloose (2011)$29,67411%182-71$163$51,523,39911Paramount
17In Time$22,17111%112-161$198$36,933,9409Fox
18The Ides of March$21,206-6%1454$146$40,719,17512Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity 3$15,41811%124-82$124$103,923,43010Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$231,384-2%5539$4,207$2,625,9763Focus
2Shame$56,9815%500$1,140$1,708,2294Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$49,4635%490$1,009$15,006,09538Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$30,7729%6--$5,129$173,7031Warner Bros.
5Pariah (2011)$21,824--4--$5,456$21,8240Focus
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$14,80812%20-2$740$668,3925Warner Bros.
7The Way$14,7603%27-66$547$4,101,10712Producers Distribution Agency
8Margin Call$6,734-32%30-91$224$5,214,82910Roadside Attractions
9Drive (2011)$5,13914%26-30$198$34,802,97615FilmDistrict
10In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,85110%3--$1,617$34,7071FilmDistrict
11Like Crazy$4,60537%30-70$154$3,353,7649Paramount Vantage
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$4,45619%37-86$120$20,370,52410Summit
13Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,6273%15-24$175$2,897,45710Fox Searchlight
1450/50$2,273-10%31-80$73$35,011,67313Summit
15Inni$153233%1--$153$116,8379Cinema Purgatorio