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, Mar. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Act of Valor$1,575,9772%3,039--$519$31,539,3461Relativity Media
2Safe House$793,5204%3,052-69$260$100,964,4903Universal
3Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$683,14612%2,132--$320$18,744,6321Lionsgate
4The Vow$658,10211%3,03880$217$105,612,3493Sony / Screen Gems
5This Means War$585,7138%3,1890$184$35,838,6392Fox
6Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$517,3439%3,1740$163$40,180,7392Sony / Columbia
7Wanderlust$489,9950%2,002--$245$8,640,8151Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$475,0433%3,350-150$142$78,686,4993Warner Bros. / New Line
9Gone$269,7895%2,186--$123$5,947,9771Summit
10Chronicle$229,2376%1,797-759$128$58,915,2664Fox
11The Secret World of Arrietty$186,4213%1,5220$122$15,268,3802Disney
12Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$178,92413%1,618-1037$111$41,118,3333Fox
13The Woman in Black$167,56314%1,727-832$97$51,086,9154CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$326,4470%966158$338$33,188,41814Weinstein Company
2Hugo$156,747-1%501-57$313$70,066,57714Paramount
3The Descendants$152,5781%889-354$172$79,100,72615Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$105,5563%522-101$202$26,156,0049Weinstein Company
5The Grey$76,4349%917-1190$83$50,473,5505Open Road
6Big Miracle$43,96017%628-1006$70$19,060,5804Universal
7Red Tails$35,656-25%489-520$73$48,832,8216Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$33,2060%402282$83$14,209,70414Weinstein Company
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$32,83512%333-70$99$186,013,79311Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$29,959-3%164-20$183$23,402,22612Focus
11Underworld Awakening$25,66914%260-566$99$62,248,7696Sony / Screen Gems
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$22,4588%178-97$126$207,861,46011Paramount
13War Horse$19,8976%213-181$93$79,120,99810Disney / DreamWorks
14The Adventures of Tintin$19,1333%272-31$70$76,980,84210Paramount
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$18,3955%311-89$59$130,459,22911Fox
16Joyful Noise$18,26719%277-63$66$30,653,3137Warner Bros.
17Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$18,2324%280-297$65$31,290,36710Warner Bros.
18Contraband$17,82513%197-223$90$66,241,4457Universal
19We Bought a Zoo$17,42817%280-7$62$74,162,95310Fox
20One For the Money$14,80530%229-704$65$26,001,1585Lionsgate
21Albert Nobbs$12,7047%100-19$127$2,659,1485Roadside Attractions
22Puss in Boots (2011)$6,81010%138-25$49$149,260,50418Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,125-13%40-5$478$16,696,85447Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Man on a Ledge$5,58214%76-325$73$18,620,0005Lionsgate
3Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$5,048-20%48--$105$122,8151UTV Communications
4Shame$5,01710%25-19$201$3,826,82413Fox Searchlight
5W.E.$4,906-2%15-5$327$283,8854Weinstein Company
6Haywire$4,2066%37-42$114$18,843,0616Relativity Media
7Happy Feet Two$3,66419%85-50$43$63,948,71915Warner Bros.
8Undefeated$2,5740%50$515$81,8282Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$2,3636%130$182$719,5619Focus
10Coriolanus$2,0135%8-5$252$373,1046Weinstein Company
11The Darkest Hour$1,850-61%94-19$20$21,443,49410Summit
12Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$1,789-12%35-63$51$1,139,7253UTV Communications
13In the Land of Blood and Honey$68040%4-4$170$295,03110FilmDistrict
14The Devil Inside$545-21%25-9$22$53,196,5508Paramount