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 Sat, Mar. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,286,31079%3,729--$8,390$48,812,6101Universal
2Project X (2012)$7,627,045-6%3,055--$2,497$15,752,9241Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$6,081,51360%3,05314$1,992$41,429,6012Relativity Media
4Safe House$3,484,84581%2,553-499$1,365$106,376,8504Universal
5Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,400,70585%2,1320$1,595$23,980,0982Lionsgate
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$3,240,778137%3,060-290$1,059$83,296,7004Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Vow$2,758,33949%2,826-212$976$110,220,6744Sony / Screen Gems
8This Means War$2,593,03555%2,342-847$1,107$40,109,8503Fox
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$2,230,930100%2,487-687$897$43,528,8933Sony / Columbia
10Wanderlust$1,751,75058%2,0020$875$11,503,6752Universal
11The Artist$1,692,38880%1,756790$964$35,819,60715Weinstein Company
12Gone$1,397,68348%2,1860$639$8,289,4102Summit
13Chronicle$911,98274%1,054-743$865$60,350,8575Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$707,432137%1,431-91$494$16,274,4873Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$646,475101%694-195$932$80,069,47316Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$593,273109%406-95$1,461$70,943,67615Paramount
3The Woman in Black$564,56164%812-915$695$51,996,5485CBS Films
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$535,129144%731-887$732$41,873,0054Fox
5The Iron Lady$399,88095%511-11$783$26,760,94310Weinstein Company
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$171,425138%3143$546$130,702,68112Fox
7Big Miracle$140,01070%359-269$390$19,283,1605Universal
8Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$134,196114%126-38$1,065$23,599,15613Focus
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$131,56376%256131$514$101,988,96311Sony / Columbia
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$124,32774%266-67$467$186,209,54912Warner Bros.
11The Grey$119,83764%308-609$389$50,669,3996Open Road
12We Bought a Zoo$117,01689%266-14$440$74,341,75511Fox
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$105,18374%30323$347$31,455,94311Warner Bros.
14The Adventures of Tintin$90,424118%215-57$421$77,112,83811Paramount
15Red Tails$87,07460%249-240$350$48,974,3137Fox
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$76,67674%107-71$717$207,982,19412Paramount
17My Week with Marilyn$62,17993%120-282$518$14,304,16815Weinstein Company
18Contraband$56,98075%148-49$385$66,330,9858Universal
19Joyful Noise$53,18470%202-75$263$30,737,8448Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$27,28770%117-112$233$26,044,5336Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$38,02637%400$951$16,762,63748Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$37,92674%138$2,917$141,4893Weinstein Company
3Underworld Awakening$33,23475%79-181$421$62,301,0367Sony / Screen Gems
4Albert Nobbs$29,05499%68-32$427$2,702,7996Roadside Attractions
5Being Flynn$19,66155%4--$4,915$32,3381Focus
6Happy Feet Two$19,561145%850$230$63,976,27416Warner Bros.
7W.E.$19,15984%194$1,008$313,4815Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$17,31192%146$1,237$399,4407Weinstein Company
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$14,56979%26-22$560$145,5092UTV Communications
10Shame$12,94474%22-3$588$3,847,21414Fox Searchlight
11Paan Singh Tomar$9,604134%10--$960$13,7051UTV Communications
12Pariah (2011)$5,573120%130$429$727,67010Focus
13Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$5,350157%25-10$214$1,147,1534UTV Communications
14Haywire$5,01075%32-5$157$18,850,9377Relativity Media
15In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,55344%84$319$299,35611FilmDistrict
16The Devil Inside$2,21049%17-8$130$53,200,2429Paramount