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, Mar. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$21,404,460-32%3,729--$5,740$70,217,0701Universal
2Project X (2012)$5,298,439-31%3,055--$1,734$21,051,3631Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$3,682,323-39%3,05314$1,206$45,111,9242Relativity Media
4Safe House$1,978,575-43%2,553-499$775$108,355,4254Universal
5Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,937,173-40%3,060-290$633$85,233,8734Warner Bros. / New Line
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,811,595-47%2,1320$850$25,791,6932Lionsgate
7The Vow$1,402,822-49%2,826-212$496$111,623,4964Sony / Screen Gems
8Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,297,483-42%2,487-687$522$44,826,3763Sony / Columbia
9This Means War$1,290,112-50%2,342-847$551$41,399,9623Fox
10The Artist$994,382-41%1,756790$566$36,813,98915Weinstein Company
11Wanderlust$980,980-44%2,0020$490$12,484,6552Universal
12Gone$660,429-53%2,1860$302$8,949,8392Summit
13Chronicle$495,840-46%1,054-743$470$60,846,6975Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$478,537-32%1,431-91$334$16,753,0243Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hugo$356,519-40%406-95$878$71,300,19515Paramount
2Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$345,774-35%731-887$473$42,218,7794Fox
3The Descendants$323,070-50%694-195$466$80,392,54316Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$245,970-38%511-11$481$27,006,91310Weinstein Company
5The Woman in Black$244,842-57%812-915$302$52,241,3905CBS Films
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$101,600-41%3143$324$130,804,28112Fox
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$79,925-39%256131$312$102,068,88811Sony / Columbia
8Big Miracle$78,980-44%359-269$220$19,362,1405Universal
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$66,259-51%126-38$526$23,665,41513Focus
10The Grey$66,111-45%308-609$215$50,735,5106Open Road
11We Bought a Zoo$65,027-44%266-14$244$74,406,78211Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$61,802-50%266-67$232$186,271,35112Warner Bros.
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$60,461-43%30323$200$31,516,40411Warner Bros.
14The Adventures of Tintin$54,319-40%215-57$253$77,167,15711Paramount
15Red Tails$49,403-43%249-240$198$49,023,7167Fox
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$37,419-51%107-71$350$208,019,61312Paramount
17My Week with Marilyn$36,383-41%120-282$303$14,340,55115Weinstein Company
18Joyful Noise$31,295-41%202-75$155$30,769,1398Warner Bros.
19Contraband$31,080-45%148-49$210$66,362,0658Universal
20One For the Money$16,221-41%117-112$139$26,060,7546Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$30,370-20%400$759$16,793,00748Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$22,569-40%138$1,736$164,0583Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$20,275-30%68-32$298$2,723,0746Roadside Attractions
4Underworld Awakening$20,003-40%79-181$253$62,321,0397Sony / Screen Gems
5Happy Feet Two$16,054-18%850$189$63,992,32816Warner Bros.
6W.E.$14,027-27%194$738$327,5085Weinstein Company
7Being Flynn$11,652-41%4--$2,913$43,9901Focus
8Coriolanus$10,826-37%146$773$410,2667Weinstein Company
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$9,738-33%26-22$375$155,2472UTV Communications
10Shame$9,302-28%22-3$423$3,856,51614Fox Searchlight
11Paan Singh Tomar$6,863-29%10--$686$20,5681UTV Communications
12Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$2,977-44%25-10$119$1,150,1304UTV Communications
13Pariah (2011)$2,692-52%130$207$730,36210Focus
14Haywire$2,014-60%32-5$63$18,852,9517Relativity Media
15In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,949-24%84$244$301,30511FilmDistrict
16The Devil Inside$1,473-33%17-8$87$53,201,7159Paramount