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 Mon, Mar. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,426,660-70%3,74617$915$125,151,5102Universal
2John Carter$2,534,120-68%3,749--$676$32,714,3081Disney
3Project X (2012)$1,188,192-56%3,0550$389$40,905,2902Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$671,029-64%2,951-102$227$56,763,5033Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$525,364-66%1,890--$278$6,701,6441Paramount
6Silent House (2012)$488,013-63%2,124--$230$7,149,2471Open Road
7Safe House$451,300-63%2,144-409$210$116,056,6255Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$421,076-60%2,525-535$167$91,063,0755Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Vow$357,593-59%2,478-348$144$117,813,8245Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$346,527-59%1,949-393$178$47,241,9374Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$236,674-67%1,516-616$156$30,683,1273Lionsgate
12Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$193,415-64%1,804-683$107$48,258,6854Sony / Columbia
13The Artist$188,372-64%1,505-251$125$40,423,30516Weinstein Company
14Wanderlust$164,090-59%1,220-782$135$15,681,8553Universal
15Gone$79,567-57%1,144-1042$70$10,806,6373Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$161,531-68%369--$438$2,180,6141Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$100,320-58%595-459$169$62,367,7616Fox
3The Descendants$56,184-66%517-177$109$81,510,80817Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$55,606-62%447-64$124$27,987,39711Weinstein Company
5Hugo$54,712-68%313-93$175$72,323,83116Paramount
6The Woman in Black$49,764-55%433-379$115$53,081,0476CBS Films
7The Secret World of Arrietty$46,122-67%501-930$92$17,619,0874Disney
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$39,919-51%287-27$139$131,227,44413Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$35,254-56%229122$154$208,429,80813Paramount
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$28,755-73%258-473$111$42,874,5095Fox
11We Bought a Zoo$22,601-55%228-38$99$74,692,47812Fox
12The Adventures of Tintin$20,571-54%153-62$134$77,405,23812Paramount
13Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$16,052-61%109-17$147$23,938,19614Focus
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$15,162-58%208-58$73$186,538,52813Warner Bros.
15Big Miracle$14,280-61%238-121$60$19,609,0456Universal
16The Grey$13,085-64%151-157$87$50,973,1267Open Road
17Red Tails$10,440-65%178-71$59$49,353,6288Fox
18Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,433-64%202-101$52$31,721,52612Warner Bros.
19My Week with Marilyn$8,978-62%1200$75$14,495,28116Weinstein Company
20Contraband$8,925-63%119-29$75$66,498,3509Universal
21Joyful Noise$5,013-69%103-99$49$30,872,7199Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$22,651-31%400$566$17,030,43149Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$18,890-69%18--$1,049$244,7841CBS Films
3Albert Nobbs$6,267-43%45-23$139$2,797,6757Roadside Attractions
4Undefeated$5,581-67%130$429$259,9694Weinstein Company
5Haywire$5,468-53%8250$67$18,903,6478Relativity Media
6Coriolanus$5,323-62%195$280$480,1138Weinstein Company
7Being Flynn$4,087-66%128$341$107,0732Focus
8W.E.$3,902-65%245$163$388,8646Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$2,999-53%196$158$761,09811Focus
10One For the Money$2,967-66%64-53$46$26,122,7357Lionsgate
11Shame$2,523-55%20-2$126$3,898,62415Fox Searchlight
12Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$866-69%10-16$87$172,6423UTV Communications
13Paan Singh Tomar$225-90%5-5$45$34,1382UTV Communications
14The Devil Inside$162-60%10-7$16$53,205,92110Paramount
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$150-60%4-21$38$1,153,5105UTV Communications