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 Tue, Apr. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$3,293,283-21%4,1370$796$309,887,2223Lionsgate
2American Reunion$2,250,360-1%3,192--$705$26,046,7251Universal
3Titanic 3D$1,856,316-16%2,674--$694$29,703,9631Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$1,547,353-9%3,5450$436$61,863,0932Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$1,518,975-17%3,61815$420$39,924,4592Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$1,170,341-6%3,009-139$389$111,825,9714Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$780,780-22%3,003-261$260$199,991,1606Universal
8John Carter$102,917-15%1,015-1382$101$68,207,8305Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$138,60619%52441$265$4,911,8245CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$77,183-33%651-257$119$99,581,1709Warner Bros. / New Line
3Act of Valor$58,6110%708-531$83$68,881,6507Relativity Media
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$57,74623%447-66$129$3,504,9244Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$50,610-5%482-247$105$124,849,7809Universal
6A Thousand Words$50,468-16%507-500$100$17,533,1215Paramount
7Project X (2012)$46,4380%444-459$105$54,154,2646Warner Bros.
8The Vow$42,5711%479-35$89$124,007,0399Sony / Screen Gems
9Friends With Kids$32,31021%207-99$156$6,787,2355Roadside Attractions
10Casa de mi Padre$28,193-10%283-156$100$5,556,0394Lionsgate / Pantelion
11This Means War$27,389-4%321-254$85$53,533,1798Fox
12The Artist$25,9836%222-93$117$43,899,43020Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$23,61213%236-48$100$29,694,39815Weinstein Company
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$21,666-16%195-27$111$132,691,56817Fox
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$14,323-22%204-117$70$34,697,4077Lionsgate
16Chronicle$13,969-16%162-36$86$63,982,19010Fox
17Hugo$11,8325%101-73$117$73,843,17620Paramount
18Silent House (2012)$9,864-20%214-111$46$12,577,4675Open Road
19The Woman in Black$8,094-10%159-20$51$54,124,44510CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$7,530-10%102-48$74$209,380,78117Paramount
21Gone$7,173-7%12160$59$11,668,0497Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$34,5664%400$864$17,959,85453Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$11,219-4%61$1,870$257,1222Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$10,853-7%99-37$110$75,429,54716Fox
4The Descendants$7,52718%78-40$97$82,537,72621Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,365-10%4515$119$43,331,7539Fox
6Being Flynn$3,87024%33-7$117$533,3176Focus
7The Grey$3,476-6%67-137$52$51,540,77511Open Road
8W.E.$3,32221%210$158$525,23910Weinstein Company
9Red Tails$3,0901%55-46$56$49,765,77212Fox
10Coriolanus$2,916-7%171$172$640,30712Weinstein Company
11One For the Money$2,6539%49-53$54$26,409,83111Lionsgate
12Undefeated$2,3962%15-1$160$464,9308Weinstein Company
13Albert Nobbs$2,2455%301$75$2,966,85211Roadside Attractions