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 Fri, Apr. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$6,403,525126%3,916-221$1,635$321,973,0644Lionsgate
2The Three Stooges$5,621,382--3,477--$1,617$5,621,3821Fox
3The Cabin in the Woods$5,540,858--2,811--$1,971$5,540,8581Lionsgate
4American Reunion$3,427,210121%3,20311$1,070$32,665,9352Universal
5Titanic 3D$3,336,941117%2,69723$1,237$36,130,5112Paramount
6Lockout$2,222,177--2,308--$963$2,222,1771Open Road
7Mirror Mirror$2,051,33471%3,206-412$640$44,519,5953Relativity Media
821 Jump Street$2,042,071112%2,735-274$747$115,806,8845Sony / Columbia
9Wrath of the Titans$1,946,15360%3,102-443$627$66,291,9493Warner Bros.
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$865,92028%2,112-891$410$202,328,5507Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$254,86399%435-89$586$5,431,2546CBS Films
2Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$218,423--102--$2,141$218,4231Code Black Entertainment
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$189,460141%502-149$377$99,931,55710Warner Bros. / New Line
4Bully (2012)$160,8051399%158152$1,018$440,0073Weinstein Company
5Blue Like Jazz$106,528--136--$783$106,5281Roadside Attractions
6Safe House$100,170118%371-111$270$125,039,31510Universal
7John Carter$95,347-2%446-569$214$68,495,9086Disney
8This Means War$86,539237%283-38$306$53,671,3369Fox
9The Vow$79,95094%335-144$239$124,169,17710Sony / Screen Gems
10Act of Valor$75,46122%352-356$214$69,077,1768Relativity Media
11Jeff Who Lives at Home$62,99120%183-264$344$3,673,6355Paramount Vantage
12A Thousand Words$55,51320%277-230$200$17,683,0376Paramount
13Chronicle$51,208244%1653$310$64,062,81611Fox
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$39,907--216-61$185$51,253,4919Sony / Columbia
15Friends With Kids$36,98529%113-94$327$6,880,1136Roadside Attractions
16Project X (2012)$34,366-5%145-299$237$54,264,4017Warner Bros.
17The Iron Lady$30,05430%146-90$206$29,769,89916Weinstein Company
18The Artist$27,3637%121-101$226$43,975,89821Weinstein Company
19The Woman in Black$24,983190%122-37$205$54,166,36111CBS Films
20Casa de mi Padre$24,970-7%121-162$206$5,635,8865Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$23,36114%153-42$153$132,756,98918Fox
22Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$20,95344%125-79$168$34,745,8118Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$43,91411%400$1,098$18,087,50854Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Silent House (2012)$28,152190%59-155$477$12,624,8566Open Road
3Touchback$21,734--50--$435$21,7341Anchor Bay Films
4We Bought a Zoo$14,97444%83-16$180$75,465,87017Fox
5Red Tails$8,577151%43-12$199$49,780,82313Fox
6The Grey$7,06488%13-54$543$51,555,39712Open Road
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,00632%33-12$212$43,349,55710Fox
8The Descendants$6,54313%41-37$160$82,556,49322Fox Searchlight
9Coriolanus$5,651140%181$314$650,71813Weinstein Company
10Undefeated$5,425131%172$319$475,7109Weinstein Company
11W.E.$3,62313%17-4$213$534,95411Weinstein Company
12Albert Nobbs$1,010-62%12-18$84$2,973,22712Roadside Attractions