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. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$5,497,935190%2,0150$2,729$48,365,9932Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$3,901,251178%3,17520$1,229$32,502,4072Warner Bros.
3The Five-Year Engagement$3,478,500--2,936--$1,185$3,478,5001Universal
4The Hunger Games$2,992,968187%3,572-180$838$364,197,7186Lionsgate
5The Pirates! Band of Misfits$2,749,959--3,358--$819$2,749,9591Sony / Columbia
6Safe (2012)$2,620,179--2,266--$1,156$2,620,1791Lionsgate
7The Raven$2,526,313--2,203--$1,147$2,526,3131Relativity Media
8Chimpanzee$1,601,756112%1,5674$1,022$15,294,6882Disneynature
9The Cabin in the Woods$1,419,205112%2,639-172$538$31,583,0453Lionsgate
10The Three Stooges$1,298,995205%3,105-377$418$33,039,5393Fox
11American Reunion$915,45095%2,154-879$425$51,479,2854Universal
1221 Jump Street$900,824111%1,820-607$495$129,838,3427Sony / Columbia
13Mirror Mirror$562,95394%2,017-921$279$57,200,3755Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$527,87264%1,572-930$336$79,071,6835Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$515,78738%1,409-1106$366$54,882,9294Paramount
16Lockout$277,9024%1,259-1076$221$12,667,4323Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$194,26076%883-700$220$207,781,9409Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$129,505289%401-43$323$101,500,71012Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$114,37550%335-111$341$7,464,7038CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$96,62841%2630$367$1,893,1075Weinstein Company
5This Means War$56,495225%232-61$244$54,232,97811Fox
6Safe House$49,130135%229-72$215$125,738,95512Universal
7Act of Valor$43,846156%28556$154$69,570,13810Relativity Media
8The Vow$39,088--218-79$179$124,728,63812Sony / Screen Gems
9A Thousand Words$29,794490%1691$176$17,984,8468Paramount
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$25,092--127-48$198$51,596,03511Sony / Columbia
11Project X (2012)$24,20755%155-103$156$54,583,0469Warner Bros.
12Chronicle$20,395135%121-16$169$64,361,10213Fox
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$9,29690%111-24$84$132,951,17220Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$72,08742%500$1,442$507,0882Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$31,02217%342$912$18,449,00756Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$21,06322%67-39$314$1,022,1873Code Black Entertainment
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$16,01127%79-43$203$4,096,8717Paramount Vantage
5Sound of My Voice$12,336--5--$2,467$12,3361Fox Searchlight
6Blue Like Jazz$12,265-14%46-80$267$526,8443Roadside Attractions
7Friends With Kids$10,33022%53-30$195$7,133,7018Roadside Attractions
8The Woman in Black$8,875144%63-27$141$54,302,59613CBS Films
9Touchback$8,832107%28-41$315$165,7553Anchor Bay Films
10The Artist$7,5256%50-36$151$44,189,20023Weinstein Company
11We Bought a Zoo$6,575108%52-14$126$75,567,33419Fox
12Casa de mi Padre$5,44354%36-22$151$5,796,2227Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$5,030110%39-42$129$34,866,89810Lionsgate
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$4,88193%27-5$181$43,416,18512Fox
15Red Tails$4,629160%23-16$201$49,837,18315Fox
16Coriolanus$4,249197%140$304$695,70415Weinstein Company
17Silent House (2012)$4,10654%22-37$187$12,742,6798Open Road
18Undefeated$3,493288%203$175$511,80911Weinstein Company
19W.E.$2,22575%10-5$223$572,00913Weinstein Company
20Albert Nobbs$1,320-29%161$83$3,003,46614Roadside Attractions