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 Wed, May. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$13,612,910-23%4,349--$3,130$257,627,8071Disney
2Think Like a Man$555,668-22%2,010-5$276$75,054,3093Sony / Screen Gems
3The Five-Year Engagement$529,380-22%2,9415$180$20,809,3852Universal
4The Hunger Games$461,344-14%2,794-778$165$382,035,9947Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$457,210-22%3,005-170$152$49,239,6373Warner Bros.
6The Pirates! Band of Misfits$303,199-15%3,3580$90$19,598,3172Sony / Columbia
7The Raven$288,437-16%2,2096$131$13,072,6652Relativity Media
8Safe (2012)$276,894-27%2,2715$122$13,999,8952Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$204,173-18%1,531-36$133$23,744,3843Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$188,421-10%1,669-970$113$38,594,8954Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$103,854-25%1,040-780$100$134,361,2418Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$99,046-19%2,174-931$46$39,984,7504Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$72,760-29%856-1298$85$55,545,0405Universal
2Mirror Mirror$56,147-11%922-1095$61$60,340,6306Relativity Media
3Bully (2012)$47,062-9%2630$179$2,679,1826Weinstein Company
4Titanic 3D$38,450-14%333-1076$115$57,410,6735Paramount
5Wrath of the Titans$37,259-13%715-857$52$81,734,1786Warner Bros.
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$33,7561%247-88$137$8,319,3129CBS Films
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$28,425-16%521-362$55$209,128,41510Universal
8Lockout$16,7137%311-948$54$13,941,3134Open Road
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$16,681-20%303-98$55$102,327,91913Warner Bros. / New Line
10Safe House$11,295-1%175-54$65$126,053,19513Universal
11Act of Valor$9,279-10%193-92$48$69,853,04411Relativity Media
12This Means War$8,858-4%171-61$52$54,510,22112Fox
13A Thousand Words$6,786-14%140-29$48$18,207,3379Paramount
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$5,806-25%143104$41$34,957,64611Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$86,348-1%27--$3,198$988,9711Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$45,9804%500$920$1,149,2663Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$26,45753%340$778$18,697,59957Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sound of My Voice$7,96913%2823$285$124,0922Fox Searchlight
5Casa de mi Padre$4,1070%6832$60$5,861,2708Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$3,7359%47-32$79$4,200,6188Paramount Vantage
7Chronicle$3,7243%78-43$48$64,483,36814Fox
8Project X (2012)$3,423-5%72-83$48$54,708,36910Warner Bros.
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,06549%75-36$41$133,037,53021Fox
10The Artist$2,44434%41-9$60$44,248,70524Weinstein Company
11Undefeated$2,391150%13-7$184$535,56112Weinstein Company
12Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,181-19%30-37$73$1,144,2504Code Black Entertainment
13Friends With Kids$2,021-17%34-19$59$7,191,5139Roadside Attractions
14Coriolanus$1,86725%184$104$732,59616Weinstein Company
15Blue Like Jazz$1,81927%20-26$91$582,3044Roadside Attractions
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$729-12%17-10$43$43,448,46013Fox
17Red Tails$55745%12-11$46$49,859,63416Fox
18Touchback$4901%12-16$41$198,7314Anchor Bay Films
19W.E.$248-49%6-4$41$583,05614Weinstein Company
20Albert Nobbs$7-65%5-11$1$3,013,85215Roadside Attractions