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, May. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$14,661,938-18%4,248--$3,451$69,254,7171Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$10,535,543-19%3,918-331$2,689$523,907,2024Disney
3Battleship$2,887,560-25%3,70212$780$47,443,3752Universal
4The Dictator$2,188,857-31%3,0146$726$43,313,5212Paramount
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,977,540-12%1,233879$1,604$18,564,2394Fox Searchlight
6Dark Shadows$1,934,859-25%3,404-351$568$64,922,1423Warner Bros.
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,677,646-26%3,0210$555$23,826,8132Lionsgate
8Chernobyl Diaries$1,399,817-31%2,433--$575$9,355,1241Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$701,977-15%1,421-643$494$396,022,16810Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Pirates! Band of Misfits$355,533-9%884-956$402$27,642,1255Sony / Columbia
2Think Like a Man$349,342-30%786-936$444$88,686,5486Sony / Screen Gems
3Bernie$258,014--194--$1,330$2,479,9745Millennium Entertainment
4Mirror Mirror$155,492-1%42215$368$62,356,2519Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$146,250-5%39011$375$210,985,80513Universal
6The Lucky One (2012)$137,450-25%615-1390$223$58,417,1126Warner Bros.
7Chimpanzee$127,359--368-527$346$27,815,8076Disneynature
821 Jump Street$108,241-48%364--$297$136,611,76311Sony / Columbia
9The Three Stooges$81,293-27%325-269$250$42,385,2207Fox
10The Five-Year Engagement$63,020-35%274-901$230$28,012,8605Universal
11Wrath of the Titans$60,977-25%255-105$239$82,988,7339Warner Bros.
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$53,513-10%175-70$306$103,164,12416Warner Bros. / New Line
13John Carter$50,172--175--$287$72,523,73112Disney
14The Cabin in the Woods$46,665-26%203-245$230$40,979,8107Lionsgate
15Girl in Progress$42,011-20%143-179$294$2,447,7743Lionsgate / Pantelion
16American Reunion$17,325-45%165-125$105$56,724,0808Universal
17The Raven$14,833-31%111-321$134$15,750,3365Relativity Media
18Safe (2012)$14,441-37%112-391$129$16,813,5695Lionsgate
19Bully (2012)$12,9049%104-100$124$3,309,9299Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$163,183-5%4--$40,796$686,1791Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$76,445-5%501$1,529$2,386,7916Warner Bros. / IMAX
3First Position$50,834--56--$908$544,1724IFC Films
4Hysteria$36,400--32--$1,138$230,4572Sony Pictures Classics
5Crooked Arrows$36,390-24%6712$543$493,2342Branded/Peck Films
6Headhunters$35,202--45--$782$605,7945Magnolia Pictures
7The Intouchables$33,497-11%4--$8,374$137,0041Weinstein Company
8Monsieur Lazhar$33,098--65--$509$1,483,22731Music Box Films
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$23,291-22%87-47$268$8,889,26912CBS Films
10Darling Companion$20,792--61--$341$539,2916Sony Pictures Classics
11Marley$20,351--53--$384$1,183,2806Magnolia Pictures
12Born to Be Wild 3D$19,207-3%340$565$19,088,24460Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Cowgirls n' Angels$16,724--50--$334$71,3991IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Jiro Dreams of Sushi$16,116--35--$460$2,285,28812Magnolia Pictures
15Polisse$14,097--14--$1,007$88,5382IFC Films
16Where Do We Go Now?$13,230--25--$529$134,7583Sony Pictures Classics
17Sound of My Voice$9,884-25%425$235$320,2655Fox Searchlight
18Titanic 3D$9,586-23%42-28$228$57,810,6088Paramount
19A Thousand Words$9,068-16%59-51$154$18,438,14912Paramount
20We Have a Pope$8,054--22--$366$434,5498IFC Films
21Footnote$7,980--31--$257$1,896,69712Sony Pictures Classics
22This Means War$6,145-14%44-46$140$54,725,89215Fox
23The Secret World of Arrietty$5,438--26--$209$19,178,30715Disney
24Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$5,167--3--$1,722$71,9623Rialto Pictures
25The Artist$4,112-7%20-83$206$44,579,48127Weinstein Company
26Elena (2012)$3,965--2--$1,983$37,8502Zeitgeist Films
27I Wish$3,435--5--$687$35,5553Magnolia Pictures
28Chronicle$3,395--20--$170$64,565,19117Fox
29Oslo, August 31st$3,337--2--$1,669$12,9011Strand Releasing
30The Kid With A Bike$3,301--20--$165$1,351,06711IFC Films
31Damsels in Distress$3,080--11--$280$827,6988Sony Pictures Classics
32Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,956--2--$1,478$131,85321Cinema Guild
33FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$2,868--9--$319$66,6434International Film Circuit
34The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$2,701--19--$142$1,061,73510Music Box Films
35Elles$2,569--8--$321$121,3195Kino Lorber
36The Perfect Family$2,463--6--$411$92,5244Variance Films
37OC87$2,217--1--$2,217$7,9501Fisher Klingenstein Films
38Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,180--22--$99$133,097,31724Fox
39God Bless America$2,015--15--$134$79,0803Magnolia / Magnet
40October Baby$1,932--16--$121$5,336,16731IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
41Act of Valor$1,864-45%39-57$48$70,004,36214Relativity Media
42The Raid: Redemption$1,803--12--$150$4,082,23410Sony Pictures Classics
43Friends With Kids$1,706-31%9-16$190$7,240,68312Roadside Attractions
44Undefeated$1,347-15%6-3$225$556,51215Weinstein Company
45Whores' Glory$1,150--2--$575$15,9305Kino Lorber
46A Separation$894--10--$89$7,079,54922Sony Pictures Classics
47Turn Me On, Dammit!$678--2--$339$72,2069New Yorker Films
48Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$671--3--$224$5,9682Music Box Films
49Surviving Progress$599--2--$300$35,8158First Run Features
50Beyond the Black Rainbow$536--2--$268$12,2652Magnolia / Magnet
51Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$511--1--$511$2,7411Music Box Films
52Red Tails$504-28%74$72$49,871,94419Fox
53Lovely Molly$48641%2-3$243$18,4632Image Entertainment
54Coriolanus$426-37%4-4$107$756,45219Weinstein Company
55Gerhard Richter Painting$386--3--$129$184,46011Kino Lorber
56Tonight You're Mine$380-44%3--$127$5,4663Roadside Attractions
57Virginia$351--2--$176$11,4202Entertainment One Films
58The Salt of Life$331--4--$83$302,06513Zeitgeist Films
59Goon$317--5--$63$4,168,1449Magnolia / Magnet
60Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$300--1--$300$4,4522First Run Features
61Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$224--7--$32$97,5213Magnolia Pictures
62The Hunter (2012)$208--3--$69$170,7528Magnolia Pictures
63The Women on the 6th Floor$202--2--$101$711,51234Strand Releasing
64Hit So Hard$201--3--$67$28,6207Variance Films
65Bonsai$200--2--$100$9,7883Strand Releasing
66Jesus Henry Christ$142--2--$71$18,5326Entertainment One Films
67The Fairy$138--1--$138$24,17914Kino Lorber
68Payback (2012)$60--1--$60$12,2215Zeitgeist Films
69Blue Like Jazz$47-78%3-4$16$594,5147Roadside Attractions
70Nobody Else But You$18--1--$18$7,0743First Run Features