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, Oct. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$18,358,057--3,661--$5,014$18,358,0571Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$6,487,462305%3,3523$1,935$56,145,9942Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$4,889,050958%2,7702435$1,765$11,735,2582Universal
4Looper$3,507,278118%2,9931$1,172$31,607,9292Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$3,324,779--3,005--$1,106$3,324,7791Disney
6End of Watch$1,162,02386%2,370-410$490$30,007,9693Open Road
7House at the End of the Street$1,156,134200%2,720-363$425$24,989,2783Relativity Media
8Trouble with the Curve$1,147,887106%3,003-209$382$26,987,7103Warner Bros.
9Finding Nemo 3D$377,75056%1,746-893$216$37,792,2114Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$315,71721%1,361-1020$232$40,166,4474Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$305,90559%2,5172$122$3,773,4182Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$498,406117%8648$577$10,973,7354Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$483,328393%221119$2,187$2,265,6673Lionsgate / Summit
3The Possession$184,520115%821-797$225$47,952,4036Lionsgate
4Dredd 3D$182,667-28%831-1726$220$12,233,0813Lionsgate
5The Dark Knight Rises$179,194118%575-80$312$444,874,39912Warner Bros.
6Arbitrage$152,538121%244-11$625$5,564,7944Roadside Attractions
7The Bourne Legacy$103,63080%482-342$215$112,034,3059Universal
8Lawless$101,9376%611-892$167$36,776,7366Weinstein Company
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$82,28836%534-653$154$50,011,4278Disney
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$68,736191%300-87$229$159,241,76613Fox
11ParaNorman$68,15553%342-867$199$54,186,7708Focus
12Hope Springs (2012)$62,889--439-252$143$63,176,8439Sony / Columbia
13The Campaign$54,46715%303-327$180$86,144,0029Warner Bros.
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$44,562328%257-75$173$48,120,08610Fox
15The Expendables 2$43,752-1%313-502$140$84,246,4868Lionsgate
16Ted (2012)$43,010112%187-38$230$218,240,31015Universal
17Barfi!$39,138172%110-17$356$2,568,0624UTV Communications
18The Amazing Spider-Man$35,161--145-59$242$261,850,90314Sony / Columbia
19Total Recall (2012)$23,693--167-72$142$58,817,92710Sony / Columbia
20Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$23,225147%155-48$150$216,155,51718Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$27,76964%520$534$8,890,30325Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$25,01247%84-37$298$12,558,10520Weinstein Company
3Premium Rush$16,863--77-131$219$19,978,8317Sony / Columbia
4Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$16,148--12--$1,346$16,1481Roadside Attractions
5Moonrise Kingdom$15,34864%9210$167$45,342,60920Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$10,80922%51-18$212$11,071,19215Fox Searchlight
7The Watch$9,966166%32-14$311$34,312,26711Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$9,262182%330$281$20,955,56879Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Thaandavam$8,055333%21-24$384$153,7632UTV Communications
10The Other Dream Team$4,804--75$686$29,0342The Film Arcade
11The Apparition$4,48248%38-27$118$4,918,6547Warner Bros.
12For A Good Time, Call...$3,902-42%43-41$91$1,234,5906Focus
13Hit and Run$3,557-31%51-81$70$13,739,0807Open Road
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,084-22%18-14$171$46,335,97923Fox Searchlight
15Safety Not Guaranteed$2,86996%24-10$120$3,989,22818FilmDistrict
16Heroine$2,444-50%18-79$136$585,4913UTV Communications
1710 Years$1,713-61%21-42$82$197,6234Anchor Bay Films
18Toys in the Attic$68850%4-2$172$61,8645Hannover House
19Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$31736%6-1$53$3,375,6929ARC Entertainment