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 Sat, Nov. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$21,299,34258%3,752--$5,677$34,805,9821Disney
2Flight$10,639,61631%1,884--$5,647$18,791,0541Paramount
3Argo$4,810,51560%2,774-81$1,734$73,465,0684Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$3,007,480-2%1,868--$1,610$6,061,6601Universal
5Taken 2$2,796,34154%2,639-356$1,060$124,281,4985Fox
6Cloud Atlas$2,399,93259%2,0135$1,192$16,923,2932Warner Bros.
7Hotel Transylvania$2,088,63986%2,922-354$715$136,281,7756Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity 4$1,938,25534%3,006-406$645$48,667,2773Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$1,671,90266%2,314-177$723$34,653,7254Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$1,435,01138%2,9330$489$13,070,1912Open Road
11Pitch Perfect$1,426,90047%1,502-497$950$54,965,3136Universal
12Sinister$1,261,99139%1,882-465$671$43,713,2164Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$1,048,57260%3,0162$348$6,865,9002Paramount
14Alex Cross$941,33864%1,648-893$571$22,644,6133Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$548,06852%2,03028$270$4,038,5362Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$565,53947%622-114$909$12,767,7737Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$562,44856%696-493$808$63,373,0206Sony / TriStar
3Frankenweenie$348,42582%857-881$407$33,113,7195Disney
4Seven Psychopaths$341,03361%459-544$743$13,225,2744CBS Films
5The Dark Knight Rises$120,93171%2910$416$447,452,70716Warner Bros.
6ParaNorman$106,905117%246-34$435$55,158,15712Focus
7The Master$87,88495%138-63$637$15,463,7778Weinstein Company
8Trouble with the Curve$78,66531%286-134$275$34,920,6087Warner Bros.
9End of Watch$71,31964%158-132$451$38,809,6857Open Road
10Arbitrage$61,36689%116-9$529$7,508,0588Roadside Attractions
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$60,565125%157-35$386$160,382,57117Fox
12The Bourne Legacy$49,72548%153-38$325$113,143,45013Universal
13The Expendables 2$46,95374%173-5$271$84,826,59212Lionsgate
14The Campaign$45,72143%188-34$243$86,717,94613Warner Bros.
15The Possession$44,43484%15573$287$48,956,14310Lionsgate
16Resident Evil: Retribution$37,05368%131-67$283$42,232,4928Sony / Screen Gems
17House at the End of the Street$36,01449%128-174$281$31,168,6157Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$219,47977%6949$3,181$818,2963Fox Searchlight
2Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$44,97496%60--$750$67,9301UTV Communications
3To the Arctic 3D$32,37449%520$623$9,508,50629Warner Bros. / IMAX
4A Late Quartet$31,70148%9--$3,522$53,1311Entertainment One / RKO
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$29,778170%95-21$313$48,714,68114Fox
6Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$15,78267%70-77$225$3,276,8334Atlas Distribution
7The Intouchables$14,95598%28-20$534$12,928,72124Weinstein Company
8Simon and the Oaks$14,633120%13-1$1,126$111,5054The Film Arcade
9Born to Be Wild 3D$12,25026%300$408$21,195,45583Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Bay$8,53535%23--$371$14,8511Roadside Attractions
11Won't Back Down$5,70446%41-24$139$5,281,7386Fox
12Lawless$5,67226%35-61$162$37,363,03610Weinstein Company
13This Must Be the Place$3,232132%2--$1,616$4,6281Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$3,065-55%40$766$67,8775Roadside Attractions
15The Other Dream Team$1,772-15%5-9$354$128,0536The Film Arcade
16War of the Buttons (2012)$1,52155%6-2$254$44,3714Weinstein Company
17Vamps$19225%1--$192$3461Anchor Bay Films