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 $24.94 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 $50.43 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 this weekend. 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 Thu, Nov. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$5,186,943-6%3,5053042$1,480$119,837,1081Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$1,081,2121%3,7520$288$103,167,2902Disney
3Flight$974,381-4%2,047163$476$52,720,8102Paramount
4Argo$463,012-4%2,763-11$168$87,952,4805Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$214,066-10%2,487-152$86$132,524,3896Fox
6Cloud Atlas$211,246-11%2,02310$104$23,993,9033Warner Bros.
7The Man With the Iron Fists$205,920-12%1,8724$110$13,962,9752Universal
8Pitch Perfect$104,325-12%1,391-111$75$59,816,3587Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$100,182-20%2,044-270$49$39,819,0155Sony / Columbia
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$95,239-15%1,902-1031$50$16,913,8403Open Road
11Hotel Transylvania$88,921-11%2,566-356$35$141,791,5987Sony / Columbia
12Paranormal Activity 4$74,349-30%2,348-658$32$53,120,8434Paramount
13Sinister$63,378-28%1,554-328$41$46,995,2505Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$52,686-13%1,090-558$48$24,914,6584Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$18,968-27%1,301-1715$15$9,016,8203Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$134,075-35%160--$838$658,2200Yash Raj Films
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$63,593-10%607-15$105$14,987,1048Lionsgate / Summit
3The Sessions$57,0384%12859$446$1,903,4344Fox Searchlight
4Seven Psychopaths$42,68012%356-103$120$14,300,1045CBS Films
5Looper$41,875-14%491-205$85$64,910,6617Sony / TriStar
6Chasing Mavericks$26,240-10%459-1571$57$5,439,4943Fox
7Trouble with the Curve$22,315-7%421135$53$35,402,2468Warner Bros.
8The Dark Knight Rises$10,8237%243-48$45$447,817,85717Warner Bros.
9ParaNorman$8,303-1%198-48$42$55,517,58113Focus
10End of Watch$7,825-18%125-33$63$39,073,9588Open Road
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,77418%147-10$46$160,604,96018Fox
12The Expendables 2$5,47310%134-39$41$84,982,03613Lionsgate
13The Campaign$4,8565%138-50$35$86,867,80114Warner Bros.
14The Possession$4,08010%121-34$34$49,095,08811Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$89,279-6%11--$8,116$1,418,8361Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$19,175-1%6253$309$372,5922Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$13,376-11%520$257$9,740,05030Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$12,1826%88-50$138$15,738,6459Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,107101%300$304$21,281,02884Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Arbitrage$7,604-9%87-31$87$7,707,7889Roadside Attractions
7This Must Be the Place$4,0524%119$368$59,6542Weinstein Company
8The Intouchables$3,8828%346$114$12,990,34625Weinstein Company
9Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$2,608741%2-2$1,304$79,0976Roadside Attractions
10House at the End of the Street$2,38810%78-50$31$31,252,3948Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,17321%82-13$27$48,828,50315Fox
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,70011%43-27$40$3,321,8465Atlas Distribution
13Lawless$849-24%20-15$42$37,383,54811Weinstein Company
14Won't Back Down$734-6%38-3$19$5,302,4057Fox
15Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$407-17%38-22$11$143,8432UTV Communications
16The Bay$65-12%1-22$65$30,6682Roadside Attractions