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, Nov. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,384,280-12%4,0700$586$235,025,0782Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$1,823,066-20%3,5260$517$227,164,9113Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$1,771,896-11%2,0180$878$68,365,2083Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$1,321,728-26%2,92725$452$35,038,0821Fox
5Red Dawn (2012)$675,154-27%2,72546$248$24,104,7231FilmDistrict
6Rise of The Guardians$658,847-27%3,6530$180$34,740,1971Paramount / DreamWorks
7Flight$533,341-18%2,6380$202$76,411,1724Paramount
8Wreck-It Ralph$419,009-23%3,2590$129$150,800,3914Disney
9Argo$226,136-8%1,2550$180$98,747,2087Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$350,835-12%3670$956$7,285,3132Weinstein Company
2The Sessions$82,2301%5155$160$4,161,5886Fox Searchlight
3Taken 2$49,663-16%76324$65$136,639,8398Fox
4Cloud Atlas$34,455-17%2580$134$25,900,8995Warner Bros.
5Pitch Perfect$32,005-19%492-5$65$62,675,2739Universal
6Looper$30,172-19%2930$103$65,683,6769Sony / TriStar
7The Perks of Being A Wallflower$25,068-8%2420$104$16,399,26610Lionsgate / Summit
8Here Comes the Boom$20,654-18%490-860$42$42,105,3667Sony / Columbia
9The Man With the Iron Fists$18,505-25%2050$90$15,264,4454Universal
10Hotel Transylvania$12,125-22%464-784$26$143,542,0759Sony / Columbia
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$9,094-9%190-266$48$17,404,8925Open Road
12Trouble with the Curve$6,165-8%1400$44$35,680,89410Warner Bros.
13Alex Cross$6,083-29%1440$42$25,426,2756Lionsgate / Summit
14Sinister$5,651-11%1270$44$47,723,5207Lionsgate / Summit
15House at the End of the Street$4,611-5%1380$33$31,502,76710Relativity Media
16ParaNorman$4,2761%134-39$32$55,809,08615Focus
17The Dark Knight Rises$4,055-6%108-52$38$448,046,41319Warner Bros.
18Paranormal Activity 4$3,718-2%1080$34$53,687,6346Paramount
19Fun Size$3,651-13%144-244$25$9,310,2665Paramount
20Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,749-36%109-7$25$160,828,66720Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$83,8252%663$1,270$1,769,8632Focus
2Hitchcock$23,1136%17--$1,360$354,5001Fox Searchlight
3To the Arctic 3D$14,25461%520$274$9,988,69932Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Seven Psychopaths$13,43414%824$164$14,666,3537CBS Films
5A Late Quartet$13,05422%88-12$148$769,1024Entertainment One / RKO
6Chasing Mavericks$4,44816%60-15$74$5,783,8435Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$4,354-4%300$145$21,388,28486Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Arbitrage$4,2086%48-32$88$7,827,54011Roadside Attractions
9The Master$2,931-14%250$117$15,851,73611Weinstein Company
10End of Watch$2,721-12%34-41$80$39,200,40110Open Road
11This Must Be the Place$1,50825%80$189$120,1424Weinstein Company
12The Intouchables$1,31219%260$50$13,033,20027Weinstein Company
13The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$1,22654%15--$82$111,1941Warner Bros.
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,1744%59-3$20$48,940,32417Fox
15Lawless$891-20%110$81$37,399,62413Weinstein Company
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$489-25%3520$14$3,335,4737Atlas Distribution