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 Sat, Dec. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$7,643,37957%3,463-63$2,207$241,539,4754Sony / Columbia
2The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,525,54837%4,008-62$1,878$250,209,0353Lionsgate / Summit
3Rise of The Guardians$6,258,906111%3,67219$1,704$44,677,0032Paramount / DreamWorks
4Lincoln$5,882,01146%2,0180$2,915$80,112,1474Disney / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$5,351,65561%2,9281$1,828$45,035,1652Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$3,317,975100%3,087-172$1,075$156,209,7705Disney
7Red Dawn (2012)$2,906,02641%2,78156$1,045$29,740,1912FilmDistrict
8Killing Them Softly$2,717,5688%2,424--$1,121$5,234,4651Weinstein Company
9Flight$2,046,91456%2,603-35$786$80,345,1055Paramount
10The Collection$1,201,1234%1,403--$856$2,359,1861LD Entertainment
11Argo$959,39669%1,043-212$920$100,506,8188Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,378,59551%3714$3,716$9,939,7293Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$955,30354%384318$2,488$3,438,8353Focus
3Talaash$734,39551%174--$4,221$1,219,1711Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$220,73053%496-267$445$137,060,3249Fox
5Pitch Perfect$177,51538%403-89$440$63,018,44810Universal
6The Sessions$151,60463%226-289$671$4,493,2287Fox Searchlight
7Here Comes the Boom$108,14165%334-156$324$42,301,1838Sony / Columbia
8Cloud Atlas$102,07251%194-64$526$26,107,5726Warner Bros.
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$94,25140%189-53$499$16,590,24111Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$87,05843%280-13$311$65,862,92510Sony / TriStar
11Hotel Transylvania$66,692133%248-216$269$143,650,86310Sony / Columbia
12Seven Psychopaths$43,60946%16280$269$14,749,9928CBS Films
13The Man With the Iron Fists$43,50043%174-31$250$15,357,8955Universal
14ParaNorman$27,906139%104-30$268$55,852,72816Focus
15Ice Age: Continental Drift$25,806141%102-7$253$160,868,75421Fox
16Alex Cross$24,14865%114-30$212$25,471,8747Lionsgate / Summit
17Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$23,03261%124-66$186$17,451,8696Open Road
18Fun Size$22,17191%116-28$191$9,347,9816Paramount
19House at the End of the Street$21,14674%108-30$196$31,540,90311Relativity Media
20Trouble with the Curve$15,55332%100-40$156$35,713,97011Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$181,08769%5033$3,622$667,4192Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$39,24459%74-14$530$848,1305Entertainment One / RKO
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$34,873227%161$2,180$159,7572Warner Bros.
4Hecho en Mexico$27,97619%12--$2,331$51,5591Lionsgate / Pantelion
5To the Arctic 3D$20,77913%520$400$10,039,18433Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,08863%300$636$21,422,76887Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Dark Knight Rises$18,77155%80-28$235$448,083,82920Warner Bros.
8Sinister$18,68053%88-39$212$47,760,2438Lionsgate / Summit
9Chasing Mavericks$18,29843%7919$232$5,820,2366Fox
10Paranormal Activity 4$11,78439%70-38$168$53,712,0397Paramount
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$11,102166%52-7$214$48,956,35718Fox
12End of Watch$9,94763%24-10$414$39,219,79811Open Road
13The Master$7,55947%23-2$329$15,868,53912Weinstein Company
14Arbitrage$7,47437%35-13$214$7,843,88212Roadside Attractions
15Silent Night$3,90216%11--$355$7,1611Anchor Bay Films
16The Intouchables$3,30558%19-7$174$13,039,92028Weinstein Company
17This Must Be the Place$2,68663%7-1$384$126,1485Weinstein Company