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, Jan. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$1,882,028-22%3,0100$625$112,462,6792Weinstein Company
2Les Miserables (2012)$1,292,280-21%2,90490$445$107,684,8002Universal
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,174,496-25%3,755-345$313$267,891,7774Warner Bros. / New Line
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$837,697-28%2,654--$316$24,897,6011Lionsgate
5Jack Reacher$733,622-25%3,288-64$223$67,116,4073Paramount
6This is 40$688,785-19%2,93117$235$56,424,1353Universal
7Lincoln$502,626-7%1,901-65$264$145,542,8879Disney / DreamWorks
8Parental Guidance$481,171-28%3,3681$143$54,070,2082Fox
9The Guilt Trip$347,271-21%2,312-119$150$32,235,1903Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$298,640-18%1,6761651$178$5,332,7952Focus
11Skyfall$240,281-16%1,307-330$184$297,549,7649Sony / Columbia
12Monsters, Inc. 3D$183,051-23%2,103-515$87$28,673,5503Disney
13Rise of The Guardians$83,811-24%1,507-548$56$97,601,7817Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$360,900-12%7450$484$35,737,7708Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$228,347-24%965-213$237$91,796,1357Fox
3The Impossible$213,702-13%572557$374$4,088,7713Lionsgate / Summit
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$100,338-16%817-23$123$11,206,8873Paramount
5Hyde Park on Hudson$97,940-7%222138$441$3,497,3465Focus
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$92,914-13%825-366$113$289,434,9808Lionsgate / Summit
7Argo$73,174-8%302-43$242$110,313,48613Warner Bros.
8Anna Karenina (2012)$45,577-12%163-55$280$11,670,9218Focus
9Wreck-It Ralph$43,992-15%709-204$62$178,676,44910Disney
10Not Fade Away$29,211-12%565546$52$504,8283Paramount Vantage
11Flight$26,291-9%250-150$105$92,564,63010Paramount
12Hitchcock$17,420-8%118-231$148$5,540,5777Fox Searchlight
13Taken 2$16,580-7%213-19$78$139,336,01214Fox
14Cloud Atlas$11,675-18%155110$75$26,940,78111Warner Bros.
15Red Dawn (2012)$11,237-18%252-173$45$43,916,1687FilmDistrict
16Pitch Perfect$9,900-8%165-18$60$64,687,22815Universal
17End of Watch$7,3011%140-22$52$40,913,95516Open Road
18Playing For Keeps (2012)$4,985-11%139-129$36$12,866,8435FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$273,715-3%6055$4,562$5,202,6713Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$7,844-14%98-27$80$17,505,21916Lionsgate / Summit
3To the Arctic 3D$7,5444%520$145$10,682,14738Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$7,244-1%41-39$177$5,653,65312Fox Searchlight
5A Late Quartet$5,270-22%23-14$229$1,372,21310Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$4,091-8%51-17$80$14,916,6126Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,65528%300$122$21,701,18192Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Intouchables$3,52736%110$321$13,168,80733Weinstein Company
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,481-10%53-9$28$161,209,68726Fox
10The Master$1,410-32%12-1$118$15,984,66717Weinstein Company
11Talaash$619-1%8-8$77$2,871,9006Reliance Entertainment
12Arbitrage$218-37%4-3$55$7,916,73517Roadside Attractions
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$20676%1--$206$87,21014Roadside Attractions