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 Sun, Feb. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$8,653,455-42%3,141--$2,755$34,551,0251Universal
2Warm Bodies$2,762,229-48%3,0090$918$36,481,1722Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$2,387,111-42%2,605--$916$9,303,1451Open Road
4Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,714,824-35%3,285-90$522$43,836,0183Paramount
5Silver Linings Playbook$1,712,863-45%2,8090$610$89,519,51013Weinstein Company
6Zero Dark Thirty$1,111,772-42%2,562-309$434$83,567,4508Sony / Columbia
7Mama$963,725-54%2,677-104$360$63,951,8104Universal
8Argo$667,703-42%1,405470$475$123,608,95718Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$664,572-39%1,502-275$442$154,516,6277Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$653,743-28%2,4040$272$8,269,2142Warner Bros.
11Parker$561,975-33%2,004-234$280$15,848,0643FilmDistrict
12Lincoln$541,764-40%1,517-239$357$173,621,00614Disney / DreamWorks
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$455,974-35%1,001-299$456$298,333,4269Warner Bros. / New Line
14Les Miserables (2012)$455,835-37%1,447-401$315$143,983,7057Universal
15Parental Guidance$311,863-40%1,219-261$256$74,344,2567Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$647,583-18%300--$2,159$1,965,7371Paramount
2Life of Pi$555,150-32%92422$601$108,530,24912Fox
3Wreck-It Ralph$348,787-32%75797$461$184,414,53215Disney
4Quartet$286,473-33%24442$1,174$5,000,4175Weinstein Company
5The Impossible$278,741-36%739-26$377$16,668,3388Lionsgate / Summit
6Gangster Squad$244,975-38%942-683$260$44,807,9115Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House$209,012-45%913-588$229$39,000,4515Open Road
8Stand Up Guys$190,889-33%67011$285$2,766,6742Lionsgate / Roadside
9Broken City$137,415-40%755-1031$182$19,233,0004Fox
10Skyfall$110,236-47%370-55$298$303,460,11614Sony / Columbia
11Rise of The Guardians$87,817-27%275-32$319$100,865,90812Paramount / DreamWorks
12Movie 43$66,495-48%777-1246$86$8,661,1803Relativity Media
13Jack Reacher$54,079-51%307-143$176$79,116,9448Paramount
14Hotel Transylvania$49,243-38%191-33$258$148,151,97520Sony / Columbia
15This is 40$43,090-54%278-95$155$67,255,6208Universal
16Hyde Park on Hudson$40,375-35%130-14$311$5,832,37710Focus
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$30,251-34%18564$164$34,185,7916Lionsgate
18The Guilt Trip$28,304-42%225-66$126$36,695,5628Paramount
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$26,408-46%160-29$165$291,429,27313Lionsgate / Summit
20The Last Stand$26,101-39%239-450$109$11,904,8354Lionsgate
21Here Comes the Boom$25,034-47%144-31$174$45,193,96118Sony / Columbia
22Flight$14,606-47%115-85$127$93,749,20315Paramount
23Red Dawn (2012)$13,593-47%105-48$129$44,750,61512FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$30,171-33%25--$1,207$95,2361UTV Motion Pictures
2Race 2$23,919-39%63-76$380$1,524,8773UTV Motion Pictures
3Anna Karenina (2012)$20,528-21%911$226$12,679,18713Focus
4To the Arctic 3D$18,643-22%520$359$11,169,29343Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,627-23%300$488$21,924,34497Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Lost in Thailand$11,317-4%35--$323$32,2061WAMCR
7Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$10,654-22%47-3$227$12,495,8658Paramount
8The Master$7,896-29%291$272$16,247,15922Weinstein Company
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$6,720-48%81-67$83$13,081,68110FilmDistrict
10Hitchcock$6,623-18%36-8$184$5,924,22412Fox Searchlight
11Taken 2$3,675-50%35-48$105$139,840,85419Fox
12The Sessions$3,553-33%18-11$197$5,933,82817Fox Searchlight
13A Late Quartet$3,154-15%120$263$1,514,02915Entertainment One / RKO
14Pitch Perfect$970-48%15-26$65$64,998,36820Universal
15Brief Reunion$483-53%1--$483$5,8914Striped Entertainment
16LUV$416-34%3-5$139$156,2514Indomina Media