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 Mon, Feb. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Escape From Planet Earth$5,210,921-5%3,288--$1,585$21,101,9761Weinstein Company
2A Good Day to Die Hard$3,805,812-49%3,553--$1,071$36,879,7731Fox
3Identity Thief$3,782,175-48%3,16524$1,195$74,744,2552Universal
4Safe Haven$3,067,561-48%3,223--$952$33,298,0731Relativity Media
5Warm Bodies$1,684,917-35%2,897-112$582$51,770,6343Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,362,666-39%2,950--$462$11,487,5781Warner Bros.
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,171,854-41%2,202-607$532$99,788,22814Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$1,026,993-47%2,6050$394$20,119,9812Open Road
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$663,046-43%2,103-1182$315$50,405,2514Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$606,416-42%1,527-1035$397$88,530,9839Sony / Columbia
11Lincoln$427,937-25%1,007-510$425$176,651,04715Disney / DreamWorks
12Mama$395,520-48%1,648-1029$240$68,561,9405Universal
13Django Unchained$329,883-37%1,017-485$324$157,350,1478Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$504,249-15%647-277$779$111,376,51813Fox
2Argo$443,088-40%903-502$491$127,288,40919Warner Bros.
3Quartet$310,550-25%33389$933$7,200,6646Weinstein Company
4Wreck-It Ralph$308,59812%506-251$610$185,835,92916Disney
5The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$286,579-17%605-396$474$300,161,28510Warner Bros. / New Line
6Les Miserables (2012)$236,550-20%676-771$350$145,764,4258Universal
7Parental Guidance$190,32314%603-616$316$75,343,6928Fox
8Rise of The Guardians$158,9603%33863$470$101,540,45413Paramount / DreamWorks
9Amour$155,670--306--$509$4,081,5419Sony Pictures Classics
10The Impossible$105,113-33%422-317$249$17,612,1669Lionsgate / Summit
11Parker$85,287-44%705-1299$121$17,084,9564FilmDistrict
12The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$69,969--266--$263$1,536,4153ShortsHD
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$59,585-39%25494$235$291,838,80414Lionsgate / Summit
14Skyfall$55,579-30%262--$212$303,954,36015Sony / Columbia
15Gangster Squad$45,213-34%210-732$215$45,391,5066Warner Bros.
16A Haunted House$45,073-51%340-573$133$39,591,3346Open Road
17Bullet to the Head$44,514-45%470-1934$95$9,279,0123Warner Bros.
18Beasts of the Southern Wild$34,788--192--$181$12,306,98834Fox Searchlight
19Hotel Transylvania$32,4132%144--$225$148,313,04821Sony / Columbia
20Jack Reacher$26,327-25%175-132$150$79,360,5599Paramount
21Stand Up Guys$25,829-31%119-551$217$3,187,4363Lionsgate / Roadside
22This is 40$16,700-43%167-111$100$67,449,5059Universal
23Broken City$16,390-35%133-622$123$19,504,6855Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters, Inc. 3D$32,643--99--$330$33,265,5859Disney
2Top Gun 3D$27,739-43%40-260$693$2,986,1382Paramount
3To the Arctic 3D$22,615-20%520$435$11,302,35444Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$21,405--21--$1,019$36,381,867153Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Royal Affair$19,402--34--$571$1,264,27515Magnolia Pictures
6No (2013)$18,712--4--$4,678$90,4541Sony Pictures Classics
756 Up$16,992--27--$629$388,0547First Run Features
8Born to Be Wild 3D$16,587-14%300$553$22,002,15598Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Here Comes the Boom$16,067-2%96--$167$45,290,31819Sony / Columbia
10Hyde Park on Hudson$15,665-51%86-44$182$6,030,75711Focus
11ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$12,203-40%22-3$555$192,0142UTV Motion Pictures
12The Gatekeepers$11,797--4--$2,949$228,4283Sony Pictures Classics
13The Guilt Trip$10,509-37%88-137$119$36,805,3169Paramount
14Rust and Bone$9,825--33--$298$1,953,31813Sony Pictures Classics
15Koch$9,374--11--$852$135,5613Zeitgeist Films
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$9,304-57%96-89$97$34,298,2157Lionsgate
17Anna Karenina (2012)$8,732-44%51-40$171$12,771,63614Focus
18Lore$7,451--8--$931$93,5532Music Box Films
19Under the Sea 3D$6,707--10--$671$32,562,224210Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$6,204--7--$886$59,4584Music Box Films
21Red Dawn (2012)$5,770-35%56-49$103$44,800,70613FilmDistrict
22Searching For Sugar Man$4,903--19--$258$3,283,21630Sony Pictures Classics
23Race 2$4,834-31%11-52$439$1,571,5734UTV Motion Pictures
24Like Someone in Love$4,772--3--$1,591$26,5851IFC Films
25The Last Stand$4,619-51%54-185$86$11,964,2665Lionsgate
26Sound City$4,529--17--$266$291,1123Variance Films
27A Late Quartet$3,670-30%131$282$1,535,15316Entertainment One / RKO
28Deep Sea 3D$3,380--7--$483$45,422,075364Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Movie 43$3,282-35%35-742$94$8,781,9614Relativity Media
30The Sessions$3,193-24%16-2$200$5,957,47318Fox Searchlight
31Yossi$2,897--7--$414$59,1404Strand Releasing
32John Dies at the End$2,032--10--$203$64,6744Magnolia / Magnet
33Lost in Thailand$1,833-42%350$52$57,3972WAMCR
34West of Memphis$1,368--8--$171$130,2118Sony Pictures Classics
35Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,356-43%23-58$59$13,101,14211FilmDistrict
36The Sorcerer and the White Snake$1,089--4--$272$15,2502Magnolia / Magnet
37The Waiting Room$864--4--$216$199,85621International Film Circuit
38Taken 2$856-56%16-19$54$139,852,97120Fox
39Hitchcock$514-82%14-22$37$5,944,57713Fox Searchlight
40Frankenweenie$314--3--$105$35,283,50620Disney
41The Power of Few$299--2--$150$7,9131Steelyard Pictures
42Brooklyn Castle$235--3--$78$216,12118Producers Distribution Agency
43Masquerade (2012)$200--2--$100$912,01722CJ Entertainment
44The Package (2013)$18260%1--$182$1,2771Anchor Bay Films
45North Sea Texas$165--2--$83$27,57816Strand Releasing
46Any Day Now$122--3--$41$183,19710Music Box Films