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, Mar. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$5,134,381-28%3,912--$1,312$97,674,8501Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$927,433-26%3,5250$263$46,741,2592Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$630,420-19%3,002-228$210$118,541,4355Universal
421 And Over$537,448-26%2,7710$194$18,713,2002Relativity Media
5Escape From Planet Earth$473,285-20%2,549-561$186$49,332,3104Weinstein Company
6Snitch (2013)$446,932-21%2,340-171$191$33,308,0983Lionsgate / Summit
7Dead Man Down$418,801-30%2,188--$191$6,857,8841FilmDistrict
8Safe Haven$378,441-23%2,541-410$149$64,048,2744Relativity Media
9Silver Linings Playbook$329,690-23%1,727-109$191$121,684,73317Weinstein Company
10The Last Exorcism Part II$225,148-21%2,7000$83$12,882,6422CBS Films
11A Good Day to Die Hard$218,291-24%1,725-864$127$64,089,6224Fox
12Dark Skies$126,695-16%1,505-808$84$15,972,0493Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$103,152-11%1,052-878$98$63,902,9376Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$170,304-29%67145$254$119,937,62516Fox
2Quartet$153,130-27%715-10$214$13,742,9819Weinstein Company
3Emperor$89,755-25%261--$344$1,319,3791Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$88,064-23%602-510$146$29,849,5555Open Road
5Argo$87,423-26%741-244$118$134,575,89022Warner Bros.
6Zero Dark Thirty$59,415-19%522-200$114$94,822,54812Sony / Columbia
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$47,663-13%337127$141$302,023,69713Warner Bros. / New Line
8Django Unchained$45,794-24%336-647$136$161,253,13811Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$41,424-22%432-220$96$180,966,86018Disney / DreamWorks
10Rise of The Guardians$37,475-7%275-20$136$102,792,64416Paramount / DreamWorks
11Les Miserables (2012)$34,320-17%286-66$120$148,243,47011Universal
12Parental Guidance$25,476-16%219-39$116$76,363,44211Fox
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$21,053-2%281-794$75$19,080,0804Warner Bros.
14Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$20,092-23%225-376$89$54,559,2907Paramount
15Jack Reacher$14,819-8%194-31$76$79,938,34412Paramount
16Mama$13,919-19%214-233$65$71,165,3008Universal
17The Impossible$11,175-12%114-37$98$18,519,66412Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$21,324-20%13--$1,640$322,5011Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$18,658-3%520$359$11,615,55547Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stoker$12,476-20%1710$734$367,5972Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$12,3689%300$412$22,154,824101Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Gangster Squad$7,717-5%90-48$86$45,879,7899Warner Bros.
6Hyde Park on Hudson$7,4590%391$191$6,307,17314Focus
7Bless Me, Ultima$7,154-12%52-131$138$1,409,2983Arenas Entertainment
8Kai Po Che$6,068-23%71-33$85$1,032,0033UTV Motion Pictures
9The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,524-14%56-12$99$252,0452Methinx Entertainment
10Movie 43$2,885-1%6346$46$8,837,4487Relativity Media
11Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$2,279-11%1--$2,279$13,2841Rialto Pictures
12Parker$1,975-20%34-17$58$17,476,3407FilmDistrict
13Camp (2013)$1,743-5%42$436$37,8173Freestyle Releasing
14Bullet to the Head$1,343-20%34-52$40$9,488,2346Warner Bros.
15Broken City$1,156-27%24-45$48$19,670,1338Fox
16A Late Quartet$37780%71$54$1,562,30019Entertainment One / RKO
17The Sweeney$82-27%1-10$82$26,5812eOne Films US
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$12-33%1--$12$97,35823Roadside Attractions