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 Sat, Mar. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$18,980,86263%4,046--$4,691$30,626,2161Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$12,411,04923%3,098--$4,006$22,473,1901FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$9,744,25073%3,805-107$2,561$170,909,4393Disney
4The Call$3,921,97647%2,5070$1,564$28,799,5822Sony / TriStar
5Admission$2,710,68932%2,160--$1,255$4,764,5281Focus
6The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$1,907,32444%3,1600$604$16,324,6762Warner Bros. / New Line
7Jack the Giant Slayer$1,326,44571%2,560-797$518$58,190,7024Warner Bros. / New Line
8Identity Thief$1,212,96060%2,166-676$560$127,152,9907Universal
9Snitch (2013)$869,12563%1,807-546$481$39,816,2545Lionsgate / Summit
10Silver Linings Playbook$758,37871%1,044-558$726$126,780,77519Weinstein Company
11Safe Haven$522,93541%1,279-927$409$68,673,4326Relativity Media
1221 And Over$432,62625%1,134-1290$382$23,913,3054Relativity Media
13Escape From Planet Earth$208,75580%1,494-717$140$53,201,9206Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$327,01379%489-157$669$122,336,47818Fox
2Quartet$265,05373%425-263$624$15,754,64711Weinstein Company
3The Last Exorcism Part II$156,51158%455-1120$344$14,944,5864CBS Films
4Stoker$153,81453%275181$559$1,025,9474Fox Searchlight
5A Good Day to Die Hard$146,29669%448-669$327$66,170,2646Fox
6Dead Man Down$132,01156%612-1576$216$10,522,6793FilmDistrict
7Django Unchained$127,52370%29630$431$161,926,45513Weinstein Company
8Side Effects (2013)$127,31079%225-177$566$30,909,5447Open Road
9Emperor$123,27853%237-74$520$2,520,8593Roadside Attractions
10Warm Bodies$106,85043%299-360$357$64,962,3608Lionsgate / Summit
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$90,55769%20979$433$54,867,9749Paramount
12Dark Skies$87,34549%205-498$426$16,975,3195Weinstein / Dimension
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$81,38665%235-70$346$302,648,44515Warner Bros. / New Line
14Argo$69,61085%185-355$376$135,484,02824Warner Bros.
15Zero Dark Thirty$64,42069%215-235$300$95,578,99614Sony / Columbia
16Parental Guidance$62,24644%185-37$336$76,706,10013Fox
17InAPPropriate Comedy$58,8892%275--$214$116,6421Freestyle Releasing
18Rise of The Guardians$45,97190%162-51$284$103,141,94918Paramount / DreamWorks
19Les Miserables (2012)$43,86070%129-112$340$148,648,01013Universal
20Beautiful Creatures (2013)$43,85357%18863$233$19,277,6906Warner Bros.
21Mama$41,60060%130-74$320$71,444,84010Universal
22The Impossible$33,99651%12318$276$18,716,02214Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1From Up on Poppy Hill$24,45963%64$4,077$111,7062GKIDS
2The Sapphires$18,454114%4--$4,614$27,0861Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$17,96126%520$345$11,768,95449Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$13,001-1%300$433$22,262,001103Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Gangster Squad$12,08134%500$242$45,959,32711Warner Bros.
6Parker$9,88760%55-37$180$17,579,5529FilmDistrict
7The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$9,20828%28-17$329$341,7474Methinx Entertainment
8Bless Me, Ultima$9,17569%21-24$437$1,505,3735Arenas Entertainment
9Kai Po Che$8,13563%18-24$452$1,101,7295UTV Motion Pictures
10Starbuck$6,99366%3--$2,331$3,466,2261eOne Films US
11Hyde Park on Hudson$5,71530%20-11$286$6,363,74116Focus
12Camp (2013)$4,115-38%172$242$84,4715Freestyle Releasing
13A Resurrection$2,7258%17--$160$5,2501Archstone Distribution
14Girl Rising$2,530--1--$2,530$430,4163Gathr Films
15Rangrezz$1,6196%11--$147$3,1441UTV Motion Pictures