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 Fri, Apr. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$13,297,245--3,783--$3,515$13,297,2451Universal
242 (2013)$5,217,573169%3,250247$1,605$41,249,6742Warner Bros.
3The Croods$2,232,251208%3,435-254$650$147,629,9935Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Scary Movie 5$2,065,872294%3,4020$607$18,713,4642Weinstein / Dimension
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,546,211131%3,175-360$487$106,982,4774Paramount
6The Place Beyond the Pines$1,417,571291%1,5421028$919$8,142,6714Focus
7Evil Dead$1,361,136124%2,823-202$482$45,706,0863Sony / TriStar
8Olympus Has Fallen$1,243,077110%2,638-297$471$85,544,3295FilmDistrict
9Jurassic Park 3D$1,071,88593%2,330-448$460$35,542,9753Universal
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$764,634137%2,045-459$374$221,486,7427Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$658,642133%1,405-400$469$47,322,8074Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$308,11169%1,356-816$227$24,486,8644Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Filly Brown$676,688--188--$3,599$676,6881Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Lords of Salem$285,242--355--$803$285,2421Anchor Bay Films
3The Call$255,55062%977-653$262$49,477,6996Sony / TriStar
4Silver Linings Playbook$148,357282%867416$171$130,631,57223Weinstein Company
5Identity Thief$139,185253%480-84$290$132,330,39511Universal
6Trance$114,29743%4435$258$1,536,9083Fox Searchlight
7Admission$100,27933%485-424$207$17,211,0235Focus
8Side Effects (2013)$78,0131173%645592$121$31,580,84311Open Road
9The Sapphires$64,352164%11421$564$947,1105Weinstein Company
10Safe Haven$63,806316%32548$196$70,731,35810Relativity Media
11Jack the Giant Slayer$55,701151%255-76$218$63,106,8658Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$45,715278%265-9$173$22,228,2976Warner Bros. / New Line
13Life of Pi$42,23397%193-24$219$124,405,35222Fox
14Warm Bodies$42,186126%240-39$176$66,010,21512Lionsgate / Summit
15Quartet$38,65542%176-48$220$17,727,42015Weinstein Company
16Escape From Planet Earth$33,822204%240-36$141$54,738,81110Weinstein Company
17Spring Breakers$32,936-25%122-304$270$13,761,4636A24
18Girl Rising$28,70614%170--$169$779,5227Gathr Films
19A Good Day to Die Hard$25,81093%170-40$152$67,084,03010Fox
20Snitch (2013)$24,363132%161-54$151$42,055,7319Lionsgate / Summit
21Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$14,67071%112-42$131$55,635,18713Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Camp (2013)$22,588663%32--$706$203,5039Freestyle Releasing
2To the Arctic 3D$21,021104%520$404$12,172,97853Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Dark Skies$20,6431101%9166$227$17,245,7139Weinstein / Dimension
4From Up on Poppy Hill$18,76672%48-1$391$666,9536GKIDS
5Parental Guidance$15,028448%900$167$77,144,33117Fox
621 And Over$12,47983%50-57$250$25,478,7378Relativity Media
7Django Unchained$10,41436%77-49$135$162,732,06117Weinstein Company
8Born to Be Wild 3D$7,677-11%300$256$22,484,529107Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Starbuck$7,490151%29-3$258$3,678,3255eOne Films US
10Emperor$6,469-17%64-32$101$3,254,6667Roadside Attractions
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$6,158186%51-4$121$302,988,57019Warner Bros. / New Line
12Not Today$6,1581%20-21$308$125,2442Freestyle Releasing
13Argo$5,27632%43-129$123$136,007,85028Warner Bros.
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,965--1--$2,965$2,9651Rialto Pictures
15Stoker$2,93754%28-2$105$1,683,6908Fox Searchlight
16Pawn$1,438--1--$1,438$1,4381Anchor Bay Films
17Settai$1,092100%2-13$546$81,3813UTV Motion Pictures
18Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$625-84%2-11$313$122,1053CodeBlack Films
19Kai Po Che$1841740%21$92$1,121,0809UTV Motion Pictures