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. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$7,491,446--3,277--$2,286$7,491,4461Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$5,213,985151%3,7929$1,375$52,501,4852Universal
342 (2013)$2,951,561183%3,405155$867$61,305,9333Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$2,576,573--2,633--$979$2,576,5731Lionsgate
5The Croods$1,570,851267%3,283-152$478$157,995,6346Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Scary Movie 5$1,079,829290%2,733-669$395$25,116,7653Weinstein / Dimension
7G.I. Joe: Retaliation$972,448169%2,707-468$359$113,748,5915Paramount
8The Place Beyond the Pines$790,19998%1,58442$499$14,315,0705Focus
9Olympus Has Fallen$785,319130%2,334-304$336$91,093,7916FilmDistrict
10Evil Dead$634,479103%2,186-637$290$50,502,2374Sony / TriStar
11Jurassic Park 3D$619,085131%1,848-482$335$40,309,4604Universal
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$429,636149%1,610-435$267$224,877,7758Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$635,481--363--$1,751$635,4811Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$318,439121%942-463$338$49,852,7625Lionsgate
3Filly Brown$154,480202%25971$596$1,899,5712Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Host (2013)$118,01359%611-745$193$25,605,0995Open Road
5Jack the Giant Slayer$106,342728%365110$291$63,419,4499Warner Bros. / New Line
6Identity Thief$106,250269%425-55$250$132,916,63012Universal
7The Call$98,42347%513-464$192$50,502,0567Sony / TriStar
8Silver Linings Playbook$57,81628%361-506$160$131,283,15824Weinstein Company
9The Lords of Salem$57,41033%280-75$205$912,7032Anchor Bay Films
10Snitch (2013)$50,512704%25291$200$42,189,34310Lionsgate / Summit
11The Sapphires$47,00296%12612$373$1,283,1666Weinstein Company
12Escape From Planet Earth$44,319442%28343$157$54,932,86611Weinstein Company
13Safe Haven$42,650115%259-66$165$70,997,33811Relativity Media
14Admission$37,47726%279-206$134$17,615,7786Focus
15Trance$32,237-21%157-286$205$2,039,0344Fox Searchlight
16Warm Bodies$29,540131%190-50$155$66,196,32313Lionsgate / Summit
17Quartet$23,2582%130-46$179$17,946,37216Weinstein Company
18Life of Pi$21,45742%131-62$164$124,607,66923Fox
1921 And Over$20,048293%13686$147$25,547,0299Relativity Media
20The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$19,12338%185-80$103$22,417,6327Warner Bros. / New Line
21A Good Day to Die Hard$13,05957%122-48$107$67,200,43611Fox
22Side Effects (2013)$13,001-57%108-537$120$31,959,13412Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$28,232136%520$543$12,268,11654Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Camp (2013)$18,241369%28-4$651$263,91710Freestyle Releasing
3Spring Breakers$17,46151%72-50$243$13,907,2197A24
4From Up on Poppy Hill$13,54099%44-4$308$759,4517GKIDS
5The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$12,83799%25--$513$483,7439Methinx Entertainment
6Born to Be Wild 3D$11,294149%300$376$22,518,540108Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Dark Skies$7,10042%63-28$113$17,323,14510Weinstein / Dimension
8Parental Guidance$6,07590%61-29$100$77,203,77718Fox
9Kon-Tiki$5,623--2--$2,812$5,6231Weinstein Company
10Starbuck$5,19285%27-2$192$3,711,9586eOne Films US
11Django Unchained$4,89636%38-39$129$162,779,66818Weinstein Company
12Emperor$2,270-34%26-38$87$3,290,2998Roadside Attractions
13Girl Rising$1,857-96%72-98$26$994,3148Gathr Films
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,745-19%10$1,745$20,2372Rialto Pictures
15Not Today$691-59%3-17$230$145,5773Freestyle Releasing
16Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$510--1--$510$16,5188Rialto Pictures
17Settai$401271%1-1$401$85,8344UTV Motion Pictures
18Kai Po Che$40100%20$20$1,122,03310UTV Motion Pictures