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 Sun, May. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$43,012,812-31%4,253--$10,114$174,144,5851Disney
2Pain and Gain$2,063,529-33%3,28710$628$33,830,3902Paramount
342 (2013)$1,526,247-44%3,345-60$456$78,181,0974Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$1,423,450-43%3,430-362$415$75,814,2503Universal
5The Croods$1,227,372-39%2,915-368$421$168,720,7987Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Big Wedding$968,518-43%2,6330$368$14,216,4222Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$352,875-66%1,160-450$304$228,858,9419Disney
8The Place Beyond the Pines$346,640-37%1,162-422$298$18,676,7926Focus
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$332,512-42%1,804-903$184$118,752,4106Paramount
10Olympus Has Fallen$317,386-40%1,632-702$194$95,374,5297FilmDistrict
11Scary Movie 5$303,249-55%1,857-876$163$29,609,6684Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$579,734-39%576213$1,006$5,169,6992Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$269,555-30%980-868$275$43,756,7355Universal
3Evil Dead$143,957-47%959-1227$150$53,200,0135Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$103,836-46%504-438$206$51,365,5036Lionsgate
5Jack the Giant Slayer$87,035-34%335-30$260$64,151,56510Warner Bros. / New Line
6Filly Brown$64,5356%204-55$316$2,605,0903Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Silver Linings Playbook$49,180-44%468107$105$131,703,51225Weinstein Company
8Identity Thief$48,005-50%300-125$160$133,454,40513Universal
9Snitch (2013)$40,140-33%215-37$187$42,524,31311Lionsgate / Summit
10The Sapphires$38,453-46%123-3$313$1,636,0927Weinstein Company
11Escape From Planet Earth$33,150-40%257-26$129$55,210,40212Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$32,646-53%290-321$113$26,143,8196Open Road
13The Call$22,243-47%200-313$111$50,934,4378Sony / TriStar
14Side Effects (2013)$17,265-40%16557$105$32,086,04113Open Road
15Safe Haven$16,829-51%169-90$100$71,210,28912Relativity Media
16Warm Bodies$15,250-44%140-50$109$66,359,95914Lionsgate / Summit
17Admission$7,945-56%113-166$70$17,783,1997Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$38,56146%20--$1,928$83,5861Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Kon-Tiki$21,371-37%1412$1,527$107,2732Weinstein Company
3Life of Pi$15,171-45%99-32$153$124,757,30924Fox
4Trance$12,200-36%86-71$142$2,219,6365Fox Searchlight
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$12,151-21%4--$3,038$39,6301eOne Films US
6Quartet$11,848-40%86-44$138$18,096,07717Weinstein Company
7From Up on Poppy Hill$11,344-12%39-5$291$854,0188GKIDS
8To the Arctic 3D$9,007-30%520$173$12,368,20855Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$8,421-43%82-103$103$22,525,9218Warner Bros. / New Line
10A Good Day to Die Hard$8,355-59%72-50$116$67,294,33812Fox
11The Lords of Salem$7,504-18%50-230$150$1,143,5413Anchor Bay Films
12Spring Breakers$7,483-28%43-29$174$14,000,8118A24
1321 And Over$7,287-26%82-54$89$25,650,58610Relativity Media
14Starbuck$5,529-39%281$197$3,757,0917eOne Films US
15The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,349-4%10-15$535$538,63210Methinx Entertainment
16Dark Skies$4,663-21%29-34$161$17,367,45711Weinstein / Dimension
17Parental Guidance$3,109-56%42-19$74$77,240,66619Fox
18Born to Be Wild 3D$2,427-70%300$81$22,570,466109Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Girl Rising$2,000251%39-33$51$1,097,6579Gathr Films
20Emperor$1,938-47%20-6$97$3,309,3039Roadside Attractions
21Camp (2013)$1,604-27%12-16$134$310,84511Freestyle Releasing
22Not Today$1,040-13%30$347$152,8354Freestyle Releasing
23Django Unchained$940-56%12-26$78$162,800,48019Weinstein Company