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 Thu, May. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$7,609,602-6%4,253--$1,789$212,421,0841Disney
2Pain and Gain$649,8101%3,28710$198$36,608,2002Paramount
3Oblivion (2013)$481,9054%3,430-362$140$77,791,6153Universal
442 (2013)$477,4724%3,345-60$143$80,081,8794Warner Bros.
5The Big Wedding$355,491-7%2,6330$135$15,787,6912Lionsgate
6The Croods$230,56610%2,915-368$79$169,615,4777Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Place Beyond the Pines$149,966-3%1,162-422$129$19,303,5366Focus
8Olympus Has Fallen$127,1311%1,632-702$78$95,877,6247FilmDistrict
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$101,3727%1,804-903$56$119,156,8916Paramount
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$80,2985%1,160-450$69$229,182,3209Disney
11Scary Movie 5$76,011-5%1,857-876$41$29,938,0304Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$208,6640%576213$362$6,019,9792Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$87,8750%980-868$90$44,118,9105Universal
3Evil Dead$62,661-1%959-1227$65$53,465,5085Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$33,5430%504-438$67$51,512,4996Lionsgate
5Silver Linings Playbook$23,899-2%468107$51$131,803,58325Weinstein Company
6Jack the Giant Slayer$20,1664%335-30$60$64,235,58810Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Sapphires$16,705-2%123-3$136$1,699,8907Weinstein Company
8Identity Thief$16,6152%300-125$55$133,522,00513Universal
9The Host (2013)$16,56810%290-321$57$26,209,5846Open Road
10Snitch (2013)$11,86515%215-37$55$42,570,38011Lionsgate / Summit
11Filly Brown$10,687-4%204-55$52$2,657,7893Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Side Effects (2013)$8,4736%16557$51$32,119,04813Open Road
13Safe Haven$6,6616%169-90$39$71,236,54012Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$6,416-17%257-26$25$55,239,23712Weinstein Company
15Admission$5,40421%113-166$48$17,802,5387Focus
16Warm Bodies$5,3675%140-50$38$66,380,66214Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$26,460279%39-33$678$1,144,2979Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$11,57624%520$223$12,401,17355Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$8,96438%300$299$22,599,435109Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kon-Tiki$8,146-5%1412$582$140,7482Weinstein Company
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,2282%4--$1,557$62,3571eOne Films US
6Quartet$6,210-10%86-44$72$18,122,76017Weinstein Company
7Trance$6,094-21%86-71$71$2,246,8565Fox Searchlight
8Life of Pi$5,6587%99-32$57$124,778,50224Fox
9Spring Breakers$5,10612%43-29$119$14,019,7248A24
10From Up on Poppy Hill$4,03625%39-5$103$867,4448GKIDS
11Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$3,453-1%20--$173$102,3691Lionsgate / Pantelion
1221 And Over$3,3316%82-54$41$25,663,61210Relativity Media
13The Lords of Salem$3,305-13%50-230$66$1,157,6663Anchor Bay Films
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$3,26617%82-103$40$22,537,8818Warner Bros. / New Line
15Starbuck$2,74229%281$98$3,770,5927eOne Films US
16A Good Day to Die Hard$2,66212%72-50$37$67,305,15912Fox
17Emperor$2,023132%22-4$92$3,313,9829Roadside Attractions
18Dark Skies$1,2016%29-34$41$17,372,31411Weinstein / Dimension
19The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,0083%100$101$541,93210Methinx Entertainment
20Django Unchained$74433%12-26$62$162,803,11419Weinstein Company
21Parental Guidance$691-2%42-19$16$77,243,66119Fox
22Camp (2013)$611-14%12-16$51$313,39011Freestyle Releasing
23Not Today$32460%30$108$153,8514Freestyle Releasing