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 Wed, May. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Great Gatsby (2013)$3,910,118-21%3,535--$1,106$63,315,5541Warner Bros.
2Iron Man 3$3,871,497-25%4,2530$910$298,595,0762Disney
3Pain and Gain$450,623-25%3,30316$136$43,130,8403Paramount
4Oblivion (2013)$333,775-22%2,770-660$120$83,028,1354Universal
542 (2013)$333,208-13%2,930-415$114$85,715,3515Warner Bros.
6Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$244,704-29%2,041--$120$5,506,3101Lionsgate
7The Big Wedding$206,896-28%2,298-335$90$18,965,1813Lionsgate
8The Croods$191,615-13%2,650-265$72$173,828,4138Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Scary Movie 5$41,845-27%1,007-850$42$30,759,7635Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$218,365-9%852276$256$9,238,7823Roadside Attractions
2The Place Beyond the Pines$79,728-21%669-493$119$20,267,4767Focus
3Olympus Has Fallen$65,344-21%836-796$78$96,841,2398FilmDistrict
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$52,017-15%774-386$67$230,433,73510Disney
5Jurassic Park 3D$48,725-21%653-327$75$44,915,9806Universal
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$42,632-26%750-1054$57$119,911,4127Paramount
7Jack the Giant Slayer$17,820-11%281-54$63$64,539,48111Warner Bros. / New Line
8Tyler Perry's Temptation$15,429-9%278-226$56$51,749,9347Lionsgate
9Identity Thief$15,210-2%279-21$55$133,759,36514Universal
10The Host (2013)$15,035-12%30111$50$26,413,6907Open Road
11Silver Linings Playbook$13,695-11%323-145$42$131,968,84526Weinstein Company
12The Sapphires$13,021-12%118-5$110$1,877,6368Weinstein Company
13Snitch (2013)$9,371-12%188-27$50$42,718,04912Lionsgate / Summit
14Admission$8,837-9%15643$57$20,267,4768Focus
15Escape From Planet Earth$7,1504%254-3$28$55,360,10313Weinstein Company
16Side Effects (2013)$4,701-7%108-57$44$32,168,29214Open Road
17Safe Haven$3,680-17%124-45$30$71,293,41413Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$17,54013%6324$278$1,200,06710Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$12,1071%520$233$12,475,39456Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kon-Tiki$9,693-9%228$441$254,3433Weinstein Company
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,939-13%2319$345$130,2112eOne Films US
5Quartet$4,71717%59-27$80$18,170,97618Weinstein Company
6Stories We Tell$4,66417%2--$2,332$39,6031Roadside Attractions
7No One Lives$4,522-26%53--$85$64,7681Anchor Bay Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,974-25%300$132$22,631,494110Warner Bros. / IMAX
9From Up on Poppy Hill$3,92947%37-2$106$906,8279GKIDS
10Filly Brown$3,853-36%92-112$42$2,741,0684Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Life of Pi$3,445-36%70-29$49$124,829,70525Fox
12Trance$3,328-26%40-46$83$2,279,4816Fox Searchlight
13Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$2,982-24%4323$69$154,6762Lionsgate / Pantelion
14A Good Day to Die Hard$1,99112%50-22$40$67,328,88113Fox
15Spring Breakers$1,880-34%16-27$118$14,037,5929A24
1621 And Over$1,716-2%37-45$46$25,680,93411Relativity Media
17Starbuck$1,3817%9-19$153$3,781,2828eOne Films US
18Dark Skies$1,357-30%290$47$17,392,90012Weinstein / Dimension
19Emperor$97486%11-9$89$3,321,34910Roadside Attractions
20The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$66849%6-4$111$551,07511Methinx Entertainment
21Not Today$56227%52$112$160,6345Freestyle Releasing
22The Lords of Salem$312-65%15-35$21$1,165,3244Anchor Bay Films
23The Painting (2013)$22217%1--$222$4,2071GKIDS
24Django Unchained$21551%5-7$43$162,805,17520Weinstein Company
25Camp (2013)$80-45%3-9$27$315,35112Freestyle Releasing