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 Tue, May. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek Into Darkness$6,761,446-15%3,868--$1,748$98,446,2621Paramount
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$2,858,1805%3,55015$805$96,257,0892Warner Bros.
3Iron Man 3$2,752,186-14%4,237-16$650$343,620,2203Disney
4Pain and Gain$392,732-2%2,429-874$162$47,505,9304Paramount
542 (2013)$267,0166%2,380-550$112$89,334,9366Warner Bros.
6Oblivion (2013)$258,7750%2,077-693$125$86,105,3805Universal
7The Croods$225,031-35%2,373-277$95$177,594,8829Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$203,91716%2,0410$100$8,248,2012Lionsgate
9The Big Wedding$181,47512%1,443-855$126$20,651,5044Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$260,23012%960108$271$12,153,4344Roadside Attractions
2Olympus Has Fallen$54,1740%466-370$116$97,441,0509FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$52,853-16%535-239$99$231,467,27011Disney
4The Place Beyond the Pines$48,7276%317-352$154$20,722,7228Focus
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$28,485-14%409-341$70$120,583,4858Paramount
6Scary Movie 5$28,436-1%508-499$56$31,263,4786Weinstein / Dimension
7Jurassic Park 3D$23,330-8%428-225$55$45,348,4807Universal
8Escape From Planet Earth$22,398-13%693439$32$55,660,59114Weinstein Company
9Jack the Giant Slayer$18,016-7%250-31$72$64,826,63412Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$15,545-2%241-38$65$134,020,47015Universal
11The Sapphires$12,299-12%102-16$121$2,015,5099Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$10,872-1%231-70$47$26,564,0528Open Road
13Snitch (2013)$9,0736%153-35$59$42,856,42313Lionsgate / Summit
14Tyler Perry's Temptation$8,433-1%150-128$56$51,864,7908Lionsgate
15Silver Linings Playbook$6,52426%131-192$50$132,040,39127Weinstein Company
16Admission$6,42313%129-27$50$17,967,0779Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$20,7927%6139$341$459,9914Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$13,8894%2321$604$202,3552Roadside Attractions
3Born to Be Wild 3D$8,107149%300$270$22,662,886111Warner Bros. / IMAX
4To the Arctic 3D$7,596-37%520$146$12,555,93957Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,771-6%241$282$203,8523eOne Films US
6Girl Rising$5,690-61%37-26$154$1,251,52411Gathr Films
7Safe Haven$3,85627%90-34$43$71,331,39214Relativity Media
8Quartet$3,1292%42-17$75$18,202,38719Weinstein Company
9Life of Pi$2,997-1%51-19$59$124,869,52226Fox
10From Up on Poppy Hill$2,564-6%36-1$71$934,30210GKIDS
11Filly Brown$2,32021%39-53$59$2,771,9315Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Trance$2,29217%23-17$100$2,299,8627Fox Searchlight
13Dark Skies$1,7658%323$55$17,415,32213Weinstein / Dimension
14Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$1,52125%25-18$61$172,1183Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Starbuck$1,41836%90$158$3,792,0849eOne Films US
16Spring Breakers$1,352-34%11-5$123$14,052,99310A24
17Not Today$1,141-31%61$190$179,5966Freestyle Releasing
18No One Lives$838-6%12-41$70$73,8712Anchor Bay Films
19A Good Day to Die Hard$801-41%31-19$26$67,346,55614Fox
20Hating Breitbart (PG-13)$74942%15--$50$7,8801Freestyle Releasing
21Emperor$52638%7-3$75$3,327,51211Roadside Attractions
22Camp (2013)$210166%2-1$105$316,86713Freestyle Releasing
23The Painting (2013)$2024%10$202$6,6752GKIDS