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, Jun. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$16,775,640--2,536--$6,615$16,775,6401Universal
2The Internship$6,473,241--3,366--$1,923$6,473,2411Fox
3Fast & Furious 6$6,088,415115%3,77185$1,615$189,274,1103Universal
4Now You See Me$6,064,92398%3,02095$2,008$47,938,9472Lionsgate / Summit
5Epic$3,628,85382%3,594-300$1,010$75,683,4093Fox
6After Earth$3,345,45193%3,4010$984$38,737,0202Sony / Columbia
7Star Trek Into Darkness$3,230,41284%3,152-433$1,025$191,670,8514Paramount
8The Hangover Part III$2,346,51066%3,242-323$724$97,340,4663Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$1,695,03389%2,351-544$721$390,224,6986Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,357,27561%2,160-475$628$133,302,3935Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$329,905124%5801$569$17,757,4007Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$225,770119%414-92$545$181,149,80812Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$104,67460%370-131$283$92,665,4539Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$75,99094%298-59$255$88,302,4408Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$57,123341%23687$242$97,970,98412FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$49,84440%236-50$211$121,768,87111Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$32,496-14%182-86$179$56,473,70717Weinstein Company
8Pain and Gain$31,044107%175-32$177$49,146,7827Paramount
9Evil Dead$27,096--171131$158$54,172,24910Sony / TriStar
10The Place Beyond the Pines$20,91067%13431$156$21,203,74411Focus
11Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$16,711241%1309$129$9,080,5195Lionsgate
12Quartet$10,016574%11497$88$18,277,77222Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$70,984--5--$14,197$70,9841Roadside Attractions
2The East$62,467780%4137$1,524$169,9082Fox Searchlight
3The Kings of Summer$61,819999%4440$1,405$143,4272CBS Films
4Stories We Tell$40,284220%7031$575$989,6885Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$31,33174%751$418$994,8147Weinstein Company
6The Call$21,238--91-47$233$51,825,21413Sony / TriStar
7Lost and Found in Armenia$17,162--9--$1,907$17,1621High Top Releasing
8The Big Wedding$15,72172%92-34$171$21,339,1367Lionsgate
9To the Arctic 3D$9,83161%520$189$12,728,79960Warner Bros. / IMAX
10We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$9,48081%2514$379$101,9303Focus World
11The Sapphires$9,15025%55-3$166$2,245,36012Weinstein Company
12Not Today$8,497149%191$447$264,2949Freestyle Releasing
13Jack the Giant Slayer$7,773-26%58-85$134$65,152,61715Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$6,906--11--$628$6,9061eOne Films US
15Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,079-18%29-9$210$422,7076eOne Films US
16Born to Be Wild 3D$5,5693%300$186$22,752,852114Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Tiger Eyes$5,102--17--$300$5,1021Freestyle Releasing
18Scary Movie 5$3,94787%510$77$31,423,5539Weinstein / Dimension
19Hello Herman$2,206--15--$147$2,2061Freestyle Releasing
20From Up on Poppy Hill$1,028-44%10-2$103$989,60713GKIDS
21Spring Breakers$390-81%5-35$78$14,123,14013A24
22Emperor$329-52%5-1$66$3,344,31414Roadside Attractions
23Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$160--31$53$1,5302Cinema Purgatorio