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. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$14,416,58352%4,0040$3,601$139,242,0312Disney
2The Heat$13,718,456--3,181--$4,313$13,718,4561Fox
3White House Down$9,025,649--3,222--$2,801$9,025,6491Sony / Columbia
4World War Z$8,994,72660%3,6070$2,494$102,917,0202Paramount
5Man of Steel$6,008,58853%4,131-76$1,455$233,848,6943Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$2,602,95349%2,710-345$960$68,583,9623Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$1,676,61258%2,564-259$654$100,857,2035Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$720,75045%1,550-867$465$231,623,5206Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$552,20439%1,035-530$534$219,013,0717Paramount
10The Internship$423,8837%1,008-908$421$40,703,9694Fox
11The Purge$403,9202%1,122-1079$360$61,966,6404Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jun. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$416,18099%540-384$771$404,448,2369Disney
2Epic$261,651-11%774-1220$338$102,451,1766Fox
3The Bling Ring$258,0086%630-20$410$3,771,3133A24
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$150,25849%22216$677$1,768,0064Roadside Attractions
5The Croods$143,18651%307-17$466$184,095,45615Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$110,67317%255-107$434$142,099,3498Warner Bros.
7The Hangover Part III$101,03126%277-253$365$110,461,4606Warner Bros.
8After Earth$92,440-22%331-835$279$58,016,5105Sony / Columbia
9The East$67,58359%185-10$365$1,452,6475Fox Searchlight
1042 (2013)$55,36320%252-73$220$94,435,79112Warner Bros.
11Mud$52,48844%168-45$312$20,417,41310Roadside Attractions
12Olympus Has Fallen$28,25051%165-12$171$98,696,10215FilmDistrict
13The Big Wedding$21,16055%101-40$210$21,696,81310Lionsgate
14G.I. Joe: Retaliation$20,76134%118-21$176$122,342,33214Paramount
15Scary Movie 5$19,07445%122-12$156$31,744,80912Weinstein / Dimension
16Escape From Planet Earth$9,4374%101-37$93$56,831,49620Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jun. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghanchakkar$51,600--89--$580$51,6001UTV Motion Pictures
2The Kings of Summer$21,8554%48-17$455$862,4855CBS Films
3Unfinished Song$21,160552%1917$1,114$60,7272Weinstein Company
4Copperhead$18,922--59--$321$18,9221Brainstorm Media
5To the Arctic 3D$14,772105%520$284$12,903,71663Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Born to Be Wild 3D$8,04130%300$268$22,884,299117Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Stories We Tell$7,042-11%23-10$306$1,364,1838Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$6,896-17%34-19$203$1,341,53510Weinstein Company
9Redemption (2013)$5,304--19--$279$5,3041Roadside Attractions
10The Sapphires$4,56328%18-11$254$2,382,64715Weinstein Company
11Pain and Gain$2,965-16%26-24$114$49,352,15410Paramount
12Not Today$2,9231354%52$585$300,51012Freestyle Releasing
13Lost and Found in Armenia$2,2406%21$1,120$112,7334High Top Releasing
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,142--1--$1,142$28,81011Rialto Pictures
15Detention of the Dead$1,128--2--$564$1,1281Anchor Bay Films
16Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$97136%6-2$162$494,4419eOne Films US
17Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$400394%1-16$400$6,6722High Top Releasing
18Made in Cleveland$227-31%3-2$76$9,0252Striped Entertainment
19The Stroller Strategy$51--1--$51$3,0413Rialto Premieres