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, Jul. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$7,573,068-4%4,0040$1,891$185,905,0212Disney
2The Heat$5,382,4371%3,181--$1,692$49,823,2691Fox
3World War Z$4,106,417-6%3,6070$1,138$132,190,4952Paramount
4White House Down$2,922,546-4%3,222--$907$30,827,9291Sony / Columbia
5Man of Steel$2,784,230-9%4,131-76$674$254,405,8463Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$1,236,408-19%2,710-345$456$77,438,9143Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$742,501-21%2,564-259$290$106,474,6945Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$278,985-20%1,550-867$180$233,979,5006Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$262,982-26%1,035-530$254$221,208,9297Paramount
10The Internship$173,459-28%1,008-908$172$42,126,4094Fox
11The Purge$129,030-34%1,122-1079$115$63,116,6954Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Epic$159,986-1%774-1220$207$103,331,1796Fox
2The Bling Ring$135,017-13%630-20$214$4,640,5843A24
3Iron Man 3$129,165-21%540-384$239$405,686,2719Disney
4The Croods$104,81021%307-17$341$184,611,16315Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$77,151-4%22216$348$2,350,9854Roadside Attractions
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$62,586-7%255-107$245$142,505,9508Warner Bros.
7After Earth$52,8533%331-835$160$58,351,2975Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$33,748-28%277-253$122$110,787,9266Warner Bros.
942 (2013)$33,38013%252-73$132$94,628,67412Warner Bros.
10The East$33,1021%185-10$179$1,706,3885Fox Searchlight
11Mud$27,777-8%168-45$165$20,628,28210Roadside Attractions
12Olympus Has Fallen$16,6318%165-12$101$98,802,26415FilmDistrict
13G.I. Joe: Retaliation$12,1761%118-21$103$122,424,65014Paramount
14Scary Movie 5$11,5541%122-12$95$31,837,08512Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$8,06341%101-37$80$56,866,27020Weinstein Company
16The Big Wedding$6,51312%101-40$64$21,811,84710Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghanchakkar$15,41712%89--$173$172,7921UTV Motion Pictures
2The Kings of Summer$14,27414%48-17$297$951,9305CBS Films
3Unfinished Song$12,0912%1917$636$155,7712Weinstein Company
4Copperhead$9,437-13%59--$160$75,8781Brainstorm Media
5To the Arctic 3D$6,35440%520$122$12,938,91363Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Kon-Tiki$4,61916%34-19$136$1,371,22210Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,987-3%300$133$22,904,961117Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Stories We Tell$3,9295%23-10$171$1,393,0228Roadside Attractions
9The Sapphires$3,569-20%18-11$198$2,401,08715Weinstein Company
10Redemption (2013)$2,669-17%19--$140$25,8791Roadside Attractions
11Pain and Gain$1,619-11%26-24$62$49,363,40910Paramount
12Not Today$1,050-9%52$210$311,75512Freestyle Releasing
13Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$710-10%1--$710$33,85611Rialto Pictures
14Lost and Found in Armenia$586-70%21$293$119,7144High Top Releasing
15Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$292-22%6-2$49$498,5509eOne Films US
16Made in Cleveland$22223%3-2$74$10,2762Striped Entertainment
17Tiger Eyes$19048%1-1$190$26,9864Freestyle Releasing
18Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$80--1-16$80$6,8612High Top Releasing
19Detention of the Dead$42-42%2--$21$1,4481Anchor Bay Films
20The Stroller Strategy$26-30%1--$26$3,3183Rialto Premieres