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 Thu, Jul. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$4,224,379-6%2,903--$1,455$61,736,6281Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$3,208,885-5%3,820-71$840$290,388,5853Universal
3Turbo$2,588,882-1%3,806255$680$42,442,9981Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$2,354,259-3%3,4910$674$90,163,7712Sony / Columbia
5Pacific Rim$1,770,477-7%3,28510$539$76,486,1042Warner Bros.
6Red 2$1,597,128-10%3,016--$530$25,674,3561Lionsgate / Summit
7The Heat$1,224,7650%2,689-306$455$134,394,7444Fox
8R.I.P.D.$1,211,845-8%2,852--$425$18,494,9801Universal
9Monsters University$834,8130%2,186-652$382$252,612,1885Disney
10World War Z$635,118-9%2,066-937$307$189,859,5465Paramount
11The Lone Ranger$530,212-7%2,273-1159$233$83,637,0133Disney
12White House Down$294,649-4%1,454-1112$203$69,724,7694Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$231,262-8%1,050-1100$220$286,058,2726Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$269,2287%304225$886$5,631,4413Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$169,523-6%748-144$227$30,752,9303Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$146,940-9%622-772$236$95,114,2856Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$78,619-4%351--$224$1,025,1141Roadside Attractions
5Epic$68,282-4%319-17$214$105,876,5909Fox
6Now You See Me$63,741-16%333-517$191$114,693,5918Lionsgate / Summit
7Star Trek Into Darkness$55,236-5%250-153$221$225,352,74310Paramount
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$54,352-3%302177$180$143,888,40511Warner Bros.
9Fast & Furious 6$43,125-6%279-43$155$237,303,8509Universal
10The Croods$41,531-5%212-20$196$186,204,79618Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Internship$34,0440%2024$169$43,721,5977Fox
12The Purge$18,720-8%156-4$120$64,147,8707Universal
13The Hangover Part III$16,9085%202-63$84$111,950,5129Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$90,1247%3427$2,651$1,682,3162Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$24,2204%95-43$255$3,922,1447Roadside Attractions
3Unfinished Song$21,2473%88-3$241$1,152,9325Weinstein Company
4Mud$13,9156%77-36$181$21,294,44113Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$12,048-3%38-59$317$5,676,6346A24
6The Kings of Summer$6,73916%35-21$193$1,315,5008CBS Films
742 (2013)$5,11118%85-20$60$95,020,21315Warner Bros.
8Pain and Gain$4,4461%70-80$64$49,753,51713Paramount
9The East$4,1390%31-36$134$2,225,5258Fox Searchlight
10Stories We Tell$3,841-15%22-6$175$1,534,24411Roadside Attractions
11Copperhead$3,5758%3631$99$158,7334Brainstorm Media
12Kon-Tiki$2,66371%9-12$296$1,474,03313Weinstein Company
13The Sapphires$648-8%10-5$65$2,450,86718Weinstein Company
14Scary Movie 5$4014%8-25$50$32,015,78715Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$299-24%7-48$43$57,012,97723Weinstein Company
16Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$140-82%42$35$518,34212eOne Films US
17Not Today$676%10$67$318,12115Freestyle Releasing