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, Aug. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elysium$11,088,228--3,284--$3,376$11,088,2281Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$8,515,81681%3,260--$2,612$20,004,5991Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$8,158,972--3,702--$2,204$8,158,9721Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,899,99144%3,031--$1,617$13,757,0501Fox
52 Guns$3,436,78071%3,0283$1,135$40,825,6852Universal
6The Smurfs 2$3,151,48945%3,8671$815$40,294,9922Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$2,434,14333%2,867-1057$849$106,420,3133Fox
8The Conjuring$2,141,95768%2,650-465$808$116,186,8634Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$1,904,02538%2,395-812$795$334,470,2206Universal
10Grown Ups 2$1,206,78850%2,102-973$574$121,347,7195Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$708,4961%1,771-1214$400$73,478,4504Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$641,99446%1,351-723$475$152,257,9397Fox
13Red 2$588,59529%1,574-1181$374$47,999,8174Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chennai Express$759,665288%196--$3,876$955,6811UTV Motion Pictures
2The Way, Way Back$485,66770%780-221$623$15,305,8556Fox Searchlight
3Pacific Rim$447,6010%980-823$457$95,677,1325Warner Bros.
4Fruitvale Station$420,95052%828-258$508$12,468,6105Weinstein Company
5Monsters University$221,51314%405-474$547$259,709,0298Disney
6Man of Steel$216,325316%426122$508$288,147,9889Warner Bros.
7World War Z$200,13416%505-407$396$197,003,7668Paramount
8R.I.P.D.$138,6554%478-1225$290$31,649,8504Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$86,78632%256-44$339$226,600,01213Paramount
10White House Down$51,305--159-194$323$71,836,4737Sony / Columbia
11Epic$47,7097%222-33$215$106,871,92112Fox
12Now You See Me$45,38365%143-63$317$115,651,92311Lionsgate / Summit
13Fast & Furious 6$41,06543%191-39$215$238,180,72012Universal
14This Is The End$37,590--102-66$369$96,425,9679Sony / Columbia
15The Internship$31,32229%136-36$230$44,353,01610Fox
16The Croods$29,5967%142-20$208$186,789,51221Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Great Gatsby (2013)$25,305-12%135-93$187$144,651,04414Warner Bros.
18After Earth$20,941--109-37$192$60,367,92611Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$84,153440%1915$4,429$352,2562A24
2The To Do List$24,039-35%86-499$280$3,401,5693CBS Films
3In a World...$21,754--3--$7,251$21,7541Roadside Attractions
4Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$19,17428%77-137$249$32,120,1416Lionsgate / Summit
5Unfinished Song$15,71334%53-15$296$1,471,7368Weinstein Company
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$13,36450%53-5$252$4,142,21710Roadside Attractions
7Mud$9,4043%44-18$214$21,515,42716Roadside Attractions
8The Hangover Part III$6,20116%46-57$135$112,172,86712Warner Bros.
9The Bling Ring$5,518102%401$138$5,794,9979A24
10Pain and Gain$2,888125%19-1$152$49,794,36716Paramount
11Girl Most Likely$2,484-20%12-24$207$1,364,7374Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$2,0740%10-7$207$1,565,72814Roadside Attractions
13Copperhead$68223%1-1$682$170,1837Brainstorm Media