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 $24.94 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 $50.43 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 this weekend. 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 Sat, Aug. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$6,991,64546%3,110177$2,248$47,039,5212Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$5,583,68638%3,445120$1,621$87,866,0193Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$3,764,61620%3,118--$1,207$11,643,1631Sony / Screen Gems
4Planes$3,717,22959%3,378-338$1,100$57,077,0393Disney
5The World's End$3,125,185-11%1,551--$2,015$6,640,0391Focus
6Elysium$2,897,32843%2,913-371$995$66,872,5243Sony / TriStar
7You're Next$2,502,592-16%2,437--$1,027$5,487,7971Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,292,39352%2,730-350$840$46,944,3233Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$1,766,98530%2,9455$600$21,274,8202Universal
102 Guns$1,454,39049%1,841-630$790$64,424,2904Universal
11Jobs$1,195,00131%2,3810$502$11,248,2992Open Road
12The Smurfs 2$1,173,25756%1,852-497$634$61,742,9734Sony / Columbia
13Despicable Me 2$1,100,57554%1,402-416$785$349,916,0158Universal
14The Wolverine$1,077,05250%1,449-609$743$124,390,3945Fox
15The Conjuring$919,19741%1,355-646$678$131,181,8186Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$552,64726%2,4590$225$5,928,7502Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Grown Ups 2$417,84048%620-621$674$128,744,5247Sony / Columbia
2Turbo$278,61565%470-289$593$78,589,7906Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The Heat$248,29845%409-282$607$156,267,6529Fox
4The Spectacular Now$237,07326%15499$1,539$1,709,8944A24
5The Way, Way Back$181,65947%302-155$602$18,526,0668Fox Searchlight
6Pacific Rim$174,79447%260-184$672$99,066,4137Warner Bros.
7Chennai Express$170,99158%144-46$1,187$4,579,0983UTV Motion Pictures
8Man of Steel$154,67552%303-62$510$290,132,37711Warner Bros.
9Red 2$152,88248%389-326$393$51,514,8916Lionsgate / Summit
10Now You See Me$142,13543%246112$578$116,338,40713Lionsgate / Summit
11World War Z$134,75647%239-68$564$198,766,66210Paramount
12White House Down$118,63250%229122$518$72,357,4179Sony / Columbia
13Fruitvale Station$117,12943%392-85$299$15,108,0117Weinstein Company
14R.I.P.D.$93,97557%179-24$525$32,678,6906Universal
15Star Trek Into Darkness$46,29058%144-66$321$227,347,08215Paramount
16Epic$34,15375%115-53$297$107,332,98714Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$125,38356%7538$1,672$654,2963Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$53,37337%7--$7,625$92,2291Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$23,52078%98-43$240$238,534,62514Universal
4This Is The End$18,60536%38-20$490$96,757,72711Sony / Columbia
5The Croods$17,89090%69-45$259$187,060,89423Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Unfinished Song$6,40115%27-16$237$1,605,76310Weinstein Company
7Savannah$6,2057%14--$443$11,9981Ketchup Entertainment
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,8855%27-9$181$4,249,05012Roadside Attractions
9Mud$3,64253%16-12$228$21,580,01518Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$2,12913%2-2$1,065$27,1742Freestyle Releasing
11Stories We Tell$1,60498%6-2$267$1,581,96416Roadside Attractions
12The Bling Ring$1,502154%7-11$215$5,831,14011A24
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,2272%1--$1,227$20,3725Rialto Pictures
14Pain and Gain$86618%22-64$39$49,874,33018Paramount
15Inch'Allah$72532%21$363$457,5292eOne Films US
16Girl Most Likely$36541%1-1$365$1,375,8166Roadside Attractions