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 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 Thu, Sep. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$1,009,775-15%3,107--$325$24,266,3751Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$714,889-5%3,3300$215$94,459,1184Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$586,428-8%3,4450$170$126,187,0965Warner Bros. / New Line
4Elysium$275,862-9%2,241-298$123$86,337,6155Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$191,948-14%1,520-33$126$22,664,6163Focus
6Planes$190,421-4%3,033-226$63$79,917,6565Disney
7This Is The End$166,864-18%2,1612127$77$99,641,40213Sony / Columbia
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$143,123-9%2,519-599$57$28,514,6063Sony / Screen Gems
9Getaway$125,143-17%2,1355$59$9,296,8132Warner Bros.
10One Direction: This Is Us$115,8541%2,7350$42$24,487,2022Sony / TriStar
112 Guns$110,705-14%1,165-246$95$72,578,4006Universal
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$100,2250%2,045-348$49$60,210,4395Fox
13You're Next$83,745-31%1,902-535$44$17,376,9203Lionsgate
14Despicable Me 2$62,9950%1,050-234$60$357,831,32010Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$412,737-10%717369$576$22,330,6982Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$85,662-16%80455$107$5,357,5003Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$71,690-24%8700$82$5,378,7002Focus
4The Spectacular Now$61,687-11%41530$149$5,032,7706A24
5The Wolverine$53,299-13%698-290$76$129,660,8647Fox
6The Conjuring$48,270-9%716-187$67$135,403,5448Warner Bros. / New Line
7Kick-Ass 2$43,030-13%662-984$65$28,306,4004Universal
8World War Z$38,033-4%374-873$102$201,518,83312Paramount
9Jobs$37,189-10%502-800$74$15,690,0264Open Road
10The Ultimate Life$36,574-9%412--$89$829,4631High Top Releasing
11The Way, Way Back$35,251-14%550-104$64$20,560,13710Fox Searchlight
12The Smurfs 2$34,3958%949-417$36$68,318,7936Sony / Columbia
13The Heat$28,421-6%350-43$81$158,015,13211Fox
14Pacific Rim$26,043-2%307-94$85$100,970,2699Warner Bros.
15In a World...$25,347-11%10211$249$1,770,9505Roadside Attractions
16Monsters University$24,984-1%596-1293$42$265,092,05412Disney
17Turbo$20,124-8%358-80$56$80,700,5268Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Now You See Me$14,820-8%205-34$72$117,448,42415Lionsgate / Summit
19Red 2$14,30414%250-11$57$52,498,1648Lionsgate / Summit
20Fruitvale Station$10,678-16%188-106$57$15,805,3089Weinstein Company
21R.I.P.D.$9,910-9%1810$55$33,327,1208Universal
22Man of Steel$8,837-3%201-83$44$290,960,54813Warner Bros.
23Star Trek Into Darkness$5,2111%106-852$49$228,778,66117Paramount
24Paranoia$4,896-10%178-214$28$7,217,7754Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salinger$6,488-4%4--$1,622$113,7171Weinstein Company
2Satyagraha$4,227-33%79-4$54$700,2372UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$2,682-24%53-40$51$5,236,1745UTV Motion Pictures
4Passion$2,30418%13-1$177$79,6342eOne Films US
5Epic$2,1742%56-24$39$107,499,81416Fox
6Populaire$1,884-18%3--$628$23,2271Weinstein Company
7Unfinished Song$1,756-4%214$84$1,653,83912Weinstein Company
8Stories We Tell$1,49878%9--$166$1,595,54518Roadside Attractions
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,271-24%196$67$4,284,68514Roadside Attractions
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,098-37%1--$1,098$13,2841Rialto Pictures
11Savannah$324-30%50$65$31,1223Ketchup Entertainment
12Mud$1998%4-2$50$21,590,08620Roadside Attractions
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$181-37%1-1$181$37,3837Rialto Pictures
14Underdogs (2013)$27-71%10$27$35,0174Freestyle Releasing
15Girl Most Likely$16-84%21$8$1,378,5918Roadside Attractions