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 Wed, Oct. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$2,317,300-21%3,820160$607$177,237,1863Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$1,375,966-23%3,0200$456$56,944,5352Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$871,965-29%3,157--$276$19,277,9621Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$701,770-33%2,883--$243$12,448,6601Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$377,857-19%3,602-272$105$94,021,4264Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$194,006-24%2,160-695$90$57,884,7055Warner Bros.
7Runner Runner$160,420-28%2,011-1015$80$18,121,8763Fox
8The Fifth Estate$142,932-24%1,769--$81$2,151,0941Disney / DreamWorks
9Machete Kills$131,002-23%2,5380$52$6,843,3872Open Road
10Don Jon$127,038-20%1,114-882$114$22,893,5034Relativity Media
11Rush (2013)$125,410-23%1,197-933$105$25,030,7495Universal
12Insidious: Chapter 2$84,429-12%1,665-491$51$81,163,1386FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$186,079-12%757151$246$11,292,2115Fox Searchlight
2We're the Millers$71,210-8%881-269$81$147,920,21811Warner Bros. / New Line
3Baggage Claim$63,008-20%865-455$73$20,217,4074Fox Searchlight
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$51,618-23%457--$113$1,153,3691High Top Releasing
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$47,132-14%602-378$78$114,422,60110Weinstein Company
6Pulling Strings$32,549-27%43810$74$5,278,7843Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Instructions Not Included$29,772-24%475-236$63$43,645,6068Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Despicable Me 2$25,870-13%395-39$65$363,826,46516Universal
9The Family (2013)$24,738-20%483-567$51$36,372,6896Relativity Media
10Romeo and Juliet (2013)$21,164-4%4610$46$1,003,0652Relativity Media
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$15,110-21%350-54$43$66,975,82811Fox
12The Wolverine$14,563-16%207-20$70$132,125,95613Fox
13Grace Unplugged$14,267-21%313-189$46$2,226,3363Roadside Attractions
14Riddick$12,750-9%253-177$50$41,925,2057Universal
152 Guns$9,390-13%135-31$70$75,602,94512Universal
16The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$8,059-14%1470$55$466,3802Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
17The Heat$6,404-15%103-36$62$159,422,99017Fox
18Turbo$6,045-9%149-38$41$82,648,27914Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$3,261-10%113-32$29$137,355,22314Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$83,358-2%19--$4,387$1,182,0951Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$11,7744%6--$1,962$128,0851Roadside Attractions
3In a World...$4,628-3%47-7$98$2,850,81011Roadside Attractions
4Haute Cuisine$3,2831%21-9$156$199,9875Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$2,8533%5421$53$6,819,77112A24
6The World's End$2,62612%40-33$66$25,941,2789Focus
7Populaire$1,30216%14-7$93$178,2507Weinstein Company
8Linsanity$1,258-33%9-7$140$232,2553Ketchup Entertainment
9Thanks for Sharing$1,186-27%14-2$85$1,048,9375Roadside Attractions
10We Are What We Are (2013)$1,048-1%12-1$87$67,3234eOne Films US
11Torn$99315%1--$993$7,5361The Film Collective
12Fruitvale Station$942-7%20-21$47$16,089,41615Weinstein Company
13The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2992%53$60$23,0374Rialto Pictures
14The Grandmaster$138-38%9-7$15$6,594,6689Weinstein Company