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 Mon, Oct. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$2,804,645-65%3,336--$841$34,859,8221Paramount
2Gravity$1,502,304-70%3,707-113$405$201,152,0524Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$896,782-68%3,143123$285$70,812,8653Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$647,990-63%3,044--$213$8,490,9201Fox
5Carrie (2013)$506,548-66%3,1570$160$26,616,6162Sony / Screen Gems
6Escape Plan$398,643-69%2,8830$138$18,040,4642Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$316,287-82%3,111-491$102$101,102,8665Sony / Columbia
8Prisoners$94,035-64%1,347-813$70$59,221,4366Warner Bros.
9The Fifth Estate$66,278-58%1,7690$37$2,914,6342Disney / DreamWorks
10Insidious: Chapter 2$56,258-69%1,229-436$46$82,189,9367FilmDistrict
11Machete Kills$49,204-46%1,253-1285$39$7,317,8633Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$195,188-67%123104$1,587$3,589,4562Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$139,661-64%83578$167$13,193,7576Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$64,315-65%677-520$95$25,920,8496Universal
4Runner Runner$56,505-62%969-1042$58$18,876,0434Fox
5We're the Millers$56,135-59%786-95$71$148,617,81312Warner Bros. / New Line
6Don Jon$54,129-59%540-574$100$23,555,7515Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$38,009-70%594-271$64$20,875,8235Fox Searchlight
8I'm in Love with a Church Girl$37,953-71%4581$83$1,754,4402High Top Releasing
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$26,830-61%444-158$60$114,769,65011Weinstein Company
10Despicable Me 2$26,555-76%379-16$70$364,275,18517Universal
11Instructions Not Included$18,994-81%301-174$63$43,975,2619Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Pulling Strings$18,841-82%315-123$60$5,593,4264Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$15,785-75%303-47$52$67,236,89912Fox
14The Family (2013)$9,741-58%218-265$45$36,495,2817Relativity Media
15The Wolverine$9,596-65%164-43$59$132,253,71514Fox
16Grace Unplugged$8,316-74%208-105$40$2,375,4074Roadside Attractions
17Riddick$7,020-57%156-97$45$42,004,8108Universal
18Turbo$4,957-80%108-41$46$82,734,65615Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$2,207-64%100-13$22$137,389,47915Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$52,533-64%8276$641$703,3202Roadside Attractions
2Romeo and Juliet (2013)$5,709-26%91-370$63$1,076,4173Relativity Media
3The Heat$2,737-65%80-23$34$159,472,02518Fox
4In a World...$1,949-69%32-15$61$2,881,05012Roadside Attractions
5The World's End$1,840-33%26-14$71$25,957,56910Focus
6The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$1,655-63%49-98$34$489,0033Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
7The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,188-57%149$85$32,9455Rialto Pictures
8We Are What We Are (2013)$1,105-55%175$65$77,7385eOne Films US
9Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,020-36%1--$1,020$8,0261Cinepix
10Haute Cuisine$1,005-62%14-7$72$213,0776Weinstein Company
11The Spectacular Now$993-58%24-30$41$6,831,52513A24
12Thanks for Sharing$975-58%11-3$89$1,060,2146Roadside Attractions
13Fruitvale Station$757-43%16-4$47$16,096,25816Weinstein Company
14Linsanity$692-81%8-1$87$253,4844Ketchup Entertainment