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, Nov. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$9,825,482--3,407--$2,884$9,825,4821Lionsgate / Summit
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$6,082,641242%3,3459$1,818$47,640,9772Paramount
3Last Vegas$5,089,792--3,065--$1,661$5,089,7921CBS Films
4Free Birds$3,943,646--3,736--$1,056$3,943,6461Relativity Media
5Gravity$3,579,681118%3,024-683$1,184$209,645,6945Warner Bros.
6Captain Phillips$2,431,599107%3,021-122$805$76,482,1064Sony / Columbia
7The Counselor$1,042,37092%3,0440$342$11,429,8792Fox
8Carrie (2013)$1,003,68811%2,252-905$446$29,576,5763Sony / Screen Gems
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$915,075154%2,430-681$377$102,910,2526Sony / Columbia
10Escape Plan$608,68460%1,966-917$310$19,928,4303Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$1,272,416645%410287$3,103$5,432,7403Fox Searchlight
2About Time$319,375--175--$1,825$319,3751Universal
3Enough Said$308,68961%662-173$466$14,032,3697Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$165,454197%13048$1,273$1,029,1463Roadside Attractions
5We're the Millers$122,31396%555-231$220$148,930,55913Warner Bros. / New Line
6Insidious: Chapter 2$119,1185%553-676$215$82,531,5498FilmDistrict
7Prisoners$114,3545%465-882$246$59,662,9617Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me 2$100,425231%309-70$325$364,451,41018Universal
9Rush (2013)$90,93517%303-374$300$26,241,9447Universal
10Baggage Claim$62,04390%294-300$211$21,045,8066Fox Searchlight
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$50,77825%312-132$163$114,929,40212Weinstein Company
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$50,745181%251-52$202$67,331,48513Fox
13Don Jon$50,64011%181-359$280$23,769,2226Relativity Media
14I'm in Love with a Church Girl$49,34825%243-215$203$1,916,4353High Top Releasing
15Machete Kills$48,1351%263-990$183$7,517,8434Open Road
16Runner Runner$29,057-46%237-732$123$19,083,5805Fox
17Grown Ups 2$28,173--148-40$190$133,380,87917Sony / Columbia
18Instructions Not Included$22,88682%136-165$168$44,045,64110Lionsgate / Pantelion
19The Wolverine$19,86479%119-45$167$132,303,52415Fox
20The Smurfs 2$15,278--135-70$113$70,814,75214Sony / Columbia
21Pulling Strings$14,195-2%109-206$130$5,658,4465Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$68,988--9--$7,665$68,9881Focus
2Diana$19,250--38--$507$19,2501eOne Films US
3The Family (2013)$14,1447%87-131$163$36,545,5978Relativity Media
4Grace Unplugged$12,797-7%81-127$158$2,419,2985Roadside Attractions
5Turbo$12,016168%69-39$174$82,758,87116Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Heat$9,395157%42-38$224$159,492,21519Fox
7Elysium$6,524--38-23$172$92,554,73113Sony / TriStar
8Romeo and Juliet (2013)$6,23323%22-69$283$1,104,1494Relativity Media
9In a World...$5,519126%22-10$251$2,892,90613Roadside Attractions
10Big Sur$4,734--13--$364$4,7341Ketchup Entertainment
11Spinning Plates$2,752--63$459$30,3762The Film Arcade
12The World's End$2,747134%16-10$172$25,965,51711Focus
13The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,904-52%5-9$381$41,9346Rialto Pictures
14The Spectacular Now$780-15%18-6$43$6,835,03514A24
15Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$424-63%10$424$13,0672Cinepix
16Linsanity$299-65%4-4$75$258,4275Ketchup Entertainment
17Hotel Normandy$292--1--$292$3,7716Rialto Premieres
18Torn$176--2-3$88$16,7723The Film Collective