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, Nov. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$1,503,661-29%3,407--$441$32,501,6121Lionsgate / Summit
2Last Vegas$1,415,350-26%3,065--$462$21,033,9431CBS Films
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,317,244-25%3,3459$394$66,180,0192Paramount
4Gravity$894,262-23%3,024-683$296$221,833,6955Warner Bros.
5Captain Phillips$646,378-21%3,021-122$214$84,545,5794Sony / Columbia
6Free Birds$560,112-54%3,736--$150$18,295,3711Relativity Media
7The Counselor$311,549-24%3,0440$102$14,798,5202Fox
8Carrie (2013)$209,798-29%2,252-905$93$32,581,6273Sony / Screen Gems
9Escape Plan$183,685-29%1,966-917$93$22,220,0503Lionsgate / Summit
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$165,839-60%2,430-681$68$106,934,1936Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$425,757-18%410287$1,038$10,349,2343Fox Searchlight
2About Time$110,250-10%175--$630$1,402,1181Universal
3Enough Said$100,344-9%662-173$152$15,105,3377Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$59,224-2%13048$456$1,606,8453Roadside Attractions
5We're the Millers$42,577-20%555-231$77$149,365,15013Warner Bros. / New Line
6Machete Kills$40,890-5%263-990$155$7,748,1694Open Road
7Rush (2013)$34,845-15%303-374$115$26,596,4547Universal
8Prisoners$31,733-33%465-882$68$60,060,7177Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me 2$23,175-29%309-70$75$364,856,21018Universal
10Don Jon$22,169-6%181-359$122$23,954,1066Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$21,965-17%312-132$70$115,137,66612Weinstein Company
12Insidious: Chapter 2$20,234-22%553-676$37$82,891,9278FilmDistrict
13Baggage Claim$14,260-26%294-300$49$21,272,9496Fox Searchlight
14I'm in Love with a Church Girl$11,048-36%243-215$45$2,098,5653High Top Releasing
15Runner Runner$10,970-21%237-732$46$19,192,0385Fox
16Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$9,989-32%251-52$40$67,527,97013Fox
17Instructions Not Included$6,612-10%136-165$49$44,152,94510Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Wolverine$5,348-16%119-45$45$132,374,21715Fox
19Pulling Strings$4,761-19%109-206$44$5,728,4325Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$22,498-18%9--$2,500$332,6231Focus
2Diana$8,946-10%38--$235$95,0201eOne Films US
3The Family (2013)$5,262-23%87-131$60$36,595,4068Relativity Media
4Turbo$2,784-18%69-39$40$82,815,89816Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Heat$2,586-10%42-38$62$159,519,23519Fox
6In a World...$2,58037%22-10$117$2,912,77213Roadside Attractions
7Grace Unplugged$2,215-28%81-127$27$2,459,1475Roadside Attractions
8Big Sur$2,21210%13--$170$23,4991Ketchup Entertainment
9Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2,078-44%22-69$94$1,115,0504Relativity Media
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,607149%5-9$321$48,8446Rialto Pictures
11Linsanity$1,4371023%4-4$359$261,5135Ketchup Entertainment
12The World's End$1,28315%16-10$80$25,974,92411Focus
13The Spectacular Now$849106%18-6$47$6,838,46914A24
14Torn$273190%2--$137$17,9843The Film Collective
15Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$28-96%10$28$18,7702Cinepix