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 Tue, Nov. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$2,729,80824%3,8410$711$150,036,5612Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$2,256,760-7%2,024--$1,115$34,793,1101Universal
3Last Vegas$954,09042%3,237155$295$48,159,9473CBS Films
4Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$624,47319%3,1903$196$91,104,5674Paramount
5Gravity$553,05230%2,560-160$216$241,356,9317Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$530,37329%1,411267$376$25,796,5105Fox Searchlight
7Ender's Game$506,74624%3,236-171$157$54,507,9313Lionsgate / Summit
8Captain Phillips$432,23436%2,626-20$165$98,252,6076Sony / Columbia
9Free Birds$372,43727%3,510-226$106$42,689,7153Relativity Media
10About Time$371,36542%1,28080$290$12,080,0383Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$87,9986%1,645-191$53$113,213,4168Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$181,79118%184149$988$3,347,5453Focus
2All Is Lost$104,66426%48384$217$4,407,3715Roadside Attractions
3Escape Plan$75,01759%687-362$109$24,245,4365Lionsgate / Summit
4Carrie (2013)$51,93716%933-579$56$35,127,6975Sony / Screen Gems
5The Counselor$48,62432%481-541$101$16,670,2594Fox
6Enough Said$45,46934%393-36$116$16,664,6349Fox Searchlight
7Prisoners$29,55140%355130$83$60,634,3799Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me 2$24,3857%305-5$80$365,990,78020Universal
9We're the Millers$19,14314%303-55$63$150,060,25715Warner Bros. / New Line
10Rush (2013)$12,44527%131-33$95$26,925,9799Universal
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$11,89033%176-38$68$115,493,32014Weinstein Company
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,5995%215-1$40$67,941,48315Fox
13Insidious: Chapter 2$6,4544%167-62$39$83,197,63510FilmDistrict
14Baggage Claim$3,47516%108-27$32$21,475,4268Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$39,15931%2925$1,350$633,0252Fox
2Nebraska$12,8907%4--$3,223$165,3021Paramount Vantage
3Don Jon$9,76629%48-44$203$24,211,8718Relativity Media
4Diana$8,33748%83-17$100$312,1053eOne Films US
5I'm in Love with a Church Girl$5,999-6%55-19$109$2,316,5855High Top Releasing
6Runner Runner$3,79931%76-43$50$19,291,9137Fox
7The Wolverine$3,23611%65-12$50$132,487,99417Fox
8Pulling Strings$3,09012%760$41$5,837,7787Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Instructions Not Included$2,50020%47-5$53$44,243,94512Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Linsanity$2,330--1-2$2,330$282,4867Ketchup Entertainment
11The Family (2013)$2,20545%30-27$74$36,652,36610Relativity Media
12Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2,185248%298$75$1,145,4236Relativity Media
13Turbo$1,9536%53-9$37$82,933,86918Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Reaching for the Moon$1,512170%20$756$33,7362Wolfe Releasing
15In a World...$98510%9-9$109$2,946,34015Roadside Attractions
16Grace Unplugged$92226%29-8$32$2,499,8197Roadside Attractions
17The Heat$88234%27-1$33$159,546,69921Fox
18The World's End$49068%8-1$61$25,990,51513Focus
19Big Sur$215162%1-4$215$33,9183Ketchup Entertainment
20The Spectacular Now$155-44%8-4$19$6,850,44616A24
21Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$101-62%1-2$101$28,8164Cinepix