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, Dec. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$4,009,95518%4,1630$963$303,708,1622Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$2,500,5370%3,7423741$668$98,938,4112Disney
3Homefront$701,37039%2,570--$273$10,944,8611Open Road
4Thor: The Dark World$655,34523%3,286-427$199$187,891,6324Disney
5Delivery Man$512,49938%3,0360$169$20,239,2122Disney / DreamWorks
6The Book Thief$460,37931%1,2341164$373$8,675,5954Fox
7The Best Man Holiday$430,1055%1,717-324$250$63,929,8053Universal
8Last Vegas$214,78529%1,854-1072$116$58,980,2025CBS Films
912 Years a Slave$201,27727%1,165-309$173$33,515,2757Fox Searchlight
10Black Nativity$190,03417%1,516--$125$5,132,7321Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$165,63622%1,016-829$163$250,000,9759Warner Bros.
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$116,63911%1,503-1122$78$99,001,2176Paramount
13Free Birds$44,688-30%2,287-784$20$53,375,2775Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$394,42733%835831$472$5,329,0912Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$202,37826%69630$291$10,578,4445Focus
3Oldboy (2013)$111,74621%583--$192$1,486,4401FilmDistrict
4Captain Phillips$73,14821%807-849$91$102,857,4028Sony / Columbia
5Nebraska$68,54024%10274$672$1,603,0253Paramount Vantage
6Ender's Game$68,17411%843-1192$81$59,510,9725Lionsgate / Summit
7About Time$36,29047%331-719$110$14,724,6135Universal
8All Is Lost$21,17219%154-193$137$5,345,1717Roadside Attractions
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$17,849-25%707-414$25$115,075,32810Sony / Columbia
10Despicable Me 2$13,605-8%271-24$50$366,960,87022Universal
11Prisoners$11,58125%203-52$57$60,983,71011Warner Bros.
12Enough Said$8,52716%121-112$70$17,210,75311Fox Searchlight
13We're the Millers$6,85613%164-31$42$150,381,88517Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Family (2013)$6,14627%1304$47$36,820,71012Relativity Media
15Escape Plan$5,67173%141-126$40$24,564,7137Lionsgate / Summit
16Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,54418%163-22$34$68,249,62517Fox
17Insidious: Chapter 2$5,512-2%140-45$39$83,469,80812FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$4,888114%56-56$87$333,0582Reliance Entertainment
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,398-12%4--$1,100$93,6651Weinstein Company
3The Counselor$4,19662%78-51$54$16,863,6906Fox
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,926-14%71-53$55$115,649,65916Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$3,83511%68-12$56$44,414,70114Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Don Jon$3,00372%26-10$116$24,302,64410Relativity Media
7Linsanity$2,240306%3--$747$288,0399Ketchup Entertainment
8In a World...$63161%5-4$126$2,963,56517Roadside Attractions
9The World's End$52356%60$87$26,004,00715Focus
10Runner Runner$463-18%23-15$20$19,313,5099Fox
11Reaching for the Moon$316-16%43$79$44,5294Wolfe Releasing
12Contempt (2013 re-issue)$123-57%1--$123$33,64513Rialto Pictures
13Big Sur$5423%21$27$34,8885Ketchup Entertainment
14Romeo and Juliet (2013)$31-98%120$3$1,162,5858Relativity Media
15Grace Unplugged$29--4-6$7$2,507,1359Roadside Attractions