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 Sat, Feb. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$6,461,75061%2,867108$2,254$91,135,5353Universal
2Frozen (2013)$4,569,105104%2,754-3$1,659$357,516,39211Disney
3The Nut Job$3,900,097121%3,4720$1,123$48,296,2243Open Road
4Lone Survivor$3,891,47568%3,285123$1,185$103,902,5366Universal
5That Awkward Moment$3,757,088-5%2,809--$1,338$7,709,4461Focus
6Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,810,46658%2,907-480$967$38,162,1973Paramount
7Labor Day (2013)$2,398,13725%2,584--$928$4,319,2071Paramount
8American Hustle$2,279,85571%2,216-88$1,029$132,931,1368Sony / Columbia
9I, Frankenstein$1,859,10468%2,7530$675$13,936,8072Lionsgate
10The Wolf of Wall Street$1,828,21068%1,607-197$1,138$103,446,3696Paramount
11August: Osage County$1,457,10158%2,319-92$628$31,006,9416Weinstein Company
12Gravity$1,091,42786%1,132-128$964$263,645,35118Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$734,73170%1,172-59$627$45,574,29416Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$718,17067%1,052-58$683$22,326,71814Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$544,89454%1,075-585$507$80,871,6188Disney
16Devil's Due$516,56347%1,290-1254$400$14,623,8783Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$657,11495%933-352$704$254,024,5738Warner Bros. / New Line
2Her (2013)$598,59358%803-522$745$21,023,8787Warner Bros.
3Nebraska$583,72969%875-93$667$13,446,98812Paramount Vantage
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$510,40484%822-229$621$421,256,40711Lionsgate
5Philomena$465,38661%56762$821$27,170,33511Weinstein Company
6The Legend Of Hercules$275,10180%598-773$460$17,857,3054Lionsgate / Summit
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$183,71855%410-130$448$56,841,0606Fox
8Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$169,59856%420-404$404$124,370,1027Paramount
9Inside Llewyn Davis$157,70084%214-75$737$12,425,5819CBS Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$154,69060%347-38$446$1,136,2902Roadside Attractions
11Walking With Dinosaurs$120,037127%323-7$372$34,920,1037Fox
12Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$97,134115%220-22$442$119,078,58719Sony / Columbia
13Captain Phillips$88,22639%245-57$360$106,521,39617Sony / Columbia
14The Book Thief$71,23342%178-19$400$20,737,26813Fox
1547 Ronin$67,86056%174-65$390$38,271,2056Universal
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$52,23596%16331$320$52,417,1468Lionsgate
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$39,52245%150-377$263$32,273,2865Paramount
18Free Birds$31,922127%135-36$236$55,506,08214Relativity Media
19Grudge Match$31,71355%241-3$132$29,328,9336Warner Bros.
20Last Vegas$21,90143%104-55$211$63,828,25914CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$80,64185%2926$2,781$202,7072Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$17,23223%77-25$224$8,135,15010Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$16,54740%20--$827$28,3271Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$6,03343%52-49$116$116,622,57225Weinstein Company
5All Is Lost$5,22948%25-5$209$6,240,97116Roadside Attractions
6Out of the Furnace$4,14658%36-38$115$11,325,6889Relativity Media
7Knights of Badassdom$3,67889%11-2$334$67,9292eOne Films US
8Love Is in the Air$2,19125%6--$365$3,9451Focus World