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, Feb. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$702,415-17%2,867108$245$95,020,6703Universal
2Lone Survivor$589,880-14%3,285123$180$106,693,7716Universal
3Frozen (2013)$576,4079%2,754-3$209$361,228,41111Disney
4That Awkward Moment$567,360-27%2,809--$202$10,697,2571Focus
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$476,452-19%2,907-480$164$40,402,1473Paramount
6Labor Day (2013)$389,525-32%2,584--$151$6,535,2311Paramount
7The Nut Job$376,1898%3,4720$108$50,946,9763Open Road
8American Hustle$368,584-16%2,216-88$166$134,635,2198Sony / Columbia
9The Wolf of Wall Street$334,739-15%1,607-197$208$104,978,1826Paramount
10I, Frankenstein$292,302-26%2,7530$106$15,736,7762Lionsgate
11August: Osage County$282,416-24%2,319-92$122$32,498,9806Weinstein Company
12Gravity$202,023-3%1,132-128$178$264,581,64118Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$156,871-23%1,172-59$134$46,363,60016Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$122,847-20%1,052-58$117$22,949,46214Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$100,349-11%1,075-585$93$81,347,1988Disney
16Devil's Due$68,628-20%1,290-1254$53$15,021,5333Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$137,710-19%875-93$157$14,090,21012Paramount Vantage
2Her (2013)$122,118-7%803-522$152$21,608,4917Warner Bros.
3Philomena$120,573-12%56762$213$27,739,21711Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$102,396-18%933-352$110$254,599,9128Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$77,796-23%822-229$95$421,669,86111Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$45,020-16%598-773$75$18,112,2774Lionsgate / Summit
7Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$30,678-2%420-404$73$124,504,6827Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$28,945-9%410-130$71$56,976,5616Fox
9Inside Llewyn Davis$27,991-24%214-75$131$12,566,2139CBS Films
10The Book Thief$20,2024%178-19$113$20,821,10913Fox
11Gimme Shelter (2014)$20,170-8%347-38$58$1,256,3142Roadside Attractions
12Captain Phillips$18,838-14%245-57$77$106,604,89617Sony / Columbia
13Walking With Dinosaurs$15,8723%323-7$49$35,013,7737Fox
1447 Ronin$14,705-30%174-65$85$38,348,4706Universal
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,97813%220-22$45$119,141,57319Sony / Columbia
16Grudge Match$8,487-9%241-3$35$29,368,2136Warner Bros.
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,834-19%150-377$46$32,310,2895Paramount
18Last Vegas$6,03413%104--$58$63,850,40714CBS Films
19Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$5,557-19%16331$34$52,452,4738Lionsgate
20Free Birds$3,47719%135-36$26$55,529,48814Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$15,4001%2926$531$289,5702Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,504-47%77-25$58$8,158,08610Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$3,5054%20--$175$43,9091Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4Knights of Badassdom$3,01364%11-2$274$73,8682eOne Films US
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,3253%52-49$25$116,628,20925Weinstein Company
6All Is Lost$1,2477%25-5$50$6,248,61416Roadside Attractions
7Out of the Furnace$910-19%36-38$25$11,329,8719Relativity Media
8Love Is in the Air$361-8%6--$60$6,0701Focus World