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 Fri, Feb. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$17,094,132--3,775--$4,528$17,094,1321Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$6,914,842--3,083--$2,243$6,914,8421Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$2,603,945271%2,800-67$930$98,326,5354Universal
4That Awkward Moment$1,724,174182%2,8090$614$13,032,2092Focus
5Vampire Academy$1,423,731--2,676--$532$1,423,7311Weinstein Company
6Lone Survivor$1,391,465135%2,869-416$485$108,677,7517Universal
7Frozen (2013)$1,388,839159%2,460-294$565$363,153,46512Disney
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$923,54198%2,139-768$432$41,792,9564Paramount
9Labor Day (2013)$904,787122%2,5840$350$7,847,1832Paramount
10American Hustle$750,65597%1,640-576$458$135,767,7359Sony / Columbia
11The Nut Job$720,187121%3,004-468$240$51,992,8514Open Road
12The Wolf of Wall Street$636,72790%1,167-440$546$105,950,5517Paramount
13I, Frankenstein$379,44140%1,427-1326$266$16,386,7343Lionsgate
14August: Osage County$370,10219%1,327-992$279$33,179,2227Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$375,48370%701-431$536$265,178,28319Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$194,45116%678-494$287$46,725,72517Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$189,45440%504-63$376$28,064,37612Weinstein Company
4Her (2013)$183,93948%457-346$402$21,916,8268Warner Bros.
5Nebraska$170,01613%525-350$324$14,410,08413Paramount Vantage
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$164,611103%529-293$311$421,915,39612Lionsgate
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$157,70743%537-396$294$254,867,8859Warner Bros. / New Line
8Dallas Buyers Club$144,93518%488-564$297$23,217,42115Focus
9Devil's Due$93,86849%385-905$244$15,178,5534Fox
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$70,283138%346-74$203$124,604,5488Paramount
11The Legend Of Hercules$57,62032%248-350$232$18,213,4275Lionsgate / Summit
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$55,33971%242-168$229$57,064,1687Fox
13Grudge Match$38,688354%341100$113$29,415,4207Warner Bros.
14Inside Llewyn Davis$37,29923%129-85$289$12,633,93310CBS Films
15Walking With Dinosaurs$31,899137%251-72$127$35,059,1148Fox
16Captain Phillips$30,23652%182-63$166$106,655,01718Sony / Columbia
17The Book Thief$30,05416%135-43$223$20,877,12614Fox
18Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$25,831149%197-23$131$119,177,75820Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$18,246201%103-47$177$32,334,5966Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$15,469143%115-48$135$52,474,3139Lionsgate
21Free Birds$5,87064%109-26$54$55,538,93715Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$92,197--88--$1,048$92,1971Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$56,568273%6536$870$361,3053Roadside Attractions
3Gimme Shelter (2014)$13,645-43%76-271$180$1,293,8203Roadside Attractions
4Last Vegas$5,924-28%60-44$99$63,864,61415CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,705-36%46-31$102$8,170,11511Weinstein Company
6Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,066--1--$2,066$2,0661Rialto Pictures
7Knights of Badassdom$1,367-82%9-2$152$82,9943eOne Films US
8All Is Lost$858-38%12-13$72$6,250,84717Roadside Attractions
9At Middleton$832-68%8-12$104$47,3272Anchor Bay / Freestyle
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$456-64%11-41$41$116,629,94426Weinstein Company
11Love Is in the Air$415-10%3-3$138$6,9482Focus World
12The Pretty One$309--1--$309$3091Dada Films
13Demi-Soeur$206--1--$206$2061Rialto Premieres