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, Feb. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$3,131,104-10%3,775--$829$75,675,4471Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$2,048,56526%3,083--$664$25,674,3781Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$575,0303%2,800-67$205$106,447,4054Universal
4That Awkward Moment$472,84731%2,8090$168$17,380,1202Focus
5Lone Survivor$417,0058%2,869-416$145$113,656,4667Universal
6Frozen (2013)$403,385-9%2,460-294$164$369,484,15212Disney
7Labor Day (2013)$342,59444%2,5840$133$10,708,4232Paramount
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$315,70421%2,139-768$148$44,976,5274Paramount
9American Hustle$268,58022%1,640-576$164$138,575,1429Sony / Columbia
10The Wolf of Wall Street$244,18614%1,167-440$209$108,355,8387Paramount
11Vampire Academy$243,7440%2,676--$91$4,408,1391Weinstein Company
12The Nut Job$180,213-21%3,004-468$60$55,433,1804Open Road
13August: Osage County$170,62635%1,327-992$129$34,587,5127Weinstein Company
14I, Frankenstein$139,04012%1,427-1326$97$17,746,5313Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$172,07222%701-431$245$266,787,77219Warner Bros.
2Philomena$109,67628%504-63$218$28,867,61912Weinstein Company
312 Years a Slave$96,91131%678-494$143$47,518,48717Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$89,78334%525-350$171$15,100,11913Paramount Vantage
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$69,4945%537-396$129$255,534,0709Warner Bros. / New Line
6Her (2013)$66,48510%457-346$145$22,590,8318Warner Bros.
7Dallas Buyers Club$63,90019%488-564$131$23,797,33315Focus
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$49,477-1%529-293$94$422,511,04912Lionsgate
9Devil's Due$29,74817%385-905$77$15,460,4334Fox
10Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$27,8444%346-74$80$124,848,8268Paramount
11The Legend Of Hercules$18,193-1%248-350$73$18,425,5595Lionsgate / Summit
12Inside Llewyn Davis$17,69723%129-85$137$12,788,57410CBS Films
13The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$16,8539%242-168$70$57,230,5177Fox
14The Book Thief$12,72224%135-43$94$20,972,85614Fox
15Grudge Match$12,601-5%341100$37$29,546,8127Warner Bros.
16Captain Phillips$11,97430%182-63$66$106,756,87018Sony / Columbia
17Walking With Dinosaurs$11,549-25%251-72$46$35,226,6898Fox
18Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,463-31%197-23$33$119,291,73720Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,8403%103-47$57$32,396,5756Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$4,3516%115-48$38$52,536,7929Lionsgate
21Free Birds$1,737-22%109-26$16$55,571,46215Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$24,43257%88--$278$376,9461Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$23,75611%6536$365$597,0923Roadside Attractions
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,65460%46-31$101$8,192,77311Weinstein Company
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$4,019-5%76-271$53$1,343,3363Roadside Attractions
5Knights of Badassdom$2,635110%9-2$293$90,6883eOne Films US
6Last Vegas$2,19613%60-44$37$63,885,23415CBS Films
7Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,3306%1--$1,330$9,8771Rialto Pictures
8The Pretty One$512248%1--$512$2,1431Dada Films
9At Middleton$46012%8-12$58$50,8242Anchor Bay / Freestyle
10All Is Lost$391123%12-13$33$6,253,72817Roadside Attractions
11Love Is in the Air$242137%3-3$81$7,9802Focus World
12Lee Daniels' The Butler$23135%11-41$21$116,631,71226Weinstein Company
13Demi-Soeur$1023%1--$102$8351Rialto Premieres