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. 12 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1RoboCop (2014)$2,808,698--3,372--$833$2,808,6980Sony / Columbia
2The LEGO Movie$2,186,224-30%3,775--$579$77,861,6711Warner Bros.
3The Monuments Men$1,448,647-29%3,083--$470$27,123,0251Sony / Columbia
4Ride Along$429,665-25%2,685-182$160$106,877,0704Universal
5That Awkward Moment$322,049-32%2,8090$115$17,702,1692Focus
6Lone Survivor$310,035-26%2,480-805$125$113,966,5017Universal
7Frozen (2013)$308,635-23%2,460-294$125$369,792,78712Disney
8Labor Day (2013)$240,245-30%2,5840$93$10,948,6682Paramount
9Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$214,821-32%2,139-768$100$45,191,3484Paramount
10American Hustle$207,688-23%1,488-728$140$138,782,8309Sony / Columbia
11The Wolf of Wall Street$182,149-25%1,167-440$156$108,537,9877Paramount
12Vampire Academy$163,129-33%2,676--$61$4,571,2681Weinstein Company
13The Nut Job$147,263-18%3,004-468$49$55,580,4434Open Road
14August: Osage County$144,605-15%1,327-992$109$34,732,1177Weinstein Company
15I, Frankenstein$57,926-58%1,427-1326$41$17,804,4573Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$103,763-5%504-63$206$28,971,38212Weinstein Company
2Nebraska$77,835-13%525-350$148$15,177,95413Paramount Vantage
312 Years a Slave$64,173-34%566-606$113$47,582,66017Fox Searchlight
4Gravity$62,461-64%701-431$89$266,850,23319Warner Bros.
5Her (2013)$57,158-14%457-346$125$22,647,9898Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$51,182-20%488-564$105$23,848,51515Focus
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$42,170-39%537-396$79$255,576,2409Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$30,029-39%529-293$57$422,541,07812Lionsgate
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$21,892-21%346-74$63$124,870,7188Paramount
10Devil's Due$16,177-46%299-991$54$15,476,6104Fox
11Inside Llewyn Davis$14,922-16%129-85$116$12,803,49610CBS Films
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$13,879-18%242-168$57$57,244,3967Fox
13The Book Thief$10,605-17%135-43$79$20,983,46114Fox
14Grudge Match$10,558-16%341100$31$29,557,3707Warner Bros.
15The Legend Of Hercules$10,372-43%248-350$42$18,435,9315Lionsgate / Summit
16Captain Phillips$9,753-19%182-63$54$106,766,62318Sony / Columbia
17Walking With Dinosaurs$7,733-33%251-72$31$35,234,4228Fox
18Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,116-12%103-47$50$32,401,6916Paramount
19Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$5,018-22%197-23$25$119,296,75520Sony / Columbia
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,896-33%115-48$25$52,539,6889Lionsgate
21Free Birds$1,7642%109-26$16$55,573,22615Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$26,80913%6536$412$623,9013Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$16,289-33%88--$185$393,2351Reliance Entertainment
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,171-32%46-31$69$8,195,94411Weinstein Company
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$2,222-45%76-271$29$1,345,5583Roadside Attractions
5Last Vegas$2,158-2%60-44$36$63,887,39215CBS Films
6Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,55017%1--$1,550$11,4271Rialto Pictures
7All Is Lost$1,513287%12-13$126$6,255,24117Roadside Attractions
8Knights of Badassdom$1,441-45%9-2$160$92,1293eOne Films US
9Love Is in the Air$33036%3-3$110$8,3102Focus World
10At Middleton$196-57%7-13$28$51,0202Anchor Bay / Freestyle
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$126-45%11-41$11$116,631,83826Weinstein Company
12The Pretty One$89-83%1--$89$2,2321Dada Films
13Demi-Soeur$50-51%1--$50$8851Rialto Premieres