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 Thu, Feb. 13 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$2,441,25912%3,775--$647$80,302,9301Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$2,136,914-24%3,372--$634$4,945,6120Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,545,6427%3,083--$501$28,668,6671Sony / Columbia
4Ride Along$496,72516%2,685-182$185$107,373,7954Universal
5Frozen (2013)$398,42729%2,460-294$162$370,191,21412Disney
6That Awkward Moment$360,77712%2,8090$128$18,062,9462Focus
7Lone Survivor$359,66516%2,480-805$145$114,326,1667Universal
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$255,51319%2,139-768$119$45,446,8614Paramount
9Labor Day (2013)$245,9002%2,5840$95$11,194,5682Paramount
10American Hustle$237,42814%1,488-728$160$139,020,2589Sony / Columbia
11The Wolf of Wall Street$208,14514%1,167-440$178$108,746,1327Paramount
12Vampire Academy$180,73111%2,676--$68$4,751,9991Weinstein Company
13The Nut Job$170,21316%3,004-468$57$55,750,6564Open Road
14August: Osage County$149,6904%1,327-992$113$34,881,8077Weinstein Company
15I, Frankenstein$60,4214%1,427-1326$42$17,864,8783Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$101,745-2%504-63$202$29,073,12712Weinstein Company
2Nebraska$82,1696%525-350$157$15,260,12313Paramount Vantage
3Gravity$71,37714%701-431$102$266,921,61019Warner Bros.
412 Years a Slave$69,3168%566-606$122$47,651,97617Fox Searchlight
5Her (2013)$61,0017%457-346$133$22,708,9908Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$51,8061%488-564$106$23,900,32115Focus
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$49,13717%537-396$92$255,625,3779Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$34,74116%529-293$66$422,575,81912Lionsgate
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$23,7128%346-74$69$124,894,4308Paramount
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,60912%242-168$65$57,260,0057Fox
11Inside Llewyn Davis$15,3053%129-85$119$12,818,80110CBS Films
12Devil's Due$15,119-7%299-991$51$15,491,7294Fox
13The Book Thief$12,83521%135-43$95$20,996,29614Fox
14Grudge Match$12,07514%341100$35$29,569,4457Warner Bros.
15Captain Phillips$11,86522%182-63$65$106,778,48818Sony / Columbia
16The Legend Of Hercules$9,349-10%248-350$38$18,445,2805Lionsgate / Summit
17Walking With Dinosaurs$8,63712%251-72$34$35,243,0598Fox
18Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,29826%197-23$32$119,303,05320Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,2192%103-47$51$32,406,9106Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$3,66627%115-48$32$52,543,3549Lionsgate
21Free Birds$2,14422%109-26$20$55,575,37015Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$19,304-28%6536$297$643,2053Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$9,096-44%88--$103$402,3311Reliance Entertainment
3Knights of Badassdom$5,079252%9-2$564$97,2083eOne Films US
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,98457%46-31$108$8,200,92811Weinstein Company
5Last Vegas$3,11744%60-44$52$63,890,50915CBS Films
6Gimme Shelter (2014)$2,176-2%76-271$29$1,347,7343Roadside Attractions
7Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$840-46%1--$840$12,2671Rialto Pictures
8All Is Lost$321-79%12-13$27$6,255,56217Roadside Attractions
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$257104%11-41$23$116,632,09526Weinstein Company
10At Middleton$1981%7-13$28$51,2182Anchor Bay / Freestyle
11The Pretty One$12237%1--$122$2,3541Dada Films
12Love Is in the Air$115-65%3-3$38$8,4252Focus World
13Demi-Soeur$5816%1--$58$9431Rialto Premieres