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 Sat, Mar. 15 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mr. Peabody & Sherman$9,518,31675%3,95117$2,409$56,952,7932Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2300: Rise of an Empire$7,901,86337%3,49020$2,264$72,870,1902Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$6,730,2481%3,115--$2,161$13,392,6631Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$4,679,01046%3,18370$1,470$66,067,7353Universal
5The LEGO Movie$3,348,08163%3,040-250$1,101$234,628,3996Warner Bros.
6Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$3,234,2301%1,896--$1,706$6,449,5581Lionsgate
7Son of God$2,208,10752%2,990-281$738$49,139,7663Fox
8The Monuments Men$939,56761%1,594-407$589$73,342,6136Sony / Columbia
9Frozen (2013)$937,24579%1,466-194$639$395,698,63917Disney
103 Days to Kill$772,32354%1,566-782$493$28,006,4374Relativity Media
11Ride Along$629,76046%1,024-299$615$131,781,3209Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Veronica Mars$617,071-39%291--$2,121$1,620,8221Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$540,20160%925-140$584$54,744,79822Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$371,56057%965-749$385$56,279,1515Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$294,76241%624-450$472$47,650,1475Sony / Screen Gems
5American Hustle$293,31573%503-102$583$149,206,56914Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$257,86051%671-987$384$22,257,2034Sony / TriStar
7Gravity$250,59467%320-64$783$272,525,74724Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$204,16663%405-85$504$61,937,7539Open Road
9The Wolf of Wall Street$193,19966%286-73$676$116,241,34812Paramount
10Philomena$185,15463%502-168$369$36,528,93517Weinstein Company
11The Wind Rises$183,68770%305-191$602$4,140,6554Disney
12Dallas Buyers Club$168,51564%281-31$600$26,674,93320Focus
13Lone Survivor$121,66054%316-156$385$124,504,53612Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$110,03261%277-56$397$257,735,87114Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$87,99046%268135$328$424,282,09017Lionsgate
16Endless Love (2014)$68,11023%278-258$245$23,364,5755Universal
17Her (2013)$67,78454%121-34$560$25,201,13513Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$59,41340%15245$391$50,249,5849Paramount
19That Awkward Moment$56,23417%122-66$461$25,818,9457Focus
20August: Osage County$46,51461%2037$229$37,444,19012Weinstein Company
21Repentance$46,11453%126-31$366$1,089,7883Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
22Nebraska$34,45073%120-60$287$17,592,61318Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 15 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,436,15030%6662$21,760$3,678,5982Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$46,78824%6--$7,798$84,6501Focus
3Gloria (2014)$35,40356%75-1$472$1,880,0698Roadside Attractions
4The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$25,49234%88-45$290$58,103,18012Fox
5I, Frankenstein$19,71948%76-16$259$19,043,8978Lionsgate
6Ernest & Celestine$17,473178%93$1,941$55,6373GKIDS
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$15,86767%74-37$214$119,781,16225Sony / Columbia
8Walking With Dinosaurs$15,85761%98-66$162$35,969,44513Fox
9The Art of the Steal (2014)$15,79520%60--$263$28,9901RADiUS-TWC
10Stalingrad (2014)$13,43863%70-73$192$949,1193Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$12,39628%47-2$264$21,393,93119Fox
12Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$9,45947%50-254$189$127,338,34013Paramount
13Winter's Tale$7,84620%50-32$157$12,500,7195Warner Bros.
14Labor Day (2013)$6,27837%42-42$149$13,358,1967Paramount
15Free Birds$3,51950%32-42$110$55,745,25020Relativity Media
16Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,80741%23-19$122$8,304,77716Weinstein Company
17Vampire Academy$1,76982%12-20$147$7,758,2936Weinstein Company
18The Word$1,3688%1--$1,368$2,6401Scarlet Sky Productions
19Highway$438-17%1-8$438$528,5884UTV Motion Pictures