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 Sun, Mar. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mr. Peabody & Sherman$6,836,372-28%3,95117$1,730$63,789,1652Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2300: Rise of an Empire$5,536,708-30%3,49020$1,586$78,406,8982Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$4,452,276-34%3,115--$1,429$17,844,9391Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$2,737,380-41%3,18370$860$68,805,1153Universal
5The LEGO Movie$2,299,838-31%3,040-250$757$236,928,2376Warner Bros.
6Son of God$1,863,439-16%2,990-281$623$51,003,2053Fox
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$1,625,553-50%1,896--$857$8,075,1111Lionsgate
8Frozen (2013)$687,954-27%1,466-194$469$396,386,59317Disney
9The Monuments Men$538,862-43%1,594-407$338$73,881,4756Sony / Columbia
103 Days to Kill$456,274-41%1,566-782$291$28,462,7114Relativity Media
11Ride Along$317,440-50%1,024-299$310$132,098,7609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Veronica Mars$367,529-40%291--$1,263$1,988,3511Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$346,086-36%925-140$374$55,090,88422Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$245,731-34%965-749$255$56,524,8825Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$165,816-44%624-450$266$47,815,9635Sony / Screen Gems
5Pompeii$158,832-38%671-987$237$22,416,0354Sony / TriStar
6The Nut Job$153,122-25%405-85$378$62,090,8759Open Road
7Gravity$146,434-42%320-64$458$272,672,18124Warner Bros.
8American Hustle$145,134-51%503-102$289$149,351,70314Sony / Columbia
9The Wind Rises$139,774-24%305-191$458$4,280,4294Disney
10Philomena$122,163-34%502-168$243$36,651,09817Weinstein Company
11The Wolf of Wall Street$103,725-46%286-73$363$116,345,07312Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$97,453-42%281-31$347$26,772,38620Focus
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$69,769-37%277-56$252$257,805,64014Warner Bros. / New Line
14Lone Survivor$67,940-44%316-156$215$124,572,47612Universal
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$57,041-35%268135$213$424,339,13117Lionsgate
16Her (2013)$38,960-43%121-34$322$25,240,09513Warner Bros.
17Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$31,230-47%15245$205$50,280,8149Paramount
18August: Osage County$29,656-36%2037$146$37,473,84612Weinstein Company
19Endless Love (2014)$29,190-57%278-258$105$23,393,7655Universal
20Repentance$27,558-40%126-31$219$1,117,3463Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
21That Awkward Moment$25,282-55%122-66$207$25,844,2277Focus
22Nebraska$20,847-39%120-60$174$17,613,46018Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,098,383-24%6662$16,642$4,776,9812Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$28,651-39%6--$4,775$113,3011Focus
3Gloria (2014)$24,800-30%75-1$331$1,904,8698Roadside Attractions
4Ernest & Celestine$15,805-10%93$1,756$71,4423GKIDS
5I, Frankenstein$15,121-23%76-16$199$19,059,0188Lionsgate
6Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$12,405-22%74-37$168$119,793,56725Sony / Columbia
7Walking With Dinosaurs$12,304-22%98-66$126$35,981,74913Fox
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$11,511-55%88-45$131$58,114,69112Fox
9Stalingrad (2014)$11,111-17%70-73$159$960,2303Sony / Columbia
10The Art of the Steal (2014)$11,013-30%60--$184$40,0031RADiUS-TWC
11The Book Thief$7,443-40%47-2$158$21,401,37419Fox
12Winter's Tale$5,596-29%50-32$112$12,506,3155Warner Bros.
13Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$5,340-44%50-254$107$127,343,68013Paramount
14Labor Day (2013)$4,112-35%42-42$98$13,362,3087Paramount
15Free Birds$2,474-30%32-42$77$55,747,72420Relativity Media
16Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,454-13%23-19$107$8,307,23116Weinstein Company
17The Word$1,008-26%1--$1,008$3,6481Scarlet Sky Productions
18Vampire Academy$767-57%12-20$64$7,759,0606Weinstein Company
19Highway$54825%1-8$548$529,1364UTV Motion Pictures