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 Fri, Apr. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$36,926,192--3,938--$9,377$36,926,1921Disney
2Noah$4,878,170112%3,5714$1,366$60,219,3312Paramount
3Divergent$4,167,869181%3,631-305$1,148$105,197,0093Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$2,220,411203%1,758580$1,263$27,015,9953Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,841,472165%1,263286$1,458$28,921,8995Fox Searchlight
6Muppets Most Wanted$1,521,015137%3,052-142$498$37,378,4663Disney
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,298,472132%2,931-368$443$98,200,3975Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$573,16685%2,4860$231$7,431,7512Open Road
9Non-Stop (2014)$552,050120%1,724-791$320$86,862,8406Universal
10Need For Speed$542,071103%1,779-926$305$39,545,6564Disney / DreamWorks
11Bad Words$505,332175%1,074232$471$4,833,7364Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$430,79651%1,555-1046$277$102,988,4485Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$360,09160%1,350-651$267$249,566,3949Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$265,81799%6640$400$3,901,9122Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Frankie & Alice$115,624--171--$676$115,6241Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
3Frozen (2013)$112,473196%321-66$350$398,651,48620Disney
4Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$89,92532%425-714$212$15,425,2074Lionsgate
5Son of God$76,008-11%481-796$158$58,315,6546Fox
6Gravity$71,910520%255120$282$273,435,21827Warner Bros.
7The Monuments Men$66,56461%308-193$216$76,823,0559Sony / Columbia
8The Nut Job$66,128105%285-9$232$63,298,94612Open Road
9Jinn$54,371--201--$271$54,3711Freestyle Releasing
10Ride Along$53,205145%236-124$225$133,810,02012Universal
11Philomena$25,13959%197-5$128$37,408,92720Weinstein Company
123 Days to Kill$20,9096%131-209$160$30,342,1347Relativity Media
13Pompeii$19,647--134-28$147$23,039,6977Sony / TriStar
14Lone Survivor$19,590114%140-25$140$125,022,21115Universal
1512 Years a Slave$18,36947%128-100$144$56,453,43625Fox Searchlight
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$17,57072%130-55$135$258,264,15417Warner Bros. / New Line
17American Hustle$15,94842%119-69$134$150,080,96417Sony / Columbia
18RoboCop (2014)$15,348--118-50$130$57,333,0648Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$57,326--37--$1,549$57,3261Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$22,190--44--$504$22,1901CBS Films
3Veronica Mars$11,907-27%74-136$161$3,260,5054Warner Bros.
4Her (2013)$9,668-5%85-25$114$25,501,09216Warner Bros.
5Dom Hemingway$9,290135%4--$2,323$18,7421Fox Searchlight
6Dallas Buyers Club$8,43060%52-47$162$27,221,61023Focus
7About Last Night$7,885--44-47$179$48,454,6828Sony / Screen Gems
8Ernest & Celestine$6,852102%2412$286$147,1596GKIDS
9Watermark$3,457--2--$1,729$3,4571eOne Films US
10August: Osage County$3,007-7%42-39$72$37,690,33915Weinstein Company
11Gloria (2014)$2,635-9%17-19$155$2,040,08211Roadside Attractions
12The Players$1,664--50--$33$1,6641Weinstein Company
13On the Other Side of the Tracks$1,613--50--$32$1,6131Weinstein Company
14Vampire Academy$7869%11-13$71$7,789,3399Weinstein Company
15Stalingrad (2014)$429-79%10-56$43$1,012,7976Sony / Columbia
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$74--31$25$26,7199Rialto Pictures