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, Apr. 13 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$11,847,273-23%3,948--$3,001$39,327,8691Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$11,673,765-34%3,9380$2,964$158,883,0322Disney
3Oculus$2,660,421-39%2,648--$1,005$12,005,4021Relativity Media
4Draft Day$2,408,426-37%2,781--$866$9,783,6031Lionsgate / Summit
5Noah$2,302,280-28%3,282-289$701$84,975,2423Paramount
6Divergent$1,908,665-40%3,110-521$614$124,757,4534Lionsgate / Summit
7God's Not Dead$1,801,499-16%1,860102$969$40,897,9904Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,063,681-42%1,467204$725$39,488,8006Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$724,539-27%2,261-791$320$45,752,9914Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$567,467-32%2,001-930$284$105,262,7826Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$186,690-46%762-962$245$89,454,5307Universal
2The LEGO Movie$165,729-23%610-740$272$251,560,80410Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$158,388-49%613-1166$258$42,076,5615Disney / DreamWorks
4Bad Words$148,521-44%763-311$195$7,126,3425Focus
5300: Rise of an Empire$126,335-32%525-1030$241$105,020,8906Warner Bros.
6Son of God$114,7570%905424$127$58,969,6407Fox
7Sabotage (2014)$113,079-23%751-1735$151$10,069,5693Open Road
8Frozen (2013)$101,590-45%34423$295$399,445,24821Disney
9Cesar Chavez$98,418-6%305-359$323$5,186,3303Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Nut Job$60,213-24%261-24$231$63,799,50513Open Road
11RoboCop (2014)$49,141-19%19476$253$57,545,2029Sony / Columbia
12The Monuments Men$45,252-40%265-43$171$77,256,82710Sony / Columbia
13Gravity$38,414-32%202-53$190$273,838,26928Warner Bros.
14Ride Along$38,055-41%177-59$215$134,141,53013Universal
15Frankie & Alice$34,879-38%1710$204$592,2202Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
16Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$20,105-50%135-290$149$15,850,3815Lionsgate
17Philomena$13,188-44%157-40$84$37,574,90021Weinstein Company
18The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$7,632-38%101-29$76$258,355,35418Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$43,833-12%370$1,185$449,3082Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$31,249-31%48--$651$105,8811Roadside Attractions
3Dom Hemingway$18,976-37%4238$452$119,9412Fox Searchlight
4The Unknown Known$18,537-32%80--$232$152,1982RADiUS-TWC
5The Railway Man$17,237-35%4--$4,309$61,8451Weinstein Company
6Cuban Fury$14,884-39%79--$188$57,1051eOne Films US
7Pompeii$13,294-21%93-41$143$23,169,0338Sony / TriStar
812 Years a Slave$9,688-30%64-64$151$56,567,84426Fox Searchlight
9Ernest & Celestine$9,264-11%3915$238$212,1797GKIDS
103 Days to Kill$9,055-48%83-48$109$30,455,3868Relativity Media
11Dallas Buyers Club$5,033-35%33-19$153$27,272,14524Focus
12Afflicted$4,833-31%34-10$142$121,1792CBS Films
13Her (2013)$4,635-37%38-47$122$25,556,06517Warner Bros.
14Gloria (2014)$4,303-11%247$179$2,064,69712Roadside Attractions
15About Last Night$3,469-46%26-18$133$48,500,5199Sony / Screen Gems
16Veronica Mars$2,244-37%23-51$98$3,309,8315Warner Bros.
17August: Osage County$1,960-46%27-15$73$37,718,08316Weinstein Company
18Watermark$1,881-23%31$627$20,2142eOne Films US
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$187-20%1-2$187$29,39710Rialto Pictures