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, Jul. 31 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$3,234,890-14%3,173--$1,020$61,287,3851Universal
2Hercules (2014)$2,115,145-19%3,595--$588$41,648,0481Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,609,109-13%3,668-301$439$180,629,6733Fox
4Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,311,330-4%3,83913$342$41,172,2062Disney
5The Purge: Anarchy$1,126,765-9%2,85650$395$57,410,9752Universal
6Sex Tape$697,013-14%3,0620$228$30,358,4642Sony / Columbia
7And So It Goes$546,522-9%1,762--$310$7,128,7831Clarius Entertainment
8Transformers: Age of Extinction$505,126-14%2,476-748$204$238,965,9155Paramount
9Tammy$362,819-14%2,562-840$142$79,962,7054Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$361,908-10%1,358-811$267$167,354,0577Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1122 Jump Street$300,462-17%1,613-616$186$187,261,0827Sony / Columbia
12Maleficent$283,509-7%1,077-464$263$233,468,1319Disney
13Earth to Echo$222,295-7%1,272-1178$175$36,507,6694Relativity Media
14Begin Again$165,736-16%1,244-58$133$13,087,3375Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$248,212-2%361--$688$3,734,6491Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$199,691-10%10773$1,866$5,043,3803IFC Films
3Wish I Was Here$123,934-12%625557$198$2,443,9662Focus
4The Fluffy Movie$108,409-11%432--$251$1,839,9521Open Road
5America (2014)$105,764-8%760-270$139$13,720,0435Lionsgate
6Chef$89,505-9%405-147$221$27,652,46912Open Road
7The Fault in Our Stars$87,538-6%387-170$226$123,086,7388Fox
8Kick$76,058-30%177--$430$1,660,7371UTV Motion Pictures
9Jersey Boys$68,997-3%462-541$149$45,937,7656Warner Bros.
10Edge of Tomorrow$55,881-23%353-249$158$97,991,7608Warner Bros.
11Godzilla (2014)$51,8030%302-24$172$199,922,10311Warner Bros.
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$51,776-11%289-98$179$231,509,25310Fox
13Rio 2$43,6442%230-26$190$130,849,31616Fox
14Blended$32,186-4%223-62$144$45,739,51810Warner Bros.
15Snowpiercer$29,621-5%149-62$199$4,029,0075RADiUS-TWC
16Neighbors (2014)$25,905-1%208-22$125$149,596,96012Universal
17The LEGO Movie$22,004-59%2020$109$257,709,55625Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 31 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$59,638-10%410$1,455$5,269,69217Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$11,819-26%74-16$160$3,157,0599eOne Films US
3I Origins$11,007-10%7672$145$166,1202Fox Searchlight
4Belle$9,676-2%58-34$167$10,614,44413Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$6,316-5%58-5$109$111,367,17621Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Other Woman (2014)$4,2585%39-21$109$83,882,17214Fox
7Words and Pictures$4,125-8%28--$147$2,128,61710Roadside Attractions
8Yves Saint Laurent$2,81616%8-3$352$252,4225Weinstein Company
9God's Not Dead$1,09121%9-2$121$60,750,02119Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Come Back to Me$697-32%10--$70$7,7441Freestyle Releasing
11The Hornet's Nest$32362%1--$323$312,70612Freestyle Releasing
12Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$320-30%6-2$53$8,462,34712Clarius Entertainment
13Fed Up$32042%131$25$1,529,93912RADiUS-TWC
14Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$102-49%4-6$26$209,6748RADiUS-TWC
15A Long Way Off$85-12%10$85$29,3748Moving Visions Entertainment