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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 10 - Sun, Jan. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lone Survivor$38,510,00045282%2,8752873$13,395$38,891,5613Universal
2Frozen (2013)$15,070,000-23%3,239-79$4,653$317,660,9888Disney
3The Wolf of Wall Street$9,000,000-32%2,521-36$3,570$78,586,5513Paramount
4The Legend Of Hercules$8,600,000--2,104--$4,087$8,600,0001Lionsgate / Summit
5American Hustle$8,600,000-31%2,629111$3,271$101,562,9285Sony / Columbia
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$8,015,000-49%3,075-655$2,607$242,219,4355Warner Bros. / New Line
7Saving Mr. Banks$6,578,000-24%2,671561$2,463$68,949,2265Disney
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,300,000-66%2,88316$2,185$28,471,3892Paramount
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$6,100,000-43%3,012-395$2,025$118,517,9444Paramount
10Her (2013)$5,410,000649%1,7291682$3,129$8,809,0364Warner Bros.
11The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$4,600,000-35%1,762-381$2,611$413,992,6518Lionsgate
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,400,000-45%2,584-338$1,703$52,690,7623Fox
13Grudge Match$1,970,000-63%2,005-851$983$28,473,4303Warner Bros.
1447 Ronin$1,500,000-70%1,359-1331$1,104$36,299,8853Universal
15Walking With Dinosaurs$1,300,000-65%1,339-1221$971$33,609,0274Fox
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,175,000-60%1,040-434$1,130$51,938,8975Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1August: Osage County$7,315,0005128%905900$8,083$7,860,3853Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$1,876,00074%729573$2,573$9,309,1266CBS Films
3Philomena$1,360,000-6%6070$2,241$21,916,0288Weinstein Company
4Nebraska$820,00033%521281$1,574$8,149,6549Paramount Vantage
5Gravity$421,000-12%155-10$2,716$256,226,70415Warner Bros.
6The Book Thief$400,000-24%303-26$1,320$19,749,73410Fox
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$335,000-24%264-14$1,269$118,073,75716Sony / Columbia
8Thor: The Dark World$312,000-35%257-34$1,214$203,931,58610Disney
912 Years a Slave$267,000-19%114-37$2,342$38,900,77513Fox Searchlight
10Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$265,000-75%363-647$730$7,750,2037Weinstein Company
11Dallas Buyers Club$242,000-20%125-3$1,936$16,684,08311Focus
12Last Vegas$177,000-11%240-17$738$63,391,90911CBS Films
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$130,000-26%192-28$677$101,824,81712Paramount
14Despicable Me 2$61,000-37%137-14$445$368,044,19028Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Past$86,613148%1712$5,095$257,0654Sony Pictures Classics
2The Great Beauty$71,950-20%38-5$1,893$1,080,1969Janus Films
3The Invisible Woman$48,16077%95$5,351$174,2843Sony Pictures Classics
4All Is Lost$36,575-22%63-8$581$6,108,10013Roadside Attractions
5Escape Plan$35,000-30%77-7$455$25,117,48413Lionsgate / Summit
6Justin Bieber's Believe$31,528-95%75-962$420$6,189,1423Open Road
7In Bloom$10,000--2--$5,000$10,0001Big World Pictures
8Personal Tailor$9,500-67%4-5$2,375$369,2254China Lion Film
920 Feet from Stardom$3,326-9%84$416$4,831,66831RADiUS-TWC
10Inequality for All$5005%1-3$500$1,194,45416RADiUS-TWC