B.O. Roundup, Super Bowl Edition: 'American Sniper' Sets More Records

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B.O. Roundup, Super Bowl Edition: 'American Sniper' Sets More Records

It's Super Bowl Sunday, a secular holiday of football, greasy food, beer, and expensive commercials.  This, generally, is not a weekend when Americans are too concerned about what's playing at a theater near them, but this particular Super Bowl weekend proved to be an exception to that rule.

American Sniper continued its dominance at the box office for the third consecutive weekend, while newcomers Black or White and Project Almanac debuted strong, The Loft rounded out the top ten, and an HBO show invaded IMAX.

During the week, Clint Eastwood's hagiography of U.S. sniper Chris Kyle became the highest-grossing military movie on the books (not adjusted for inflation) last week, surpassing the $216.5 million Saving Private Ryan earned back in 1998.  On the weekend, American Sniper continued its remarkably strong hold on the box office, easing 50.7% for an estimated haul of $31.8 million from 3,885 theaters in North America.

In case you were wondering, that's a record for the Super Bowl weekend, squeaking past the $31.1 million that Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert made back in 2008.

Now, American Sniper's domestic total stands at $248.9 million, putting it on track to surpass Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $259.7 million haul to become the third-biggest U.S. release of 2014.

With holdover Paddington drawing the family crowd in second place, new release Project Almanac debuted in third, earning an estimated $8.5 million from 2,893 theaters in the States and Canada.  The found footage time travel adventure pitched right at teenaged moviegoers didn't match the precedent set by Chronicle on Super Bowl weekend in 2012, when it grossed $22.0 million.

Earning a far higher per-theater average than Project Almanac is Black or White, the new drama starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, and Anthony MackieBlack or White opened in 1,823 locations from which it grossed an estimated $6.4 million.  Thanks to strong word of mouth and an exceptional A- CinemaScore exit poll grade from satisfied moviegoers, the film, the latest from writer-director Mike Binder, should hold well in the weeks to come.

R-rated thriller The Loft debuted in tenth place, grossing $2.8 million, according to current estimates.  Though the critically-maligned thriller stars James Marsden and Karl Urban, The Loft didn't receive much promotion as it opened in 1,841 theaters.

HBO's enormously popular series made a big jump to IMAX this weekend, with Game of Thrones playing at 205 nationwide in the jumbo-sized format.  The climactic two episodes from the fourth season made an estimated $1.5 million, proving that fans of the show will shill out hard-earned dollars to see the fantasy epic on as big a screen as possible.

Game of Thrones didn't crack the top ten, which you can peruse right here:

1. American Sniper.............................................................................$31.8 million...............$248.9 million

2. Paddington.....................................................................................$8.5 million.................$50.5 million

3. Project Almanac.............................................................................$8.5 million.................New Release

4. Black or White................................................................................$6.4 million.................New Release

5. The Boy Next Door.........................................................................$6.0 million.................$24.6 million

6. The Wedding Ringer......................................................................$5.7 million.................$48.1 million

7. The Imitation Game.......................................................................$5.1 million.................$67.9 million

8. Taken 3...........................................................................................$3.6 million.................$81.3 million

9. Strange Magic................................................................................$3.4 million.................$9.8 million

10. The Loft........................................................................................$2.8 million.................New Release

Next weekend, the scifi adventure Jupiter Ascending opens in theaters alongside long-delayed fantasy actioner Seventh Son, and kid-friendly romp The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

See how the impact the box office next week, same Rogue time, same Rogue channel!


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