"American Sniper" three-peats with $31.8M Super Bowl weekend record

American Sniper movie pictures - Sienna Miller1. American Sniper – $31.8 million [3rd week; $248.9 million] After a remarkably strong second weekend, the Clint Eastwood/Bradley Cooper action film easily remained the top dog and beat out the previous Super Bowl record holder “Best of Both Worlds Concert: The 3-D Movie (Anaglyph Extended Edition) [Blu-ray],” which earned $31.2 million in 2008.

At the rate it’s going, “Sniper” could beat surpass “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 [Blu-ray]” as the highest grossing film of 2014. It should lose its top spot next week, but this has been a phenomenal performance for the war drama.

2. Paddington -$8.7 million [3rd week; $50 million] The family film retains its second spot despite the arrival of three newcomers, none of which were able to make much of a dent at the box office.

Project Almanac3. Project Almanac – $8.5 million [debut week] The much hyped new release, which seemed poised to at least tap into the young adult demographic swung and missed. Compared to other early YA-targeted releases like “Warm Bodies,” which opened to $20 million in 2013, this was a massive flop and won’t remain in the Top 5 long past this week.

Black or White4. Black or White – $6.5 million [debut week] Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer’s collaboration didn’t connect much with audiences. The premise didn’t seem all that original and with its look at race relations, may have benefited from opening a week later. Expect this to stick around a bit longer as a result of its “A-” CinemaScore.

5. The Boy Next Door – $6.1 million [2nd week; $25 million] Apparently one sample of Jennifer Lopez’s cookies were enough for audiences as they tuned out in droves for the second weekend in a more than 60 percent drop from its debut. The important thing for the film though was its decent opening weekend since it more than earned back its $4 million budget so everything at this point is gravy anyway.

  • Fred

    I think “American Sniper” will surpass ‘Mockingjay part 1’ as 2014’s biggest domestic grosser. It’s clearly going to be the biggest domestic grossing film this year until ‘Age Of Ultron’ drops. I don’t think F&F7 will touch “American Sniper’s” domestic numbers which looks like they might reach upwards of 350 million.

  • I find that so crazy. It’s probably because I really wasn’t a fan of it, but I’m amazed at how well it’s connecting with audiences. Nah man, I can’t imagine FF7 not beating it thanks to the Walker curiosity factor. See that Mission Impossible 5 moved out of December to avoid that Star Wars juggernaut? 😉

  • keith

    Maybe the cookies getting stale?? sorry couldnt help myself

  • keith

    yeah i think im done with the “found footage” teen age drama. I mean why even go that route with a film now. Chronicle to me bent that on its ear and not only was a grand closing on the reason for films to look that way but they also was about as good of a live action american version of Akira ( thats what it was when you reaaalllly think about it). Yet those films can be tedious and well silly. Damn kids… didnt they learn doc brown rules of time travel. Just looking at the commercial you knew they were going to fail. doc and mcfly are shaking their heads lol

  • LOL