Weekend Box Office: AMERICAN SNIPER Just Misses Super Bowl Record
Unfortunately, the Oscar-nominated American Sniper is not the Super Bowl box office champion after all. The record holder continues to be the 2008 by Disney’s Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert.
According to Deadline,
“All of the top 10 films, except for Fox’s Taken 3, came in lower than their weekend projections yesterday morning due to the Super Bowl, with Warner Bros./Village Roadshow missing its target record as the largest grossing title over Super Bowl weekend. Disney’s Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds Concert holds onto to that title ($31.117M) with American Sniper ranking second with a $30.66M FSS….Warner Bros. was initially anticipating a 70% drop on Super Bowl Sunday for American Sniper from its Saturday B.O. of $16.5M but yesterday charted lower with a 74% decline for $4.4M. The average drop for the top 10 films between Saturday and Sunday was 65%… Even though American Sniper propelled the domestic B.O. past the $1B mark this weekend (2015 is now 9% ahead of 2014 year to date), there have been better Super Bowl weekends in terms of total tickets. This weekend ranks seventh among the top Super Bowl frames at the B.O. with 2008 still boasting the best weekend with $128M, led by Hannah Montana.”
Fortunately, this weekend’s doleful new releases: the science-fiction thriller Project Almanac, Kevin Costner-led racially charged drama Black or White and Erik Van Looy’s R-rated thriller The Loft failed to come close to Sniper’s box office reign.
But, next weekend will likely spell the end of the reign of the biggest war-themed film of all time, courtesy of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water as well as Universal’s Seventh Son and Warner Bros.’ Jupiter Ascending.
As always, check out this Rentrak top-ten list:
American Sniper proves that republicans can’t make spectacular war movies, but they can make big money…Nice to see Paddington hanging on…Not bad for a movie (Project Almanac) that was on the shelf for over a year.