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Per Theater Chart: Sniper Expands Wide, but Still Secures Top Spot

January 21st, 2015

American Sniper poster

American Sniper expanded wide, but it still earned first place on the per theater chart with an average of $25,111 in more than 3,000 theaters. Second place went to Still Alice, which opened with an average of $17,667 in 12 theaters. Those were the only two films to reach the $10,000 club over the three-day weekend, but Ode to me Father came close enough that it probably got there over the four-day weekend.

The rest of the new limited releases were not as good with only one of them topping the Mendoza Line. Spare Parts opened in 440 theaters, which proved to be too many, as it only managed an average of $3,036. We still only have the estimates for Match, but according to those estimates, it earned an average of $2,000 in three theaters. Appropriate Behavior was next with an average of $1,682 in eleven theaters. Little Accidents was well back with an average of $509 in seventeen theaters. Finally, Three-Night Stand opened with an average of $254 in ten theaters.

This past week also saw milestones reached for a few Per Theater Chart alumni:

  • Ode to My Father reached the $1 million mark late in the weekend and it could have enough momentum to carry it to $2 million.
  • Spare Parts opened with more than $1 million and it should have no trouble getting to $2 million over the weekend. However, its per theater average is low enough that I'm not sure how strong its legs will be, so $3 million might be out of reach.
  • Inherent Vice reached $5 million before the weekend, but its per theater average has fallen enough that it won't get any further.
  • As expected, Foxcatcher just got to $10 million and it still has a chance to get to $15 million.
  • The Imitation Game has topped $50 million, which is incredible for a limited release. This is more than The Book of Life earned and it is about to top No Good Deed.


Filed under: Weekend Box Office, Theater Averages, Foxcatcher, Inherent Vice, The Imitation Game, American Sniper, Match, Spare Parts, Still Alice, Three Night Stand, Appropriate Behavior, Little Accidents