'American Sniper' Easily Retains First Place with $10.02 Million Friday; 'Project Almanac' Pulls $3.2 MillionJanuary 31, 2015 03:20 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Warner Bros. reports that American Sniper easily led Friday's box office for a third consecutive week, adding an estimated $10.02 million to its blockbuster haul. That figure is down 45 percent from last Friday and brings the film's total up to $227.1 million through 15 days of wide release -- on par with the pace of The Passion of the Christ and 53 percent ahead of where Gravity stood at the same point. BoxOffice projects a $30.5 million Super Bowl weekend take.

Paramount's Project Almanac debuted to $3.2 million on Friday. Unfortunately, that falls short of even conservative expectations heading into the weekend. The modestly budgeted (estimated $12 million production) found-footage thriller should land around $8.2 million for its opening weekend.

Black or White debuted to $2.27 million yesterday. Unfortunately, the pic had the disadvantage of opening in a market already featuring Selma as the primary option for moviegoers looking for a drama tackling racial subject matter. BoxOffice projects a $6.1 million debut weekend.

The Boy Next Door was off 63 percent from last week to $2.1 million on Friday. With $20.7 million in the bank through 8 days of release, look for a sophomore frame around $6.0 million.

Paddington took in another $1.94 million on Friday for a 25.5 percent week-to-week drop. With $44 million in the bank, BoxOffice projects an $8 million frame.

The Imitation Game added $1.61 million yesterday, down just 16 percent from last Friday and boosting its total to $64.4 million. BoxOffice projects a $5.3 million weekend.

Meanwhile, The Loft bowed to $1.18 million yesterday. With a late release announcement and very little marketing push, the film was not expected to make a big splash at the box office. BoxOffice projects a $3 million weekend.

Last but certainly not least, Game of Thrones: The IMAX Experience grabbed a strong $686,000 from 205 IMAX locations, giving it a $3,348 per-screen average. As the first television series ever released in the premium format, fans had been driving strong pre-sales over the last few weeks. Comparisons are few and far between, but look for a weekend in the neighborhood of $1.3 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 27 - Sun, Dec. 29

Wide (1000+)

1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$29,031,732-8%3,9280$7,391$189,501,2783Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$28,596,31946%3,335-205$8,575$248,117,7956Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$19,662,532-25%3,5070$5,607$83,179,5502Paramount
4American Hustle$18,718,811-2%2,5070$7,467$59,169,1643Sony / Columbia
5The Wolf of Wall Street$18,361,578--2,537--$7,238$34,153,1371Paramount
6Saving Mr. Banks$13,453,53344%2,1100$6,376$37,276,1503Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$12,765,508--2,909--$4,388$25,360,4681Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$10,061,47915%2,315-634$4,346$390,985,3226Lionsgate
947 Ronin$9,910,310--2,689--$3,686$20,612,5301Universal
10Walking With Dinosaurs$7,276,1723%3,24312$2,244$20,944,4782Fox
11Grudge Match$7,021,993--2,838--$2,474$13,140,2151Warner Bros.
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,887,194-18%1,788-406$3,852$43,206,2703Lionsgate
13Justin Bieber's Believe$2,007,567--1,037--$1,936$4,270,0671Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$2,240,7457566%975971$2,298$4,550,2135Weinstein Company
2Philomena$1,767,56046%727-11$2,431$16,444,9836Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$1,248,95815%16113$7,758$4,619,6734CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$1,068,141-69%220-19$4,855$6,817,7732Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$737,73131%250-60$2,951$5,711,5367Paramount Vantage
6Thor: The Dark World$636,073-53%319-797$1,994$202,363,6108Disney
7The Book Thief$614,094-18%481-199$1,277$17,884,5868Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$509,53472%303-10$1,682$116,601,84714Sony / Columbia
9Gravity$508,15018%175-127$2,904$254,593,55413Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$372,9791%154-147$2,422$37,798,96311Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$278,692-27%124-206$2,248$15,730,4889Focus
12Ender's Game$270,481155%24962$1,086$61,170,5079Lionsgate / Summit
13Last Vegas$253,2401%221-112$1,146$62,693,0019CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$233,96021%257-21$910$101,263,07110Paramount
15Free Birds$226,884231%24359$934$54,434,9069Relativity Media
16The Best Man Holiday$216,680-45%120-231$1,806$70,249,9507Universal
17Captain Phillips$140,7990%111-61$1,268$104,568,72312Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$128,68531%165-32$780$367,736,34526Universal
19Delivery Man$119,803-75%136-527$881$29,647,3986Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$68,7577%107-31$643$24,956,83811Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$41,037-87%102-626$402$11,121,7884Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Her (2013)$649,673150%4741$13,823$1,541,9942Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$179,302--5--$35,860$179,3021Weinstein Company
3Hubble 3D$172,788316%10-2$17,279$41,870,622198Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Lone Survivor$90,872--2--$45,436$153,8391Universal
5The Great Beauty$70,1292%420$1,670$786,8607Janus Films
6All Is Lost$64,61133%67-16$964$5,947,56111Roadside Attractions
7Homefront$64,480-88%75-600$860$20,097,9285Open Road
8Personal Tailor$54,730-51%90$6,081$257,4522China Lion Film
9The Past$34,17417%52$6,835$88,1782Sony Pictures Classics
10The Invisible Woman$31,948--3--$10,649$53,0641Sony Pictures Classics
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$26,103-3%53-32$493$68,470,83021Fox
12Blue Is the Warmest Color$25,705-18%24-7$1,071$2,013,86810IFC Films
13Enough Said$24,039-1%27-15$890$17,454,74615Fox Searchlight
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$23,34251%34-9$687$116,170,29720Weinstein Company
15Kill Your Darlings$21,95811%288$784$950,00911Sony Pictures Classics
16Blue Jasmine$21,305-5%23-3$926$33,010,93123Sony Pictures Classics
17Journey to the South Pacific$19,598296%30$6,533$54,8835IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
18The Saratov Approach$17,35356%14-6$1,240$1,524,25012Purdie Distribution
19Space Station 3D$16,079-45%3-3$5,360$89,685,171611IMAX
20Black Nativity$11,944-66%24-39$498$7,000,8565Fox Searchlight
21The Christmas Candle$10,916-69%16-51$682$2,247,7717EchoLight Studios
22To the Arctic 3D$9,730211%80$1,216$13,725,14289Warner Bros. / IMAX
23The Armstrong Lie$7,970-2%14-2$569$331,7948Sony Pictures Classics
24Deep Sea 3D$7,542217%1-1$7,542$46,014,615409Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Under the Sea 3D$7,178161%3-2$2,393$33,698,877255Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$7,17781%135$552$123,3576IFC Films
27Wadjda$7,13013%161$446$1,394,99016Sony Pictures Classics
28The Counselor$6,106-1%240$254$16,949,81410Fox
29Bettie Page Reveals All$5,640--5--$1,128$73,3726Music Box Films
30Oldboy (2013)$4,921123%210$234$2,189,1825FilmDistrict
3120 Feet from Stardom$4,86967%8-2$609$4,814,54329RADiUS-TWC
32The Family (2013)$4,444-12%290$153$36,910,65616Relativity Media
33Don Jon$4,060-66%31-1$131$24,468,31414Relativity Media
34Born to Be Wild 3D$3,7873165%40$947$23,117,555143Warner Bros. / IMAX
35The Punk Singer$3,592-7%10-5$359$108,2895IFC Films
36I Am Divine$2,796--4--$699$60,00312The Film Collaborative
37Muscle Shoals$2,4486%7-2$350$666,86214Magnolia Pictures
38Austenland$2,351168%50$470$2,155,33420Sony Pictures Classics
39Maidentrip$1,80411%10$1,804$4,2162First Run Features
40Inequality for All$1,349283%1-1$1,349$1,192,34114RADiUS-TWC
41The Selfish Giant$1,288-50%31$429$6,1642IFC Films
42The Act of Killing$1,1135%20$557$459,06124Drafthouse Films
43Here Comes the Devil$60436%21$302$2,6983Magnolia / Magnet
44The Last Days on Mars$49865%10$498$22,3144Magnolia / Magnet