'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Apr. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$34,399,360--3,644--$9,440$34,399,3601Universal
2Rio (2011)$3,644,879125%3,708-134$983$92,871,8943Fox
3Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$3,086,833183%2,2880$1,349$34,116,9472Lionsgate
4Water for Elephants$2,919,273113%2,8203$1,035$26,057,0742Fox
6Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$1,090,954--2,505--$436$1,090,9541Weinstein Company
7Soul Surfer$1,021,572148%2,010-230$508$31,496,7244Sony / TriStar
9African Cats$962,22179%1,2244$786$9,227,2422Disneynature
10Source Code$809,837119%1,645-718$492$47,187,2015Summit
11Scream 4$794,97673%2,221-1093$358$34,111,6553Weinstein Company
14Arthur (2011)$335,12211%1,251-1519$268$30,998,3814Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$355,19260%838-525$424$75,347,0617Relativity Media
2The Conspirator$290,60266%697-152$417$7,952,0083Roadside Attractions
3Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$267,577--875--$306$267,5771Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
4Your Highness$229,14058%402-1208$570$20,702,0854Universal
5The Lincoln Lawyer$214,39448%719-501$298$54,224,7027Lionsgate
6The Adjustment Bureau$166,185743%27714$600$61,389,2659Universal
7Win Win$166,007122%302-86$550$7,111,5627Fox Searchlight
8Jane Eyre (2011)$134,08747%294-25$456$8,362,0278Focus
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$100,91076%503-425$201$50,720,0646Fox
12Just Go With It$39,479125%199-66$198$102,720,63812Sony / Columbia
13Red Riding Hood$38,152113%209-99$183$37,300,8988Warner Bros.
14The King's Speech$35,61666%185-49$193$138,455,48923Weinstein Company
15Beastly$26,991159%126-11$214$27,668,1759CBS Films
16Battle: Los Angeles$21,91524%102-118$215$82,745,3608Sony / Columbia
17Hall Pass$18,99154%116-86$164$44,944,56110Warner Bros. / New Line
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$14,54676%109-57$133$72,900,05612Paramount
19Unknown (2011)$13,93444%101-61$138$63,609,11511Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$102,68619%69-139$1,488$3,550,8944Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$50,2551%320$1,570$24,398,60159Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Dum Maaro Dum$28,769141%93-8$309$420,4252Fox Searchlight
4Sucker Punch$17,007-39%74-170$230$36,022,8546Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$15,815185%69-23$229$37,773,41411Fox
6Kill the Irishman$11,035201%307$368$1,034,8858Anchor Bay Films
7No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$8,6871%45-44$193$1,248,6244Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Cedar Rapids$3,663-7%26-10$141$6,790,11912Fox Searchlight
9Biutiful$2,52615%221$115$5,050,64118Roadside Attractions
10The Company Men$2,304106%150$154$4,407,83015Weinstein Company
11Sympathy For Delicious$2,109--2--$1,055$2,1091Maya Entertainment
12Meet Monica Velour$1,6972193%10$1,697$20,3464Anchor Bay Films
13Miral$1,566-44%10-10$157$355,9776Weinstein Company
14Thank You$413--7-13$59$460,1254UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$144-40%4-2$36$234,5007Roadside Attractions