'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 Sun, May. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$26,274,106-12%3,615--$7,268$117,556,6611Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$16,038,952-13%3,925--$4,086$53,460,4311Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$13,719,408-10%4,1649$3,295$153,424,2612Disney
6Fast Five$2,161,225-12%2,981-641$725$195,818,2505Universal
7Rio (2011)$677,170-5%1,672-921$405$134,846,1577Fox
8Something Borrowed$611,471-13%1,440-1166$425$34,775,1814Warner Bros.
9Priest (2011)$601,761-7%1,918-946$314$27,335,2773Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$605,623-19%939-533$645$34,104,6974Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$375,350-11%794-1100$473$54,417,0336Fox
3Soul Surfer$138,769-9%401-583$346$41,290,0338Sony / TriStar
5Source Code$109,054-12%299-78$365$53,432,4139Summit
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$107,332-22%359-553$299$52,298,0366Lionsgate
7Everything Must Go$100,284-4%161-84$623$2,096,2113Roadside Attractions
10Limitless$73,873-12%269-88$275$78,457,21811Relativity Media
11Win Win$72,709-10%124-78$586$9,646,65011Fox Searchlight
12The Lincoln Lawyer$63,973-21%166-92$385$56,790,94211Lionsgate
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$56,016-11%214-39$262$52,107,69010Fox
14The Conspirator$55,832-12%137-132$408$11,154,9177Roadside Attractions
16Jane Eyre (2011)$52,413-19%143-65$367$10,656,31112Focus
17Scream 4$45,391-3%26156$174$37,883,2627Weinstein Company
18The Beaver$34,380-17%109-59$315$765,7334Summit
19Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$25,680-7%203-439$127$9,449,6215Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$133,60012%4--$33,400$372,9201Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$81,435-9%47-3$1,733$5,887,5268Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$35,438-2%30-4$1,181$25,230,80063Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Arthur (2011)$28,536-11%77-160$371$32,940,0978Warner Bros.
5Battle: Los Angeles$20,6034%96-74$215$83,537,65112Sony / Columbia
635 and Ticking$3,479-16%60$580$48,2802Image Entertainment
7Kill the Irishman$2,748-27%10-2$275$1,166,53712Anchor Bay Films
8The King's Speech$2,500-51%18-22$139$138,774,31527Weinstein Company
9Dum Maaro Dum$707-9%6-5$118$562,6876Fox Searchlight
10Go For It!$547-15%14-50$39$178,1643Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Music Never Stopped$460-46%50$92$244,72411Roadside Attractions
12Biutiful$458171%5-2$92$5,098,56222Roadside Attractions
13Skateland$22345%2-9$112$17,7043Freestyle Releasing