'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 Sat, Jun. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern (2011)$16,681,001-22%3,816--$4,371$38,067,5241Warner Bros.
2Super 8$8,002,76933%3,40829$2,348$65,530,1202Paramount
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$6,516,1392%3,339--$1,952$12,885,5841Fox
4X-Men: First Class$4,453,52031%3,375-317$1,320$116,280,3603Fox
5The Hangover Part II$4,047,49425%3,460-215$1,170$230,331,7454Warner Bros.
6Kung Fu Panda 2$3,417,50134%3,469-460$985$140,602,8834Paramount / DreamWorks
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,465,15338%2,742-691$899$218,349,2485Disney
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$822,5634%2,5240$326$10,538,6842Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$476,06546%11568$4,140$3,539,1174Fox Searchlight
3Fast Five$339,05034%729-600$465$206,535,9658Universal
4The Art of Getting By$240,365-19%610--$394$536,4441Fox Searchlight
5Rio (2011)$201,76628%408-119$495$138,566,48610Fox
6Water for Elephants$127,48329%351-115$363$57,113,6399Fox
7Soul Surfer$91,36912%264-53$346$42,568,03711Sony / TriStar
8Jumping the Broom$88,36949%211-154$419$37,037,9337Sony / TriStar
9Something Borrowed$85,72313%212-154$404$38,036,4397Warner Bros.
10The Lincoln Lawyer$78,83336%220119$358$57,311,60814Lionsgate
12Source Code$48,33929%161-87$300$54,353,69912Summit
13Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$36,16231%162-20$223$9,815,9488Weinstein Company
14Limitless$28,68528%117-49$245$79,054,98514Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Born to Be Wild 3D$74,956-4%470$1,595$7,173,52411Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$43,19725%332$1,309$25,829,61266Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Submarine$24,01944%2811$858$190,0333Weinstein Company
7Win Win$19,12556%67-33$285$10,065,12714Fox Searchlight
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$18,64313%90-27$207$52,549,15913Fox
9Priest (2011)$18,34331%71-98$258$29,124,2076Sony / Screen Gems
10Jane Eyre (2011)$18,28120%68-22$269$11,088,56915Focus
11Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$16,78128%71-41$236$52,834,1269Lionsgate
12Everything Must Go$11,71443%55-32$213$2,589,6266Roadside Attractions
13The Conspirator$9,88673%44-22$225$11,451,77310Roadside Attractions
14The Last Mountain$6,9645%74$995$57,7603Dada Films
15Beautiful Boy$6,41632%84$802$44,5923Anchor Bay Films
16Scream 4$5,37724%39-41$138$38,155,96910Weinstein Company
17The Beaver$5,23636%23-23$228$932,1367Summit
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,89619%106$290$196,35340Collective Eye
1935 and Ticking$1,2339%10$1,233$71,7955Image Entertainment
20Kill the Irishman$777171%2-3$389$1,184,74415Anchor Bay Films
21The Music Never Stopped$1084%31$36$248,93014Roadside Attractions