'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, Sep. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$8,919,921--2,330--$3,828$8,919,9211Disney
2Contagion$4,646,043160%3,2220$1,442$34,358,1342Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$4,009,445--2,886--$1,389$4,009,4451FilmDistrict
4Straw Dogs (2011)$1,979,631--2,408--$822$1,979,6311Sony / Screen Gems
5The Help$1,940,456105%3,01479$644$142,867,2106Disney / DreamWorks
6I Don't Know How She Does It$1,565,681--2,476--$632$1,565,6811Weinstein Company
7Warrior (2011)$907,496108%1,88314$482$8,049,7962Lionsgate
8The Debt$870,197101%1,831-45$475$24,491,9973Focus
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$750,013164%2,340-547$321$169,743,4197Fox
10Colombiana$721,658129%1,933-421$373$31,768,8904Sony / TriStar
11Shark Night 3D$542,589181%2,082-766$261$16,051,2903Relativity Media
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$502,732148%1,145-165$439$79,672,8238Warner Bros.
13Our Idiot Brother$408,45656%1,747-649$234$22,785,8754Weinstein Company
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$354,306116%1,334-917$266$22,013,2174FilmDistrict
15Apollo 18$341,25167%1,795-1535$190$16,129,6603Weinstein Company
16Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$280,010279%1,650-894$170$34,797,3775Weinstein Company
17The Smurfs$257,629190%1,419-558$182$136,608,2428Sony / Columbia
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$131,33919%1,5000$88$2,067,4032Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$448,266300%230132$1,949$2,855,7722CodeBlack Entertainment
2Seven Days in Utopia$186,395128%437-118$427$3,219,2283Visio Entertainment
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$180,39385%601-209$300$377,660,51610Warner Bros.
4Captain America: The First Avenger$154,360107%540-264$286$173,891,9349Paramount
5Cowboys & Aliens$150,130133%614-306$245$98,449,5968Universal
6Horrible Bosses$140,393109%444-59$316$116,199,51911Warner Bros. / New Line
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$117,844684%306129$385$350,980,62312Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bad Teacher$98,831--474378$209$99,163,18013Sony / Columbia
9Zookeeper$95,381--3485$274$78,955,54511Sony / Columbia
10The Change-Up$72,145140%307-67$235$36,684,6757Universal
11Sarah's Key$71,22431%266-40$268$6,121,5189Weinstein Company
1230 Minutes or Less$70,14736%291-355$241$36,747,9196Sony / Columbia
13Final Destination 5$67,30548%302-353$223$41,995,1846Warner Bros. / New Line
15One Day$47,5688%254-238$187$13,662,5025Focus
16Mr. Popper's Penguins$36,376388%213-39$171$67,768,41314Fox
17Super 8$27,396117%159-44$172$126,804,80815Paramount
18Conan the Barbarian (2011)$26,324-27%154-397$171$21,088,6325Lionsgate
19Saving Private Perez$23,10467%116-49$199$1,265,6193Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Kung Fu Panda 2$20,643179%142-22$145$165,051,37417Paramount / DreamWorks
21Green Lantern (2011)$16,007100%103-52$155$116,512,29714Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$21,53934%490$440$12,756,15424Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Friends With Benefits$21,368--96-18$223$55,761,4089Sony / Screen Gems
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$15,572640%1916$820$126,8523Indomina Media
4Monte Carlo$14,939148%46-23$325$23,087,13012Fox
5Circumstance$14,596163%318$471$220,2214Roadside Attractions
6The Tree of Life$9,12732%41-21$223$13,124,54217Fox Searchlight
7Attack the Block$7,313-1%35-16$209$986,4718Sony / Screen Gems
8The Future$4,72691%293$163$490,1908Roadside Attractions
9The Devil's Double$2,8338%25-8$113$1,335,4268Lionsgate
10Another Earth$2,370-27%17-24$139$1,288,0219Fox Searchlight
11Project Nim$1,77593%176$104$378,65911Roadside Attractions
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$454-44%5-3$91$1,340,73410Fox Searchlight
13Tanner Hall$147-71%1-4$147$4,8372Anchor Bay Films