'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 Mon, Oct. 31 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$2,531,585-43%3,3298$760$83,450,7552Paramount
2Puss in Boots (2011)$2,112,222-80%3,952--$534$36,189,6611Paramount / DreamWorks
3In Time$1,070,460-65%3,122--$343$13,120,8281Fox
4The Rum Diary$544,244-61%2,272--$240$5,679,6131FilmDistrict
5The Three Musketeers (2011)$385,871-61%3,0170$128$15,233,1082Summit
6Real Steel$381,186-71%2,914-498$131$74,322,6024Disney / DreamWorks
7Footloose (2011)$380,049-72%3,224-331$118$38,924,8743Paramount
8The Ides of March$349,320-52%1,572-470$222$33,949,9384Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$305,584-50%1,631-722$187$67,713,6836Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$194,588-63%1,134-61$172$27,876,5635Sony / TriStar
11Dolphin Tale$177,143-62%1,838-990$96$67,212,4366Warner Bros.
12Johnny English Reborn$163,170-67%1,5542$105$6,628,8552Universal
14The Thing (2011)$132,430-42%1,394-1601$95$16,207,5053Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$110,446-63%265--$417$1,132,2141Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$77,689-65%14084$555$1,568,0322Roadside Attractions
3The Help$47,017-56%450-326$104$166,951,07612Disney / DreamWorks
4The Way$45,373--258-25$176$1,655,3974Producers Distribution Agency
5Contagion$40,775-53%411-490$99$74,142,5568Warner Bros.
6Dream House$38,025-57%585-639$65$20,872,4205Universal
7The Mighty Macs$31,886-57%389-586$82$1,545,1992Quaker Media
8Drive (2011)$29,738-64%194-173$153$33,750,6767FilmDistrict
9The Big Year$27,094-49%423-1727$64$6,847,3233Fox
10The Lion King 3D$18,834-72%378-713$50$93,162,3037Disney
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$17,645-64%231-18$76$175,906,29713Fox
13Crazy, Stupid, Love$15,024-62%250-58$60$83,919,91914Warner Bros.
14Killer Elite$13,630-54%257-494$53$24,923,2516Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$10,118-68%163-77$62$380,717,82216Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$7,964-61%139-45$57$176,559,14015Paramount
17Apollo 18$5,551-63%120107$46$17,610,7439Weinstein Company
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,758-77%151-27$32$38,286,44311Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$26,989-67%3228$843$474,2082Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$12,427-41%490$254$13,825,95230Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Like Crazy$10,663-72%4--$2,666$133,8031Paramount Vantage
4The Debt$8,459-40%87-32$97$31,155,0299Focus
5Cowboys & Aliens$7,280-54%91-40$80$100,222,39614Universal
6What's Your Number?$4,629-58%62-281$75$13,860,3035Fox
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$4,490-60%7522$60$23,979,21910FilmDistrict
8Laugh at My Pain$3,434-68%51-52$67$7,640,6718CodeBlack Entertainment
9The Double (2011)$3,189-54%11--$290$29,8291Image Entertainment
10Shark Night 3D$3,146-78%90-12$35$18,800,4329Relativity Media
11Sarah's Key$1,861-63%29-19$64$7,059,21115Weinstein Company
12Munger Road$1,609-60%10-6$161$245,3045Freestyle Releasing
13Machine Gun Preacher$1,504-61%13-12$116$506,8656Relativity Media
14Our Idiot Brother$1,502-60%51-28$29$24,765,45310Weinstein Company
15Texas Killing Fields$1,346-27%73$192$35,0673Anchor Bay Films
16Warrior (2011)$976-40%31-34$31$13,652,6388Lionsgate
17Circumstance$635-61%7-3$91$430,04010Roadside Attractions
18The Future$5888%5-9$118$565,24914Roadside Attractions
19Inni$553-81%2--$277$32,2251Cinema Purgatorio
20I Don't Know How She Does It$376-77%14-15$27$9,603,5617Weinstein Company
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$223-66%6-15$37$483,5089Indomina Media
22Labios Rojos$203-82%11-32$18$135,1093Lionsgate / Pantelion
23Dirty Girl$58-71%1-4$58$51,4894Weinstein Company
24Thunder Soul$5640%40$14$143,6246Roadside Attractions
25Project Nim$35-72%3-9$12$405,92517Roadside Attractions