'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 Wed, Dec. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,518,218-12%3,4480$2,470$94,737,6392Paramount
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,557,259-4%3,683-43$1,780$69,837,1512Fox
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,515,996-11%3,7030$1,760$103,691,1982Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,166,138-9%2,9140$1,430$36,615,5511Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$4,147,004-10%3,0870$1,343$31,923,2151Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$4,049,507-6%3,117--$1,299$23,399,8161Fox
7War Horse$3,714,009-11%2,376--$1,563$22,414,5241Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$1,701,2722%2,225-826$765$37,896,5853Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,242,087-15%2,324--$534$7,766,5561Summit
10The Muppets$1,012,4270%1,536-323$659$78,852,3185Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$753,282-2%1,411-411$534$272,707,3276Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$542,568-7%1,486-987$365$24,112,9483Fox
13Arthur Christmas$378,704-10%1,524-581$248$44,775,4975Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$805,549-3%753-82$1,070$35,199,0446Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$622,428-5%9871$631$9,355,8263Paramount
4The Artist$303,3032%167150$1,816$3,415,2635Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$268,6981%389-368$691$144,452,8929Paramount / DreamWorks
6My Week with Marilyn$241,6714%602358$401$7,769,2425Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$146,3726%525-235$279$60,258,1576Warner Bros.
8Jack and Jill$63,4511%242-435$262$71,455,7787Sony / Columbia
9J. Edgar$63,0203%4550$139$36,260,5427Warner Bros.
10Moneyball$58,250-1%2420$241$74,696,78214Sony / Columbia
11Dolphin Tale$57,0121%188-62$303$71,750,66314Warner Bros.
12Tower Heist$53,8650%283-135$190$76,425,7258Universal
13Courageous$46,3586%1925$241$33,837,38413Sony / TriStar
14Immortals$38,263-4%228-988$168$82,493,3887Relativity Media
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$34,167-7%2450$139$34,762,4418Warner Bros. / New Line
16Footloose (2011)$29,67411%182-71$163$51,523,39911Paramount
17In Time$22,17111%112-161$198$36,933,9409Fox
18The Ides of March$21,206-6%1454$146$40,719,17512Sony / Columbia
19Paranormal Activity 3$15,41811%124-82$124$103,923,43010Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$231,384-2%5539$4,207$2,625,9763Focus
2Shame$56,9815%500$1,140$1,708,2294Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$49,4635%490$1,009$15,006,09538Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$30,7729%6--$5,129$173,7031Warner Bros.
5Pariah (2011)$21,824--4--$5,456$21,8240Focus
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$14,80812%20-2$740$668,3925Warner Bros.
7The Way$14,7603%27-66$547$4,101,10712Producers Distribution Agency
8Margin Call$6,734-32%30-91$224$5,214,82910Roadside Attractions
9Drive (2011)$5,13914%26-30$198$34,802,97615FilmDistrict
10In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,85110%3--$1,617$34,7071FilmDistrict
11Like Crazy$4,60537%30-70$154$3,353,7649Paramount Vantage
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$4,45619%37-86$120$20,370,52410Summit
13Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,6273%15-24$175$2,897,45710Fox Searchlight
15Inni$153233%1--$153$116,8379Cinema Purgatorio