'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, Feb. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$15,293,042--2,958--$5,170$15,293,0421Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$13,645,625--3,119--$4,375$13,645,6251Universal
3Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$8,602,102--2,655--$3,240$8,602,1021Fox
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,541,362--3,470--$1,885$6,541,3621Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Woman in Black$3,384,716277%2,8561$1,185$28,540,2032CBS Films
7The Grey$1,362,31794%2,801-406$486$39,104,5813Open Road
8Big Miracle$938,520176%2,1334$440$10,274,4552Universal
9The Descendants$877,260104%1,581-457$555$68,106,87313Fox Searchlight
10One For the Money$675,14862%2,056-681$328$22,053,8533Lionsgate
11Underworld Awakening$670,50335%1,657-979$405$57,104,8724Sony / Screen Gems
12Red Tails$637,78257%1,580-767$404$43,301,1684Fox
13Man on a Ledge$398,69914%1,423-1575$280$16,568,9093Lionsgate
14Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$387,97528%1,375-1130$282$28,321,8648Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$558,11197%808-197$691$22,319,89712Weinstein Company
3The Iron Lady$296,71724%512-509$580$21,938,0127Weinstein Company
4Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$196,245--111--$1,768$196,2451UTV Communications
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$186,91625%469-608$399$205,994,7179Paramount
6Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$135,692103%232-70$585$21,583,26110Focus
7Joyful Noise$131,39018%686-664$192$29,531,9035Warner Bros.
8Beauty and the Beast 3D$127,572-30%678-1041$188$45,750,7675Disney
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$123,42019%269-399$459$100,444,2098Sony / Columbia
10War Horse$114,629-2%502-661$228$77,863,0038Disney / DreamWorks
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$95,038134%502-316$189$128,614,8929Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$94,4656%265-592$356$184,338,7639Warner Bros.
13We Bought a Zoo$88,745112%420-334$211$72,974,6508Fox
14Albert Nobbs$70,35228%151-94$466$1,829,9313Roadside Attractions
15The Adventures of Tintin$69,80845%257-229$272$75,601,2668Paramount
16Haywire$58,347-53%263-988$222$18,433,3564Relativity Media
17My Week with Marilyn$55,11265%125-46$441$13,191,16812Weinstein Company
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$52,82086%230-66$230$281,042,70913Lionsgate / Summit
19Puss in Boots (2011)$42,941154%209-44$205$148,566,61916Paramount / DreamWorks
20Jack and Jill$39,337--187-35$210$73,712,21514Sony / Columbia
21Happy Feet Two$35,613155%202-53$176$63,524,78913Warner Bros.
22New Year's Eve$19,27167%155-67$124$54,450,19510Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$26,32436%44-1$598$16,081,24945Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$23,38760%52-12$450$3,545,64711Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$15,669308%1713$922$79,8162Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$14,40778%99-27$146$30,369,51910Fox
5The Devil Inside$10,461-25%95-208$110$53,125,2246Paramount
6Coriolanus$7,53322%11-3$685$244,2134Weinstein Company
7Pariah (2011)$6,22040%13-6$478$640,3037Focus
8Chico & Rita$5,438--1--$5,438$5,4381GKIDS
9Immortals$4,1536%33-29$126$83,473,93514Relativity Media
10J. Edgar$4,103-21%42-93$98$37,283,87814Warner Bros.
11Young Adult$3,61136%35-23$103$16,247,77710Paramount
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,83156%103$283$264,0338FilmDistrict
13The Darkest Hour$1,90723%18-21$106$21,212,5168Summit
14Vettai$61789%2-2$309$195,5415UTV Communications
15Margin Call$144--20$72$5,352,98717Roadside Attractions