'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 Sun, Mar. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$11,369,110-37%3,74617$3,035$121,724,8502Universal
2John Carter$8,040,836-35%3,749--$2,145$30,180,1881Disney
3Project X (2012)$2,724,497-38%3,0550$892$39,717,0982Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$1,878,707-39%2,951-102$637$56,092,4743Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$1,540,527-43%1,890--$815$6,176,2801Paramount
6Silent House (2012)$1,332,039-50%2,124--$627$6,661,2341Open Road
7Safe House$1,221,880-45%2,144-409$570$115,605,3255Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,047,949-38%2,525-535$415$90,641,9995Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Vow$866,512-49%2,478-348$350$117,456,2315Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$845,763-50%1,949-393$434$46,895,4104Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$706,664-49%1,516-616$466$30,446,4533Lionsgate
12Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$533,103-41%1,804-683$296$48,065,2704Sony / Columbia
13The Artist$526,750-46%1,505-251$350$40,234,93316Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$511,474-44%369--$1,386$2,019,0831Roadside Attractions
4The Descendants$164,104-50%517-177$317$81,454,62417Fox Searchlight
5The Iron Lady$145,998-46%447-64$327$27,931,79111Weinstein Company
6The Secret World of Arrietty$140,785-28%501-930$281$17,572,9654Disney
7The Woman in Black$109,725-51%433-379$253$53,031,2836CBS Films
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$107,972-32%258-473$418$42,845,7545Fox
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$82,187-39%287-27$286$131,187,52513Fox
10Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$81,008-43%229122$354$208,394,55413Paramount
11We Bought a Zoo$50,072-43%228-38$220$74,669,87712Fox
12The Adventures of Tintin$44,413-30%153-62$290$77,384,66712Paramount
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$42,861-48%211-45$203$102,363,77112Sony / Columbia
14Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$41,197-53%109-17$378$23,922,14414Focus
15Big Miracle$36,905-49%238-121$155$19,594,7656Universal
16Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$36,098-50%208-58$174$186,523,36613Warner Bros.
17The Grey$35,981-34%151-157$238$50,960,0417Open Road
18Red Tails$30,171-42%178-71$170$49,343,1888Fox
19Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$29,006-43%202-101$144$31,711,09312Warner Bros.
20My Week with Marilyn$23,853-38%1200$199$14,486,30316Weinstein Company
22Joyful Noise$16,214-37%103-99$157$30,867,7069Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$60,707-43%18--$3,373$225,8941CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$32,790-32%400$820$17,007,78049Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Undefeated$16,794-38%130$1,292$254,3884Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$13,909-37%195$732$474,7908Weinstein Company
5Being Flynn$12,148-41%128$1,012$102,9862Focus
6Haywire$11,628-34%8250$142$18,898,1798Relativity Media
7W.E.$11,218-28%245$467$384,9626Weinstein Company
8Albert Nobbs$10,926-37%45-23$243$2,791,4087Roadside Attractions
9One For the Money$8,856-42%64-53$138$26,119,7687Lionsgate
10Pariah (2011)$6,348-29%196$334$758,09911Focus
11Shame$5,609-45%20-2$280$3,896,10115Fox Searchlight
12Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$2,79820%10-16$280$171,7763UTV Communications
13Paan Singh Tomar$2,205-34%5-5$441$33,9132UTV Communications
14The Devil Inside$404-56%10-7$40$53,205,75910Paramount
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$371-60%4-21$93$1,153,3605UTV Communications