'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 Tue, Apr. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$3,293,283-21%4,1370$796$309,887,2223Lionsgate
2American Reunion$2,250,360-1%3,192--$705$26,046,7251Universal
3Titanic 3D$1,856,316-16%2,674--$694$29,703,9631Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$1,547,353-9%3,5450$436$61,863,0932Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$1,518,975-17%3,61815$420$39,924,4592Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$1,170,341-6%3,009-139$389$111,825,9714Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$780,780-22%3,003-261$260$199,991,1606Universal
8John Carter$102,917-15%1,015-1382$101$68,207,8305Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$138,60619%52441$265$4,911,8245CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$77,183-33%651-257$119$99,581,1709Warner Bros. / New Line
3Act of Valor$58,6110%708-531$83$68,881,6507Relativity Media
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$57,74623%447-66$129$3,504,9244Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$50,610-5%482-247$105$124,849,7809Universal
6A Thousand Words$50,468-16%507-500$100$17,533,1215Paramount
7Project X (2012)$46,4380%444-459$105$54,154,2646Warner Bros.
8The Vow$42,5711%479-35$89$124,007,0399Sony / Screen Gems
9Friends With Kids$32,31021%207-99$156$6,787,2355Roadside Attractions
10Casa de mi Padre$28,193-10%283-156$100$5,556,0394Lionsgate / Pantelion
11This Means War$27,389-4%321-254$85$53,533,1798Fox
12The Artist$25,9836%222-93$117$43,899,43020Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$23,61213%236-48$100$29,694,39815Weinstein Company
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$21,666-16%195-27$111$132,691,56817Fox
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$14,323-22%204-117$70$34,697,4077Lionsgate
18Silent House (2012)$9,864-20%214-111$46$12,577,4675Open Road
19The Woman in Black$8,094-10%159-20$51$54,124,44510CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$7,530-10%102-48$74$209,380,78117Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$34,5664%400$864$17,959,85453Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$11,219-4%61$1,870$257,1222Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$10,853-7%99-37$110$75,429,54716Fox
4The Descendants$7,52718%78-40$97$82,537,72621Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,365-10%4515$119$43,331,7539Fox
6Being Flynn$3,87024%33-7$117$533,3176Focus
7The Grey$3,476-6%67-137$52$51,540,77511Open Road
8W.E.$3,32221%210$158$525,23910Weinstein Company
9Red Tails$3,0901%55-46$56$49,765,77212Fox
10Coriolanus$2,916-7%171$172$640,30712Weinstein Company
11One For the Money$2,6539%49-53$54$26,409,83111Lionsgate
12Undefeated$2,3962%15-1$160$464,9308Weinstein Company
13Albert Nobbs$2,2455%301$75$2,966,85211Roadside Attractions