'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, May. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$30,923,238-28%4,3490$7,110$373,071,6472Disney
2Dark Shadows$9,162,239-16%3,755--$2,440$29,685,2741Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man$1,994,593-11%2,05242$972$81,432,8404Sony / Screen Gems
4The Hunger Games$1,461,615-21%2,531-263$577$387,007,0488Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$1,181,454-27%2,839-166$416$53,788,2334Warner Bros.
6The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,094,434-16%3,079-279$355$23,047,0003Sony / Columbia
7The Five-Year Engagement$1,053,290-19%2,569-372$410$24,623,4203Universal
9Safe (2012)$506,299-9%1,690-581$300$15,717,4293Lionsgate
10The Raven$423,936-22%1,888-321$225$14,723,7753Relativity Media
11The Three Stooges$347,389-24%1,416-758$245$41,153,7695Fox
12The Cabin in the Woods$267,397-33%1,029-640$260$39,753,9125Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$919,057-15%178151$5,163$3,744,6562Fox Searchlight
2Girl in Progress$532,71220%322--$1,654$1,384,0781Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Mirror Mirror$241,7829%607-315$398$60,993,8867Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$154,652-45%589-451$263$135,117,5439Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$145,595-19%455-66$320$209,591,93511Universal
6American Reunion$91,175-53%521-335$175$56,050,1706Universal
7Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$86,190-12%260-43$332$102,581,33414Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Artist$79,79015%751710$106$44,439,47025Weinstein Company
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$63,838-18%200-47$319$8,541,99210CBS Films
10Titanic 3D$59,2191%157-176$377$57,614,3106Paramount
11Wrath of the Titans$50,210-46%265-450$189$81,990,1687Warner Bros.
12Lockout$43,181-47%255-56$169$14,136,7035Open Road
13Bully (2012)$30,381-24%2630$116$2,864,0717Weinstein Company
14A Thousand Words$27,666-16%127-13$218$18,292,87010Paramount
15Safe House$25,855-24%136-39$190$126,149,65514Universal
16This Means War$16,776-41%132-39$127$54,586,78413Fox
17Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$16,721-8%110-33$152$35,010,19212Lionsgate
18The Vow$13,496-39%111-46$122$125,014,03014Sony / Screen Gems
19Act of Valor$12,437-28%118-75$105$69,903,95712Relativity Media
20Jeff Who Lives at Home$12,116-26%11770$104$4,244,1559Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$69,1715%49-1$1,412$1,412,7854Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sound of My Voice$17,220-26%4618$374$188,2743Fox Searchlight
3The Road (2012)$17,161-23%50--$343$56,6921Freestyle Releasing
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,005-3%340$500$18,784,71758Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$15,78824%23-7$686$1,180,9305Code Black Entertainment
6Casa de mi Padre$11,4929%56-12$205$5,895,2389Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$7,731-14%67-8$115$133,062,41922Fox
9Kalakalappu @ Masala Cafe$5,309-29%10--$531$17,1011UTV Communications
10Project X (2012)$3,874-16%40-32$97$54,724,27211Warner Bros.
11Friends With Kids$3,174-45%362$88$7,206,80010Roadside Attractions
12Coriolanus$1,951-8%11-7$177$740,16917Weinstein Company
13Blue Like Jazz$1,8685%11-9$170$588,7005Roadside Attractions
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,362-33%12-5$114$43,453,65614Fox
15Undefeated$1,300-34%130$100$541,31913Weinstein Company
16Touchback$1,018-41%6-6$170$202,7135Anchor Bay Films
17Red Tails$792-74%9-3$88$49,866,61417Fox
18Tonight You're Mine$682-13%2--$341$2,1441Roadside Attractions
19Albert Nobbs$250541%2-3$125$3,014,54116Roadside Attractions