'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 Sat, Jun. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$21,034,4753%3,773--$5,575$41,503,0001Universal
2Men in Black 3$12,188,77451%4,2480$2,869$103,269,4582Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$9,017,91360%3,670-248$2,457$547,123,5355Disney
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,985,47057%1,29461$1,534$24,148,2135Fox Searchlight
6The Dictator$1,977,64141%2,649-365$747$49,491,6803Paramount
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,838,05327%2,907-114$632$29,577,8573Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$1,663,15756%3,002-402$554$69,706,1634Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$1,247,00820%2,4330$513$13,654,3342Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$677,40549%1,099-322$616$397,906,03511Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$656,78211%757--$868$1,246,1901ARC Entertainment
2Think Like a Man$314,48468%509-277$618$89,543,6217Sony / Screen Gems
3The Pirates! Band of Misfits$284,85889%585-299$487$28,365,4896Sony / Columbia
4Crooked Arrows$234,024-8%327260$716$1,012,4973Branded/Peck Films
521 Jump Street$163,30737%330-34$495$137,087,54012Sony / Columbia
6Rowdy Rathore$159,26650%120--$1,327$265,4341UTV Communications
7Mirror Mirror$149,89926%357-65$420$62,812,05310Relativity Media
8The Lucky One (2012)$145,39245%404-211$360$58,891,5697Warner Bros.
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$141,75038%315-75$450$211,389,78514Universal
10The Three Stooges$115,81648%285-40$406$42,671,6238Fox
11The Five-Year Engagement$80,66054%218-56$370$28,237,7356Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$66,09652%205-50$322$83,175,33010Warner Bros.
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$51,43936%155-20$332$103,308,14817Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Cabin in the Woods$45,52133%136-67$335$41,132,2918Lionsgate
15Safe (2012)$42,79447%17563$245$16,908,5296Lionsgate
16High School$29,3564%200--$147$57,4931Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$353,44942%1612$22,091$1,462,7762Focus
2The Intouchables$148,54789%5046$2,971$393,6002Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$79,7235%500$1,594$2,725,8057Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Piranha 3DD$68,1977%86--$793$131,7751Weinstein Company
5Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$23,00572%60-27$383$9,012,56913CBS Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$18,181-32%33-1$551$19,210,23361Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Titanic 3D$12,88226%5210$248$57,848,4829Paramount
8Girl in Progress$12,87464%50-93$257$2,500,1874Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Artist$12,35737%8767$142$44,606,64628Weinstein Company
10Sound of My Voice$11,23634%486$234$352,9776Fox Searchlight
11Bully (2012)$8,4125%88-16$96$3,383,43210Weinstein Company
12The Raven$7,98738%61-50$131$15,785,7306Relativity Media
13Act of Valor$1,236-23%19-20$65$70,008,92415Relativity Media
14Undefeated$1,21474%60$202$560,41816Weinstein Company
15Friends With Kids$1,20642%8-1$151$7,244,92513Roadside Attractions
16Red Tails$1,01930%5-2$204$49,875,31620Fox
17Blue Like Jazz$8278%1-2$82$594,8648Roadside Attractions