'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 Mon, Aug. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$1,361,996-66%3,35539$406$53,599,5192Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$930,885-63%3,654-99$255$86,453,1053Universal
4The Dark Knight Rises$833,162-60%2,606-551$320$423,088,3806Warner Bros.
5The Campaign$821,447-59%3,30247$249$65,397,0163Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$773,323-61%2,5980$298$27,850,3652Disney
7Premium Rush$630,583-61%2,255--$280$6,660,7471Sony / Columbia
8Hope Springs (2012)$601,860-60%2,40241$251$45,408,4313Sony / Columbia
9Hit and Run$490,231-61%2,870--$171$6,209,4871Open Road
10Sparkle (2012)$335,286-67%2,2440$149$18,992,1822Sony / TriStar
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$279,200-57%1,965-772$142$43,162,7174Fox
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$256,724-52%1,550-724$166$153,756,8007Fox
13Total Recall (2012)$202,387-56%1,576-858$128$55,376,1604Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$230,479-61%810--$285$3,071,9671Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$117,450-48%783-386$150$214,880,2559Universal
4The Amazing Spider-Man$67,552-49%418-180$162$258,423,3798Sony / Columbia
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$54,577-63%212-24$257$8,914,2959Fox Searchlight
6Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$53,787-69%374-32$144$213,742,84912Paramount / DreamWorks
7Step Up Revolution$51,273-61%428-477$120$33,754,5945Lionsgate / Summit
8Moonrise Kingdom$48,541-56%33250$146$43,720,23814Focus
9The Intouchables$43,871-56%1940$226$10,490,44614Weinstein Company
10Magic Mike$33,094-46%355100$93$113,119,6389Warner Bros.
11Ruby Sparks$18,762-58%135-83$139$2,124,1425Fox Searchlight
12The Watch$18,094-65%250-263$72$33,483,3295Fox
13The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$16,139-41%112-16$144$45,769,97517Fox Searchlight
14Snow White and the Huntsman$15,520-60%194-50$80$154,932,77513Universal
16The Hunger Games$10,013-68%189-41$53$407,894,02423Lionsgate
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$9,519-54%130-294$73$3,306,1473ARC Entertainment
18Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$4,202-68%106-93$40$65,058,8409Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$35,124-11%520$675$7,990,95819Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cosmopolis$19,345-55%6360$307$467,6942Entertainment One Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$9,124-34%330$276$20,684,99873Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Safety Not Guaranteed$5,552-54%540$103$3,760,28912FilmDistrict
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,377-65%75-30$72$37,402,49410Fox
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$4,116-54%66-74$62$25,314,0268Paramount
8Easy Money (2012)$688-67%50$138$180,8957Weinstein Company
9A Cat In Paris$232-82%6-1$39$303,04413GKIDS