'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, Dec. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$5,018,91361%3,401-62$1,476$258,761,0895Sony / Columbia
2Rise of The Guardians$4,905,613113%3,639-33$1,348$58,576,9293Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$4,060,83059%2,014-4$2,016$94,837,7635Disney / DreamWorks
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$3,969,97740%3,646-362$1,089$266,338,4454Lionsgate / Summit
5Life of Pi$3,680,72763%2,94618$1,249$58,552,3053Fox
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,348,42510%2,837--$828$4,476,2841FilmDistrict
7Wreck-It Ralph$2,343,764108%2,746-341$854$163,015,3606Disney
8Red Dawn (2012)$1,906,41147%2,754-27$692$36,210,5543FilmDistrict
10Killing Them Softly$1,169,80232%2,4240$483$11,077,8252Weinstein Company
11The Collection$594,01723%1,4030$423$5,044,3412LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$308,72138%1,2491225$247$39,770,57512Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$971,15651%3710$2,618$13,407,2644Weinstein Company
2Argo$696,97367%944-99$738$102,791,9709Warner Bros.
3Anna Karenina (2012)$653,96350%42238$1,550$6,147,4704Focus
4Hitchcock$317,03760%181131$1,752$1,463,7293Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$216,64862%162-12$1,337$2,300,9612Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$174,64349%430-66$406$137,605,23310Fox
7Pitch Perfect$141,25540%387-16$365$63,453,55311Universal
8The Sessions$99,47962%197-29$505$4,890,3378Fox Searchlight
9Cloud Atlas$68,24843%191-3$357$26,394,1297Warner Bros.
10Here Comes the Boom$68,08862%234-100$291$42,522,9879Sony / Columbia
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$59,26037%175-14$339$16,822,55112Lionsgate / Summit
12Looper$57,24839%232-48$247$66,109,17711Sony / TriStar
13Alex Cross$51,81758%214100$242$25,587,8658Lionsgate / Summit
14Hotel Transylvania$48,19095%196-52$246$143,796,68011Sony / Columbia
15The Man With the Iron Fists$34,39041%1817$190$15,494,9106Universal
16Seven Psychopaths$29,45830%141-21$209$14,884,9699CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$53,10886%171$3,124$282,5543Warner Bros.
2Hyde Park on Hudson$35,02550%4--$8,756$58,3961Focus
3A Late Quartet$34,025101%63-11$540$973,3066Entertainment One / RKO
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$29,587203%90-12$329$160,936,23322Fox
6To the Arctic 3D$16,11316%520$310$10,117,32134Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Sinister$15,46638%77-11$201$47,813,9489Lionsgate / Summit
8Fun Size$12,56186%80-36$157$9,393,0647Paramount
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$11,92459%76-48$157$17,499,9867Open Road
10Chasing Mavericks$11,64336%67-12$174$5,867,8377Fox
11The Dark Knight Rises$11,36660%62-18$183$448,124,78621Warner Bros.
12House at the End of the Street$11,16666%68-40$164$31,582,58412Relativity Media
13Hecho en Mexico$9,45034%2614$363$109,9682Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,552145%47-5$182$48,978,99719Fox
15Trouble with the Curve$8,50127%71-29$120$35,750,19112Warner Bros.
16Born to Be Wild 3D$7,866-15%300$262$21,468,97988Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Paranormal Activity 4$7,70223%48-22$160$53,741,4798Paramount
18Arbitrage$6,63432%25-10$265$7,873,51513Roadside Attractions
19The Master$4,41336%230$192$15,891,31913Weinstein Company
20This Must Be the Place$2,02690%5-2$405$134,8906Weinstein Company
21The Intouchables$1,52881%12-7$127$13,048,53729Weinstein Company
22The Rabbi's Cat$1,40533%1--$1,405$2,4631GKIDS
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$542%2--$27$83,79410Roadside Attractions