Grosses

'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, Mar. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$18,221,99160%3,9120$4,658$132,409,7622Disney
2The Call$6,844,21211%2,507--$2,730$13,024,7651Sony / TriStar
3The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$4,115,98211%3,160--$1,303$7,824,6601Warner Bros. / New Line
4Jack the Giant Slayer$2,774,63358%3,357-168$827$52,228,4353Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$2,032,03051%2,842-160$715$122,568,8456Universal
6Snitch (2013)$1,552,64248%2,35313$660$36,356,3794Lionsgate / Summit
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,192,02259%1,602-125$744$123,970,03118Weinstein Company
8Safe Haven$1,090,41829%2,206-335$494$66,395,9325Relativity Media
921 And Over$1,070,48713%2,424-347$442$21,264,2333Relativity Media
10Escape From Planet Earth$1,003,01059%2,211-338$454$51,471,0905Weinstein Company
11Dead Man Down$877,09138%2,1880$401$8,762,2552FilmDistrict
12The Last Exorcism Part II$589,87931%1,575-1125$375$14,145,5553CBS Films
13A Good Day to Die Hard$512,98153%1,117-608$459$65,163,0475Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$560,80171%646-25$868$121,009,71817Fox
2Quartet$412,09555%688-27$599$14,574,30010Weinstein Company
3Emperor$279,02052%31150$897$1,865,5352Roadside Attractions
4Side Effects (2013)$254,13370%402-200$632$30,342,5486Open Road
5Warm Bodies$249,13234%659-393$378$64,445,7607Lionsgate / Summit
6Argo$243,93371%540-201$452$135,055,73323Warner Bros.
7Dark Skies$241,80428%703-802$344$16,532,7754Weinstein / Dimension
8Zero Dark Thirty$202,30568%450-72$450$95,205,30113Sony / Columbia
9Lincoln$181,73066%46634$390$181,303,95919Disney / DreamWorks
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$142,23463%305-32$466$302,304,67514Warner Bros. / New Line
11Django Unchained$127,56751%266-70$480$161,512,79212Weinstein Company
12Les Miserables (2012)$89,17064%241-45$370$148,425,37012Universal
13Rise of The Guardians$72,38743%213-62$340$102,954,07917Paramount / DreamWorks
14Parental Guidance$63,39722%2223$286$76,506,36512Fox
15Mama$62,22536%204-10$305$71,290,6509Universal
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$42,49348%130-95$327$54,652,1428Paramount
17The Impossible$36,40143%105-9$347$18,592,42813Lionsgate / Summit
18Jack Reacher$34,95039%130-64$269$80,014,17913Paramount
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$32,81049%125-156$262$19,156,3575Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stoker$110,02835%9477$1,171$572,0573Fox Searchlight
2From Up on Poppy Hill$26,886179%2--$13,443$36,5281GKIDS
3Parker$24,12344%9258$262$17,518,6968FilmDistrict
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$23,16728%45-11$515$298,5353Methinx Entertainment
5To the Arctic 3D$22,397-3%520$431$11,678,31848Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Kai Po Che$20,21257%42-29$481$1,069,3714UTV Motion Pictures
7Bless Me, Ultima$19,20759%45-7$427$1,448,6104Arenas Entertainment
8Born to Be Wild 3D$13,835-20%300$461$22,198,456102Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Gangster Squad$13,34627%50-40$267$45,910,96710Warner Bros.
10Hyde Park on Hudson$10,33664%31-8$333$6,330,96915Focus
11Camp (2013)$6,683-53%1511$446$60,0564Freestyle Releasing
12Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,260--10$1,260$98,63624Roadside Attractions