'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. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$15,497,7871%3,719--$4,167$41,325,8991Paramount
2The Croods$9,682,350-10%4,06519$2,382$82,568,9992Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$7,938,264-16%2,047--$3,878$17,343,9031Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$5,669,50118%3,1068$1,825$51,217,4512FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$4,456,3483%3,324-481$1,341$195,439,0554Disney
6The Host (2013)$3,487,001-35%3,202--$1,089$8,824,1121Open Road
7The Call$1,909,4229%2,439-68$783$38,336,0983Sony / TriStar
9Spring Breakers$988,937-10%1,379--$717$9,389,8623A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$506,8393%1,575-1585$322$20,286,5853Warner Bros. / New Line
11Identity Thief$432,7858%1,082-1084$400$129,651,0158Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$368,946-4%1,080-1480$342$61,133,6835Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$374,59124%752-292$498$128,488,25820Weinstein Company
2Snitch (2013)$179,44114%746-1061$241$41,245,9386Lionsgate / Summit
3Quartet$164,98248%302-123$546$16,493,52012Weinstein Company
4Life of Pi$164,96413%340-149$485$123,204,83119Fox
5Safe Haven$149,213-5%550-729$271$69,729,2407Relativity Media
621 And Over$111,687-4%344-790$325$24,877,0035Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$78,700-18%977-517$81$53,866,2327Weinstein Company
8Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$74,46511%202-7$369$55,178,95010Paramount
9Stoker$72,45223%194-81$373$1,430,1715Fox Searchlight
10Django Unchained$69,21917%233-63$297$162,271,01814Weinstein Company
11Emperor$65,35445%138-99$474$2,852,2904Roadside Attractions
12A Good Day to Die Hard$63,33510%209-239$303$66,513,2817Fox
13Argo$58,01324%26075$223$135,693,42925Warner Bros.
14Side Effects (2013)$52,18129%102-123$512$31,200,1368Open Road
15Warm Bodies$48,544-2%162-137$300$65,221,5399Lionsgate / Summit
16Parental Guidance$35,135-6%140-45$251$76,882,49514Fox
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$27,5477%145-90$190$302,833,16916Warner Bros. / New Line
19The Last Exorcism Part II$24,4518%102-353$240$15,139,3665CBS Films
20Rise of The Guardians$24,180-8%134-28$180$103,280,87619Paramount / DreamWorks
21Dark Skies$23,6452%101-104$234$17,120,8346Weinstein / Dimension
22Les Miserables (2012)$21,2258%109-20$195$148,761,83514Universal
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$16,0485%115-73$140$19,388,9897Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$104,90910%4--$26,227$199,9361Focus
2Himmatwala$69,923-4%99--$706$142,4701UTV Motion Pictures
3From Up on Poppy Hill$46,39516%2519$1,856$250,9223GKIDS
4The Sapphires$32,70778%128$2,726$105,7082Weinstein Company
5Starbuck$21,81859%1714$1,283$3,513,4042eOne Films US
6To the Arctic 3D$19,961-27%520$384$11,900,85350Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Impossible$17,5995%86-37$205$18,807,77115Lionsgate / Summit
8Born to Be Wild 3D$14,868-25%300$496$22,352,536104Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Dead Man Down$11,52012%75-537$154$10,757,7624FilmDistrict
10Gangster Squad$7,69614%500$154$45,992,12012Warner Bros.
12Bless Me, Ultima$4,40219%11-10$400$1,533,3626Arenas Entertainment
13Kai Po Che$2,80821%5-13$562$1,114,8546UTV Motion Pictures
14The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,4157%7-21$202$363,1965Methinx Entertainment
15Camp (2013)$1,346-29%6-11$224$103,8126Freestyle Releasing
16Rangrezz$9645%2-9$48$5,9992UTV Motion Pictures