'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, Apr. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$2,231,810-69%3,003--$743$29,718,9541Warner Bros.
2Evil Dead$743,686-67%3,0250$246$42,273,7702Sony / TriStar
3The Croods$720,092-82%3,689-190$195$143,159,2364Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$694,726-77%3,535-199$197$103,214,8393Paramount
5Scary Movie 5$636,427-76%3,402--$187$14,793,7941Weinstein / Dimension
6Jurassic Park 3D$597,555-76%2,7787$215$32,568,5402Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$566,472-71%2,935-124$193$82,423,3704FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$325,711-76%2,504-401$130$219,707,0816Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$324,354-70%1,805-242$180$45,749,4523Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$171,902-70%2,172-1030$79$23,600,3853Open Road
11The Call$143,980-71%1,630-372$88$48,718,1955Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$337,954-66%514484$657$5,577,8203Focus
2Trance$83,806-63%438434$191$1,155,0222Fox Searchlight
4Spring Breakers$44,192-55%426-646$104$13,573,3825A24
5Identity Thief$39,225-68%564-157$70$132,061,49010Universal
6Silver Linings Playbook$32,434-64%451-73$72$130,366,23222Weinstein Company
7Quartet$23,706-61%224-28$106$17,601,37114Weinstein Company
8Jack the Giant Slayer$21,713-75%331-171$66$62,980,0047Warner Bros. / New Line
9Life of Pi$18,268-71%217-52$84$124,298,00921Fox
10Warm Bodies$16,598-70%279-8$59$65,914,66511Lionsgate / Summit
11The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$13,209-67%274-261$48$22,142,6095Warner Bros. / New Line
12Safe Haven$13,130-66%277-83$47$70,617,8269Relativity Media
13A Good Day to Die Hard$11,323-71%210-15$54$67,018,0889Fox
14Escape From Planet Earth$10,086-78%276-156$37$54,670,1999Weinstein Company
15Snitch (2013)$8,665-74%215-89$40$41,997,6368Lionsgate / Summit
1621 And Over$8,202-61%107-73$77$25,439,8787Relativity Media
17Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$8,135-72%154-26$53$55,595,27412Paramount
18Django Unchained$6,709-64%126-57$53$162,698,29116Weinstein Company
19Argo$3,585-74%1720$21$135,990,50827Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$21,768-67%9333$234$806,1144Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$12,305237%480$256$681,2276Gathr Films
3From Up on Poppy Hill$8,901-69%498$182$617,8785GKIDS
4Emperor$6,035-60%96-24$63$3,225,1766Roadside Attractions
5Not Today$5,945-75%41--$145$102,2921Freestyle Releasing
6Side Effects (2013)$4,650-65%53-27$88$31,484,03910Open Road
7The Impossible$4,401-69%77-3$57$19,001,15617Lionsgate / Summit
8Dead Man Down$3,035-65%94-52$32$10,883,9616FilmDistrict
9To the Arctic 3D$2,941-76%520$57$12,126,45552Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Camp (2013)$2,776--2113$132$171,8128Freestyle Releasing
11Starbuck$2,560-70%321$80$3,661,3914eOne Films US
12Parental Guidance$2,262-81%90-20$25$77,121,23916Fox
13Stoker$2,072-30%30-59$69$1,674,5677Fox Searchlight
14Dark Skies$2,018-69%25-3$81$17,219,8768Weinstein / Dimension
15Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$1,971-71%13-3$152$112,6252CodeBlack Films
16The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,666-80%55-22$30$302,976,74118Warner Bros. / New Line
17Born to Be Wild 3D$1,014-66%300$34$22,458,842106Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Settai$821-82%15-18$55$77,4862UTV Motion Pictures
19Himmatwala$48-67%3-58$16$270,6263UTV Motion Pictures
20Kai Po Che$30-67%1-1$30$1,120,8158UTV Motion Pictures