'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 Wed, Jun. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$9,002,279-22%4,207--$2,140$161,779,8971Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$2,888,920-14%3,0550$946$42,690,7321Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$1,464,241-15%3,08262$475$85,384,8013Lionsgate / Summit
4The Internship$993,448-13%3,39933$292$34,205,5212Fox
5The Purge$984,580-16%2,59155$380$55,305,1552Universal
6Fast & Furious 6$977,505-15%3,375-396$290$222,928,0954Universal
8Star Trek Into Darkness$631,383-13%2,331-821$271$213,088,0525Paramount
9After Earth$492,084-14%2,432-969$202$56,093,8013Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$317,079-14%1,901-1341$167$109,057,2724Warner Bros.
11Iron Man 3$315,633-14%1,649-544$191$400,669,4347Disney
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$259,442-13%1,175-985$221$140,786,0506Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$103,778-12%368-16$282$182,960,53713Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Mud$71,521-9%405-175$177$19,835,0148Roadside Attractions
342 (2013)$61,184-12%44474$138$93,894,85610Warner Bros.
4The East$33,911-11%11574$295$814,2163Fox Searchlight
5Oblivion (2013)$24,510-17%258-40$95$88,857,8509Universal
6Olympus Has Fallen$20,118-3%201-35$100$98,448,17913FilmDistrict
7G.I. Joe: Retaliation$16,181-3%170-66$95$122,157,48812Paramount
8The Big Wedding$15,657-11%16573$95$21,523,8028Lionsgate
9Scary Movie 5$15,298-8%14190$108$31,577,66310Weinstein / Dimension
10Escape From Planet Earth$12,466-20%151-31$83$56,729,03818Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$32,164-6%5--$6,433$317,8991A24
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$22,71114%2318$987$452,5072Roadside Attractions
3The Kings of Summer$22,6241%6319$359$611,0193CBS Films
4Stories We Tell$12,1218%63-7$192$1,277,2976Roadside Attractions
5Kon-Tiki$11,98817%70-5$171$1,244,9248Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$7,104-18%520$137$12,826,99461Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Place Beyond the Pines$6,453-2%76-58$85$21,348,74212Focus
8Born to Be Wild 3D$6,267-34%300$209$22,822,973115Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Sapphires$5,18162%39-16$133$2,336,62413Weinstein Company
10Pain and Gain$4,9881%70-105$71$49,304,8528Paramount
11Lost and Found in Armenia$2,974-12%2-7$1,487$93,2132High Top Releasing
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,487-6%14-15$178$481,0307eOne Films US
13Quartet$2,0180%25-89$81$18,366,43123Weinstein Company
14We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$1,810-9%11-14$165$164,5184Focus World
15Tiger Eyes$81614%6-11$136$23,6542Freestyle Releasing
16From Up on Poppy Hill$77568%100$78$1,002,49414GKIDS
17Wish You Were Here (2013)$569-30%6-5$95$42,7922eOne Films US
18Not Today$459-28%7-12$66$293,35310Freestyle Releasing
19The Stroller Strategy$221-37%1--$221$2,6791Rialto Premieres
20Camp (2013)$171-46%2--$86$324,33017Freestyle Releasing