'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, Jul. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$4,517,407-19%2,903--$1,556$57,512,2491Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$3,361,405-23%3,820-71$880$287,179,7003Universal
3Turbo$2,604,547-26%3,806255$684$39,854,1161Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$2,431,053-25%3,4910$696$87,809,5122Sony / Columbia
5Pacific Rim$1,902,467-23%3,28510$579$74,715,6272Warner Bros.
6Red 2$1,768,764-25%3,016--$586$24,077,2281Lionsgate / Summit
8The Heat$1,227,300-16%2,689-306$456$133,169,9794Fox
9Monsters University$837,117-19%2,186-652$383$251,777,3755Disney
10World War Z$695,384-21%2,066-937$337$189,224,4285Paramount
11The Lone Ranger$569,085-16%2,273-1159$250$83,106,8013Disney
12White House Down$307,639-16%1,454-1112$212$69,430,1204Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$252,156-21%1,050-1100$240$285,827,0106Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$251,654-10%304225$828$5,362,2133Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$180,419-20%748-144$241$30,583,4073Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$161,752-20%622-772$260$94,967,3456Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$82,142-6%351--$234$946,4951Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$75,591-7%333-517$227$114,629,8508Lionsgate / Summit
7Star Trek Into Darkness$58,095-8%250-153$232$225,297,50710Paramount
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$56,034-11%302177$186$143,834,05311Warner Bros.
9Fast & Furious 6$46,035-8%279-43$165$237,260,7259Universal
10The Croods$43,592-6%212-20$206$186,163,26518Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Internship$34,039-11%2024$169$43,687,5537Fox
12The Purge$20,280-7%156-4$130$64,129,1507Universal
13The Hangover Part III$16,154-8%202-63$80$111,933,6049Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$84,5020%3427$2,485$1,592,1922Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$23,3831%95-43$246$3,897,9247Roadside Attractions
3Unfinished Song$20,671-7%88-3$235$1,131,6855Weinstein Company
4Mud$13,066-5%77-36$170$21,280,52613Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$12,469-2%38-59$328$5,664,5876A24
6The Kings of Summer$5,824-16%35-21$166$1,308,7618CBS Films
7Stories We Tell$4,536-16%22-6$206$1,530,40311Roadside Attractions
8Pain and Gain$4,420-1%70-80$63$49,749,07113Paramount
942 (2013)$4,331-10%85-20$51$95,015,10215Warner Bros.
10The East$4,133-9%31-36$133$2,221,3868Fox Searchlight
11Copperhead$3,3141%3631$92$155,1584Brainstorm Media
12Kon-Tiki$1,5535%9-12$173$1,471,37013Weinstein Company
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$780104%42$195$518,20212eOne Films US
14The Sapphires$7089%10-5$71$2,450,21918Weinstein Company
15Escape From Planet Earth$39159%7-48$56$57,012,67823Weinstein Company
16Scary Movie 5$38717%8-25$48$32,015,38615Weinstein / Dimension
17Not Today$6350%10$63$318,05415Freestyle Releasing