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 Sun, Nov. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ender's Game$6,441,563-40%3,407--$1,891$27,017,3511Lionsgate / Summit
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$5,036,382-43%3,3459$1,506$61,568,6392Paramount
3Free Birds$4,612,027-36%3,736--$1,234$15,805,2371Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$4,178,709-41%3,065--$1,363$16,334,5661CBS Films
5Gravity$3,122,711-49%3,024-683$1,033$218,891,3595Warner Bros.
6Captain Phillips$2,039,702-48%3,021-122$675$82,458,2324Sony / Columbia
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,207,012-41%2,430-681$497$106,146,1606Sony / Columbia
8The Counselor$849,304-43%3,0440$279$13,767,3592Fox
9Carrie (2013)$753,544-50%2,252-905$335$31,836,4123Sony / Screen Gems
10Escape Plan$637,745-38%1,966-917$324$21,590,9463Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$1,347,652-38%410287$3,287$8,952,5383Fox Searchlight
2About Time$290,500-38%175--$1,660$1,076,2501Universal
3Enough Said$254,198-51%662-173$384$14,809,9647Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$153,094-39%13048$1,178$1,433,5303Roadside Attractions
5Despicable Me 2$114,330-45%309-70$370$364,774,32518Universal
6We're the Millers$114,159-35%555-231$206$149,221,40513Warner Bros. / New Line
7Prisoners$95,580-50%465-882$206$59,949,8857Warner Bros.
8Rush (2013)$86,355-47%303-374$285$26,491,9197Universal
9Insidious: Chapter 2$77,032-64%553-676$139$82,820,5808FilmDistrict
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$57,154-44%251-52$228$67,489,95013Fox
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$50,247-45%312-132$161$115,071,73112Weinstein Company
12Baggage Claim$49,531-62%294-300$168$21,224,3906Fox Searchlight
13I'm in Love with a Church Girl$48,124-48%243-215$198$2,057,2863High Top Releasing
14Machete Kills$46,505-32%263-990$177$7,632,8794Open Road
15Don Jon$44,156-42%181-359$244$23,889,4816Relativity Media
16Instructions Not Included$37,751-23%136-165$278$44,132,64010Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Grown Ups 2$34,217-39%148-40$231$133,471,45317Sony / Columbia
18Pulling Strings$27,137-3%109-206$249$5,713,5665Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Runner Runner$26,864-42%237-732$113$19,156,6325Fox
20The Smurfs 2$26,432-30%135-70$196$70,879,07814Sony / Columbia
21The Wolverine$18,550-47%119-45$156$132,357,10915Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$73,334-38%9--$8,148$260,8651Focus
2Turbo$19,606-32%69-39$284$82,807,21516Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Diana$19,069-35%38--$502$67,7541eOne Films US
4The Family (2013)$12,366-41%87-131$142$36,578,9858Relativity Media
5Grace Unplugged$11,425-44%81-127$141$2,451,2525Roadside Attractions
6The Heat$6,677-47%42-38$159$159,511,44019Fox
7Elysium$5,983-47%38-23$157$92,572,08513Sony / TriStar
8Big Sur$5,523-16%13--$425$16,8351Ketchup Entertainment
9In a World...$4,582-47%22-10$208$2,906,17313Roadside Attractions
10Spinning Plates$3,908-19%6--$651$39,1372The Film Arcade
11The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,0274%5-9$405$45,9026Rialto Pictures
12The World's End$1,920-51%16-10$120$25,971,35911Focus
13Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,628-49%10$1,628$17,9162Cinepix
14Romeo and Juliet (2013)$1,305-47%22-69$59$1,107,9074Relativity Media
15The Spectacular Now$901-7%18-6$50$6,836,90814A24
16Linsanity$602-33%4-4$151$259,9325Ketchup Entertainment
17Hotel Normandy$348-33%1--$348$4,6406Rialto Premieres
18Torn$180-63%2-3$90$17,4453The Film Collective