'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, Nov. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$10,417,194-52%3,841--$2,712$96,155,0351Disney
2Free Birds$2,586,609-27%3,7360$692$32,715,1232Relativity Media
3Ender's Game$1,575,917-46%3,4070$463$45,586,4052Lionsgate / Summit
4Last Vegas$1,549,660-49%3,08217$503$35,016,6662CBS Films
5Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,476,006-53%3,187-158$463$80,249,6093Paramount
6Gravity$1,229,206-48%2,720-304$452$232,479,0376Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$1,127,622-42%1,144734$986$18,548,9344Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$849,799-46%2,646-375$321$91,743,8435Sony / Columbia
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$804,640-11%1,836-594$438$110,757,7347Sony / Columbia
10About Time$629,885-51%1,2001025$525$6,905,6282Universal
11Carrie (2013)$157,892-53%1,512-740$104$34,208,6674Sony / Screen Gems
12The Counselor$127,237-47%1,022-2022$124$15,988,0313Fox
13Escape Plan$124,340-53%1,049-917$119$23,332,2044Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$168,682-47%399269$423$2,967,2374Roadside Attractions
2Despicable Me 2$97,650-31%3101$315$365,451,27019Universal
3Enough Said$78,349-52%429-233$183$15,917,7118Fox Searchlight
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$38,624-23%216-35$179$67,745,86614Fox
5We're the Millers$37,764-49%358-197$105$149,719,61014Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$24,379-39%214-98$114$115,324,53413Weinstein Company
7Prisoners$22,955-53%225-240$102$60,292,0438Warner Bros.
8Rush (2013)$19,715-43%164-139$120$26,771,0148Universal
9Insidious: Chapter 2$16,851-50%229-324$74$83,067,3819FilmDistrict
10Diana$13,915-53%10062$139$207,4472eOne Films US
11Baggage Claim$12,004-48%135-159$89$21,396,0777Fox Searchlight
12Machete Kills$11,045-73%212-51$52$7,960,1925Open Road
13Runner Runner$6,133-45%119-118$52$19,248,2176Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$88,086-54%3526$2,517$1,081,1742Focus
2Don Jon$16,457-48%92-89$179$24,094,4567Relativity Media
3The Book Thief$14,796-55%4--$3,699$119,8011Fox
4Turbo$12,545-28%62-7$202$82,884,44117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5I'm in Love with a Church Girl$10,067-38%74-169$136$2,175,8144High Top Releasing
6The Wolverine$8,134-41%77-42$106$132,433,15216Fox
7Pulling Strings$8,011-60%76-33$105$5,790,4066Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Instructions Not Included$5,908-58%52-84$114$44,200,87411Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Family (2013)$3,917-36%57-30$69$36,626,9619Relativity Media
10Grace Unplugged$2,788-46%37-44$75$2,483,7456Roadside Attractions
11Reaching for the Moon$2,308-38%2--$1,154$16,8811Wolfe Releasing
12Linsanity$1,548149%3-1$516$270,4896Ketchup Entertainment
13In a World...$1,414-64%18-4$79$2,928,75114Roadside Attractions
14Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,14850%32$383$23,7433Cinepix
15The World's End$1,045-21%9-7$116$25,983,59212Focus
16The Heat$1,034-60%28-14$37$159,533,33220Fox
17Big Sur$822-36%5-8$164$30,6802Ketchup Entertainment
18The Spectacular Now$733-52%12-6$61$6,847,07815A24
19Romeo and Juliet (2013)$481-46%21-1$23$1,125,2865Relativity Media
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$159-57%1-4$159$52,7047Rialto Pictures