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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Nov. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$16,761,42759%3,8410$4,364$135,797,0112Disney
2The Best Man Holiday$12,265,99515%2,024--$6,060$22,952,7151Universal
3Free Birds$3,925,184121%3,510-226$1,118$39,620,0713Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$3,908,07355%3,237155$1,207$44,514,4453CBS Films
5Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$3,392,63148%3,1903$1,064$88,209,7104Paramount
6Gravity$2,942,05872%2,560-160$1,149$238,931,3377Warner Bros.
7Ender's Game$2,781,20861%3,236-171$859$52,088,4853Lionsgate / Summit
8Captain Phillips$2,089,89363%2,626-20$796$96,488,7916Sony / Columbia
912 Years a Slave$2,085,39256%1,411267$1,478$23,672,6815Fox Searchlight
10About Time$1,491,02540%1,28080$1,165$10,665,4733Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$979,832157%1,645-191$596$112,428,1918Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$783,23756%184149$4,257$2,545,3673Focus
2All Is Lost$414,55553%48384$858$3,988,2045Roadside Attractions
3Carrie (2013)$259,29850%933-579$278$34,903,0705Sony / Screen Gems
4Enough Said$250,79581%393-36$638$16,472,0339Fox Searchlight
5Escape Plan$244,09560%687-362$355$23,970,3185Lionsgate / Summit
6Despicable Me 2$208,925108%305-5$685$365,835,24520Universal
7The Counselor$156,50547%481-541$325$16,494,8984Fox
8Prisoners$110,32056%355130$311$60,522,8949Warner Bros.
9We're the Millers$104,00760%303-55$343$149,973,82815Warner Bros. / New Line
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$75,294108%215-1$350$67,882,70815Fox
11Elysium$52,32957%181-11$289$92,915,94415Sony / TriStar
12Insidious: Chapter 2$47,52367%167-62$285$83,166,30310FilmDistrict
13Rush (2013)$45,19560%131-33$345$26,882,0949Universal
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$44,86654%176-38$255$115,447,01414Weinstein Company
15Baggage Claim$31,18687%108-27$289$21,458,7228Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$194,60392%2925$6,710$439,5852Fox
2Nebraska$59,74368%4--$14,936$95,2791Paramount Vantage
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$56,10874%55-19$1,020$2,274,2975High Top Releasing
4Grown Ups 2$26,62085%91-20$293$133,654,87119Sony / Columbia
5Don Jon$26,41139%48-44$550$24,178,8958Relativity Media
6The Smurfs 2$22,841155%88-6$260$71,001,72216Sony / Columbia
7Diana$22,33334%83-17$269$282,1163eOne Films US
8Turbo$18,351145%53-9$346$82,917,41218Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Wolverine$18,21588%65-12$280$132,472,41017Fox
10Instructions Not Included$13,869113%47-5$295$44,228,63512Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Pulling Strings$11,77271%760$155$5,820,0387Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Runner Runner$10,16438%76-43$134$19,279,4677Fox
13The Family (2013)$5,71636%30-27$191$36,645,12210Relativity Media
14In a World...$5,54872%9-9$616$2,940,50315Roadside Attractions
15Grace Unplugged$5,20448%29-8$179$2,495,5287Roadside Attractions
16The Heat$4,54662%27-1$168$159,543,30621Fox
17Reaching for the Moon$3,98874%20$1,994$28,7882Wolfe Releasing
18Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,311-40%298$114$1,141,1326Relativity Media
19The World's End$1,70245%8-1$213$25,988,81413Focus
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,64512%30$548$56,6088Rialto Pictures
21Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,35990%2-1$680$27,7214Cinepix
22The Spectacular Now$486-10%8-4$61$6,849,72316A24
23Big Sur$266-25%1-4$266$33,4163Ketchup Entertainment