'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 Fri, Nov. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$70,950,136--4,163--$17,043$70,950,1361Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$4,041,487141%3,713-128$1,088$157,762,3083Disney
3The Best Man Holiday$3,816,670169%2,04117$1,870$41,686,2602Universal
4Delivery Man$2,769,167--3,036--$912$2,769,1671Disney / DreamWorks
5Last Vegas$1,317,499112%2,926-311$450$50,843,2484CBS Films
6Free Birds$1,097,175267%3,071-439$357$44,391,0404Relativity Media
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,071,504168%2,625-565$408$93,072,2695Paramount
8Gravity$891,965136%1,845-715$483$243,089,5698Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$803,774119%1,47463$545$27,397,0866Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$556,48588%2,035-1201$273$55,774,9584Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$533,84088%1,656-970$322$99,418,3087Sony / Columbia
12About Time$388,50084%1,050-230$370$12,961,5584Universal
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$142,98899%1,121-524$128$113,508,4139Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$774,443369%666482$1,163$4,461,3444Focus
2All Is Lost$99,60725%347-136$287$4,680,4456Roadside Attractions
3Despicable Me 2$79,650302%295-10$270$366,111,60521Universal
4Enough Said$64,21465%233-160$276$16,809,37510Fox Searchlight
5Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$62,302--112--$556$62,3021Reliance Entertainment
6Escape Plan$41,21645%267-420$154$24,366,7986Lionsgate / Summit
7Prisoners$39,021107%255-100$153$60,714,68810Warner Bros.
8We're the Millers$34,242109%195-108$176$150,128,37116Warner Bros. / New Line
9Insidious: Chapter 2$28,074675%18518$152$83,234,99611FilmDistrict
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$24,464220%185-30$132$67,980,38716Fox
11Carrie (2013)$23,274-7%210-723$111$35,218,6406Sony / Screen Gems
12The Family (2013)$18,512721%12696$147$36,675,10911Relativity Media
13The Counselor$18,321-32%129-352$142$16,753,1565Fox
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$16,85857%124-52$136$115,530,79515Weinstein Company
15Elysium$14,974--114-67$131$93,012,03216Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$150,499406%7041$2,150$848,3593Fox
2Nebraska$85,919619%2824$3,069$275,5322Paramount Vantage
3Frozen (2013)$66,498--1--$66,498$66,4981Disney
4Philomena$33,115--4--$8,279$33,1151Weinstein Company
5I'm in Love with a Church Girl$15,729102%17-38$925$2,344,9456High Top Releasing
6Instructions Not Included$12,306771%8033$154$44,259,48313Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Don Jon$9,04333%36-12$251$24,235,1539Relativity Media
8Baggage Claim$6,334125%46-62$138$21,487,6379Fox Searchlight
9Romeo and Juliet (2013)$2,94490%12-17$245$1,153,4697Relativity Media
10Diana$2,007-57%26-57$77$325,5884eOne Films US
11Grace Unplugged$1,981642%10-19$198$2,502,6298Roadside Attractions
12In a World...$1,979101%90$220$2,950,35516Roadside Attractions
13Runner Runner$1,953-27%38-38$51$19,299,4668Fox
14The World's End$1,31098%6-2$218$25,993,13314Focus
15The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$367--1-2$367$56,9759Rialto Pictures
16Reaching for the Moon$271-82%1-1$271$37,0873Wolfe Releasing
17Big Sur$39-73%10$39$34,1964Ketchup Entertainment