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, Dec. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$15,207,908-40%3,7423741$4,064$93,933,2262Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$14,207,894-50%4,1630$3,413$296,295,6572Lionsgate
3Thor: The Dark World$2,146,186-52%3,286-427$653$186,705,0864Disney
4Homefront$1,572,101-42%2,570--$612$9,740,4191Open Road
5The Best Man Holiday$1,459,450-56%1,717-324$850$63,088,4753Universal
6Delivery Man$1,323,014-52%3,0360$436$19,356,3832Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$1,075,101-43%1,2341164$871$7,864,9204Fox
8Black Nativity$618,845-58%1,516--$408$4,779,7231Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$513,145-53%1,854-1072$277$58,598,6725CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$488,496-47%1,165-309$419$33,155,2427Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$471,382-53%1,016-829$464$249,699,0499Warner Bros.
12Free Birds$353,768-45%2,287-784$155$53,266,9095Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$299,630-60%1,503-1122$199$98,779,6296Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$899,601-38%835831$1,077$4,637,4192Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$522,175-47%69630$750$10,215,7045Focus
3Oldboy (2013)$220,698-32%583--$379$1,282,6651FilmDistrict
4Ender's Game$220,596-54%843-1192$262$59,381,2305Lionsgate / Summit
5Captain Phillips$197,234-56%807-849$244$102,723,9558Sony / Columbia
6Nebraska$169,854-39%10274$1,665$1,479,3313Paramount Vantage
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$87,813-40%707-414$124$115,033,80910Sony / Columbia
8About Time$79,445-47%331-719$240$14,663,6585Universal
9Despicable Me 2$67,750-50%271-24$250$366,932,48022Universal
10All Is Lost$46,573-39%154-193$302$5,306,1457Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$24,926-50%121-112$206$17,194,87611Fox Searchlight
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$21,942-48%163-22$135$68,239,40117Fox
13Prisoners$21,074-45%203-52$104$60,962,87811Warner Bros.
14We're the Millers$19,543-53%164-31$119$150,368,97117Warner Bros. / New Line
15Insidious: Chapter 2$18,391-53%140-45$131$83,458,69212FilmDistrict
16The Family (2013)$12,907-41%1304$99$36,809,72612Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$10,235-49%141-126$73$24,555,7597Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$18,017-30%68-12$265$44,407,42114Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$16,913-54%4--$4,228$84,2831Weinstein Company
3Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$11,467-45%56-56$205$325,8842Reliance Entertainment
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,660-51%71-53$122$115,641,17716Weinstein Company
5The Counselor$7,213-40%78-51$92$16,856,8986Fox
6Don Jon$6,703-14%26-10$258$24,297,89310Relativity Media
7In a World...$1,349-27%5-4$270$2,962,54217Roadside Attractions
8Runner Runner$1,260-27%23-15$55$19,312,4809Fox
9Reaching for the Moon$1,240-21%4-6$310$43,8384Wolfe Releasing
10The World's End$1,092-29%60$182$26,003,14915Focus
11Contempt (2013 re-issue)$47693%1--$476$33,23313Rialto Pictures
12Grace Unplugged$25427%4-6$64$2,507,1069Roadside Attractions
13Linsanity$180-59%32$60$285,2479Ketchup Entertainment
14Big Sur$8468%21$42$34,7905Ketchup Entertainment
15Romeo and Juliet (2013)$49-78%120$4$1,161,0898Relativity Media