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 Wed, Dec. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$8,103,172--3,450--$2,349$8,103,1720Paramount
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$4,855,421-23%3,903--$1,244$90,998,2531Warner Bros. / New Line
3Frozen (2013)$1,790,607-12%3,615-127$495$170,193,8884Disney
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,243,105-18%3,563-600$349$361,589,9634Lionsgate
5Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$809,906-23%2,194--$369$18,858,9271Lionsgate
6Thor: The Dark World$273,905-20%1,923-1151$142$199,163,7326Disney
7Out of the Furnace$232,592-27%2,1010$111$10,415,5692Relativity Media
8Homefront$148,236-42%1,250-1320$119$19,117,8443Open Road
9Delivery Man$139,596-38%1,502-1403$93$28,665,6474Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$255,924-7%8350$306$11,852,7004Weinstein Company
2The Book Thief$202,685-24%987-329$205$15,627,5376Fox
3Dallas Buyers Club$110,685-21%478-256$232$14,677,2907Focus
4Nebraska$109,328-8%250137$437$3,710,7635Paramount Vantage
5The Best Man Holiday$83,750-21%670-907$125$69,324,2655Universal
612 Years a Slave$77,113-23%414-668$186$36,635,5369Fox Searchlight
7Gravity$76,769-27%503-397$153$253,052,84211Warner Bros.
8Last Vegas$48,771-34%726-813$67$61,948,8497CBS Films
9Captain Phillips$30,171-15%323-317$93$104,116,94110Sony / Columbia
10Ender's Game$20,980-21%331-277$63$60,595,3067Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$19,928-12%263116$76$5,770,6429Roadside Attractions
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$16,452-41%456-701$36$100,640,0328Paramount
13Despicable Me 2$13,78012%212-40$65$367,391,86024Universal
14About Time$13,195-23%120-146$110$15,240,1037Universal
15Escape Plan$11,187-21%16786$67$24,758,1739Lionsgate / Summit
16Black Nativity$9,248-48%146-1379$63$6,920,6213Fox Searchlight
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$7,7111%175-137$44$115,434,19912Sony / Columbia
18Free Birds$7,399-55%283-919$26$54,011,7997Relativity Media
19Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,685-2%123-17$30$68,388,57719Fox
20Oldboy (2013)$3,641-35%151-432$24$2,176,9473FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$88,787-12%6--$14,798$1,039,4051Sony / Columbia
2Her (2013)$58,423--6--$9,737$58,4230Warner Bros.
3Saving Mr. Banks$50,595-7%15--$3,373$574,6991Disney
4Inside Llewyn Davis$35,5972%1511$2,373$1,018,7732CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,326154%40$2,082$256,4933Weinstein Company
6Enough Said$5,85319%72-22$81$17,379,07913Fox Searchlight
7Don Jon$5,6035%92-33$61$24,439,22612Relativity Media
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,844-3%61-946$63$116,109,87618Weinstein Company
9Insidious: Chapter 2$2,790-11%99-23$28$83,583,30714FilmDistrict
10The Counselor$2,537-17%60-11$42$16,930,8848Fox
11The Family (2013)$2,220-1%56-40$40$36,894,22514Relativity Media