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 Sun, Dec. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$8,441,089-20%3,9280$2,149$189,501,2783Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$8,421,885-16%3,335-205$2,525$248,117,7956Disney
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$5,373,946-25%3,5070$1,532$83,179,5502Paramount
4The Wolf of Wall Street$5,303,082-22%2,537--$2,090$34,153,1371Paramount
5American Hustle$5,186,960-27%2,5070$2,069$59,169,1643Sony / Columbia
6Saving Mr. Banks$3,691,208-27%2,1100$1,749$37,276,1503Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,471,755-27%2,909--$1,193$25,360,4681Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,931,538-21%2,315-634$1,266$390,985,3226Lionsgate
947 Ronin$2,810,005-23%2,689--$1,045$20,612,5301Universal
10Walking With Dinosaurs$2,141,169-18%3,24312$660$20,944,4782Fox
11Grudge Match$1,937,436-28%2,838--$683$13,140,2151Warner Bros.
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,639,761-40%1,788-406$917$43,206,2703Lionsgate
13Justin Bieber's Believe$537,366-21%1,037--$518$4,270,0671Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$539,365-40%975971$553$4,550,2135Weinstein Company
2Philomena$522,952-24%727-11$719$16,444,9836Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$380,990-21%16113$2,366$4,619,6734CBS Films
4Dhoom 3$329,880-17%220-19$1,499$6,817,7732Yash Raj Films
5Nebraska$207,354-32%250-60$829$5,711,5367Paramount Vantage
6Thor: The Dark World$178,443-28%319-797$559$202,363,6108Disney
7The Book Thief$173,431-27%481-199$361$17,884,5868Fox
8Gravity$149,322-25%175-127$853$254,593,55413Warner Bros.
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$146,052-24%303-10$482$116,601,84714Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$109,714-25%154-147$712$37,798,96311Fox Searchlight
11Dallas Buyers Club$85,608-23%124-206$690$15,730,4889Focus
12Ender's Game$71,616-33%24962$288$61,170,5079Lionsgate / Summit
13Last Vegas$70,772-29%221-112$320$62,693,0019CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$69,044-23%257-21$269$101,263,07110Paramount
15Free Birds$66,863-23%24359$275$54,434,9069Relativity Media
16The Best Man Holiday$48,600-45%120-231$405$70,249,9507Universal
17Captain Phillips$40,051-28%111-61$361$104,568,72312Sony / Columbia
18Despicable Me 2$35,475-28%165-32$215$367,736,34526Universal
19Delivery Man$35,087-21%136-527$258$29,647,3986Disney / DreamWorks
20Escape Plan$21,192-21%107-31$198$24,956,83811Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$11,257-31%102-626$110$11,121,7884Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$211,423-13%4741$4,498$1,541,9942Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$55,982-15%5--$11,196$179,3021Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$30,285-10%2--$15,143$153,8391Universal
4All Is Lost$19,328-18%67-16$288$5,947,56111Roadside Attractions
5Homefront$18,763-29%75-600$250$20,097,9285Open Road
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$7,333-29%53-32$138$68,470,83021Fox
7Enough Said$6,878-31%27-15$255$17,454,74615Fox Searchlight
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,997-38%34-9$176$116,170,29720Weinstein Company
9Black Nativity$2,781-45%24-39$116$7,000,8565Fox Searchlight
10The Family (2013)$2,00754%290$69$36,910,65616Relativity Media
11Oldboy (2013)$1,291-35%210$61$2,189,1825FilmDistrict
12Don Jon$1,191-27%31-1$38$24,468,31414Relativity Media