'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, Jan. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$4,785,996-40%3,318-17$1,442$296,691,7297Disney
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$3,906,696-41%3,730-198$1,047$229,059,6424Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Wolf of Wall Street$3,363,989-40%2,55720$1,316$63,125,4672Paramount
4Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$3,127,361-52%2,867--$1,091$18,343,6111Paramount
5American Hustle$2,726,126-51%2,51811$1,083$87,923,1234Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,286,867-49%3,407-100$671$108,713,4723Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$1,893,807-51%2,1100$898$58,958,2804Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$1,738,777-50%2,92213$595$45,470,9542Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,562,147-49%2,143-172$729$407,139,6997Lionsgate
1047 Ronin$1,331,555-37%2,6901$495$32,687,6802Universal
11Grudge Match$1,202,454-48%2,85618$421$24,835,4802Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$963,565-37%2,560-683$376$31,344,1853Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$529,569-61%1,474-314$359$50,227,2774Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$232,384-52%1,01035$230$7,061,5876Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$138,190-40%1,0370$133$5,962,9822Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$359,457-47%607-120$592$19,586,3117Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$275,779-44%156-5$1,768$6,890,8055CBS Films
3Nebraska$154,314-47%240-10$643$7,003,2968Paramount Vantage
4Gravity$117,443-43%165-10$712$255,621,66714Warner Bros.
5The Book Thief$116,446-50%329-152$354$19,091,8199Fox
6Thor: The Dark World$105,266-49%291-28$362$203,449,2049Disney
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$100,670-44%278-25$362$117,614,23715Sony / Columbia
812 Years a Slave$83,275-44%151-3$551$38,472,08612Fox Searchlight
9Dallas Buyers Club$75,620-44%1284$591$16,300,84310Focus
10Dhoom 3$69,498-53%138-82$504$7,846,8723Yash Raj Films
11Free Birds$50,059-41%25310$198$54,894,52510Relativity Media
12Ender's Game$49,161-48%242-7$203$61,656,84910Lionsgate / Summit
13Last Vegas$45,238-48%25736$176$63,112,31810CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$42,518-43%220-37$193$101,625,44411Paramount
15Captain Phillips$29,161-46%105-6$278$104,834,73413Sony / Columbia
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$22,503-51%13399$169$116,293,66221Weinstein Company
17Despicable Me 2$21,140-50%151-14$140$367,956,73527Universal
18The Best Man Holiday$20,150-60%13010$155$70,492,6858Universal
19Delivery Man$18,759-58%1459$129$29,866,4387Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$204,002-35%470$4,340$2,987,7413Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$42,003-27%50$8,401$481,6842Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$26,797-23%20$13,399$326,6852Universal
4Escape Plan$12,202-44%84-23$145$25,063,55512Lionsgate / Summit
5All Is Lost$10,253-54%714$144$6,047,20712Roadside Attractions
6Out of the Furnace$6,137-38%59-43$104$11,187,5365Relativity Media
7Enough Said$5,232-49%23-4$227$17,497,66916Fox Searchlight
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,698-46%39-14$120$68,518,21022Fox
9Don Jon$907-24%21-10$43$24,475,19315Relativity Media
10The Family (2013)$595-54%19-10$31$36,917,73017Relativity Media
11Black Nativity$527-74%15-9$35$7,012,3166Fox Searchlight