'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, Jan. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$1,770,895-16%2,663--$665$52,501,0451Universal
2Lone Survivor$1,359,995-12%2,989114$455$79,639,0214Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$1,029,374-20%3,387--$304$20,344,4591Paramount
4American Hustle$765,424-8%2,204-425$347$119,194,8986Sony / Columbia
5The Nut Job$725,363-17%3,427--$212$27,304,1431Open Road
6August: Osage County$687,889-8%2,0511146$335$20,829,7524Weinstein Company
7Frozen (2013)$675,281-10%2,979-260$227$338,125,3859Disney
8The Wolf of Wall Street$602,150-11%1,930-591$312$92,422,8274Paramount
9Her (2013)$341,114-7%1,7290$197$16,540,9135Warner Bros.
10Devil's Due$307,454-20%2,544--$121$9,835,9331Fox
11Saving Mr. Banks$305,372-11%2,449-222$125$76,762,7646Disney
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$247,274-23%1,815-1260$136$249,928,4686Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$227,431-6%2,1040$108$15,600,0172Lionsgate / Summit
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$151,716-11%1,731-1281$88$122,832,0315Paramount
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$147,604-9%1,328-434$111$418,329,7569Lionsgate
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$90,936-12%1,037-1547$88$55,641,2764Fox
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$81,183-19%1,569-1314$52$31,716,6863Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$154,266-2%944789$163$259,029,27716Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$146,586-7%761647$193$41,377,45614Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$142,8492%505-102$283$24,595,3879Weinstein Company
4Nebraska$102,8706%408-113$252$10,061,55110Paramount Vantage
5Dallas Buyers Club$91,681-9%419294$219$18,231,45012Focus
6Inside Llewyn Davis$79,5492%585-144$136$11,397,0707CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$52,123-8%9030$58$105,877,21315Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$37,730-37%343-1016$110$37,764,8604Universal
9The Book Thief$27,240-9%190-113$143$20,275,06911Fox
10Walking With Dinosaurs$15,257-17%454-885$34$34,436,3385Fox
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$15,094-19%256-8$59$118,586,34217Sony / Columbia
12Grudge Match$14,936-2%408-1597$37$29,120,4034Warner Bros.
13Last Vegas$13,2904%194-46$69$63,652,14512CBS Films
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,703-19%122-241$71$8,022,4558Weinstein Company
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$8,144-2%154-38$53$101,995,29513Paramount
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,548-12%391-649$17$52,270,3586Lionsgate
17Free Birds$6,103-17%199-33$31$55,335,73912Relativity Media
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,696-1%119-17$48$116,555,98723Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Knights of Badassdom$6,108-67%13--$470$24,5690eOne Films US
2All Is Lost$4,83216%62-7$78$6,201,17814Roadside Attractions
3Out of the Furnace$4,617-6%9760$48$11,282,8717Relativity Media
4Contempt (2013 re-issue)$94823%2--$474$42,29520Rialto Pictures
5Indigo Children$110900%1--$110$2,0811Striped Entertainment
6Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$55-46%10$55$4,9462Anchor Bay Films