'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 Sat, Jan. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$9,822,05555%2,75996$3,560$70,385,4752Universal
2Lone Survivor$5,865,51063%3,162173$1,855$90,484,1515Universal
3The Nut Job$5,821,019128%3,47245$1,677$36,329,2672Open Road
4Frozen (2013)$4,222,805107%2,757-222$1,532$345,045,03310Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$4,189,64061%3,3870$1,237$28,152,7832Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$3,473,50321%2,753--$1,262$6,340,4751Lionsgate
7American Hustle$3,331,45371%2,304100$1,446$125,223,3907Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$2,451,86866%1,804-126$1,359$96,959,1135Paramount
9August: Osage County$2,184,49252%2,411360$906$25,106,6715Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$1,224,56935%2,5440$481$12,270,7062Fox
11Her (2013)$1,011,48554%1,325-404$763$18,558,4096Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,001,289100%1,285-530$779$251,680,4887Warner Bros. / New Line
13Gravity$957,53394%1,260316$760$260,633,58417Warner Bros.
14Saving Mr. Banks$956,56564%1,660-789$576$78,616,0717Disney
15Dallas Buyers Club$912,59866%1,110691$822$19,791,53313Focus
1612 Years a Slave$908,22068%1,231470$738$42,977,38415Fox Searchlight
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$748,09688%1,051-277$712$419,627,70210Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$553,56880%1,371-733$404$16,674,1283Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$682,30566%968560$705$11,261,36711Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$450,79561%5050$893$25,470,08410Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$387,74360%824-907$471$123,615,8706Paramount
4The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$284,47560%540-497$527$56,196,5245Fox
5Gimme Shelter (2014)$280,64723%385--$729$509,6411Roadside Attractions
6Inside Llewyn Davis$237,93082%289-296$823$11,857,8828CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$142,44957%302-601$472$106,165,48216Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$136,81744%527-1042$260$32,029,4944Paramount
9Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$131,590132%242-14$544$118,790,45218Sony / Columbia
10Walking With Dinosaurs$114,797150%330-124$348$34,610,5946Fox
1147 Ronin$113,52553%239-104$475$37,990,1155Universal
12The Book Thief$92,51350%1977$470$20,457,30812Fox
13Free Birds$44,781142%171-28$262$55,404,30113Relativity Media
14Grudge Match$42,69140%244-164$175$29,207,8325Warner Bros.
15Last Vegas$38,15762%159-35$240$63,727,38813CBS Films
16Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$25,413103%132-259$193$52,315,5267Lionsgate
17Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$20,34772%102-20$199$8,063,6519Weinstein Company
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$16,37850%101-18$162$116,588,60724Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$24,62875%3--$8,209$38,6721Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$9,24146%74-23$125$11,303,1678Relativity Media
3All Is Lost$7,19653%30-32$240$6,218,71815Roadside Attractions
4Knights of Badassdom$6,873-11%13--$529$43,8851eOne Films US