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 Sun, Jan. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$5,159,330-47%2,75996$1,870$75,544,8052Universal
2The Nut Job$3,727,096-36%3,47245$1,073$40,056,3632Open Road
3Lone Survivor$3,430,770-42%3,162173$1,085$93,914,9215Universal
4Frozen (2013)$2,853,978-32%2,757-222$1,035$347,899,01110Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,300,037-45%3,3870$679$30,452,8202Paramount
6I, Frankenstein$2,269,966-35%2,753--$825$8,610,4411Lionsgate
7American Hustle$1,777,039-47%2,304100$771$127,000,4297Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$1,549,709-37%1,804-126$859$98,508,8225Paramount
9August: Osage County$1,407,860-36%2,411360$584$26,514,5315Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$651,598-47%2,5440$256$12,922,3042Fox
11The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$645,850-35%1,285-530$503$252,326,3387Warner Bros. / New Line
12Her (2013)$621,317-39%1,325-404$469$19,179,7266Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$582,749-36%1,231470$473$43,560,13315Fox Searchlight
14Gravity$575,378-40%1,260316$457$261,208,96217Warner Bros.
15Dallas Buyers Club$565,744-38%1,110691$510$20,357,27713Focus
16Saving Mr. Banks$542,239-43%1,660-789$327$79,158,3107Disney
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$394,215-47%1,051-277$375$420,021,91710Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$370,908-33%1,371-733$271$17,045,0363Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$459,033-33%968560$474$11,720,40011Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$344,399-24%5050$682$25,814,48310Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$187,469-52%824-907$228$123,803,3396Paramount
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$179,429-36%385--$466$689,0701Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$146,156-49%540-497$271$56,342,6805Fox
6Inside Llewyn Davis$138,108-42%289-296$478$11,995,9908CBS Films
7Walking With Dinosaurs$80,969-29%330-124$245$34,691,5636Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$80,053-39%242-14$331$118,870,50518Sony / Columbia
9Captain Phillips$78,669-45%302-601$260$106,244,15116Sony / Columbia
10Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$69,001-50%527-1042$131$32,098,4954Paramount
1147 Ronin$65,725-42%239-104$275$38,055,8405Universal
12The Book Thief$56,454-39%1977$287$20,513,76212Fox
13Free Birds$31,189-30%171-28$182$55,435,49013Relativity Media
14Grudge Match$28,461-33%244-164$117$29,236,2935Warner Bros.
15Last Vegas$22,554-41%159-35$142$63,749,94213CBS Films
16Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$16,220-20%102-20$159$8,079,8719Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$11,910-53%132-259$90$52,327,4367Lionsgate
18Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,679-47%101-18$86$116,597,28624Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$17,782-28%3--$5,927$56,4541Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$5,734-38%74-23$77$11,308,9018Relativity Media
3All Is Lost$5,255-27%30-32$175$6,223,97315Roadside Attractions
4Knights of Badassdom$2,878-58%13--$221$46,7631eOne Films US