'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, Mar. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Divergent$5,941,364-49%3,9360$1,509$94,379,5862Lionsgate / Summit
3Muppets Most Wanted$3,304,976-38%3,1940$1,035$33,116,8172Disney
4God's Not Dead$2,811,012-23%1,178398$2,386$21,750,6842Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,562,789-40%3,299-308$777$94,479,4484Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$1,361,244-35%2,486--$548$5,272,4441Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$1,138,146-40%2,601-484$438$101,054,7044Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$1,088,531-44%2,705-410$402$37,644,2373Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$929,890-51%2,515-430$370$85,091,0605Universal
10The LEGO Movie$870,878-39%2,001-500$435$248,216,7808Warner Bros.
11Son of God$358,732-19%1,277-862$281$57,854,9435Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$262,244-51%1,139-757$230$14,999,9353Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$2,227,395-43%977673$2,280$24,171,6104Fox Searchlight
2Cesar Chavez$854,295-13%664--$1,287$2,861,5281Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Bad Words$644,441-44%842755$765$3,478,8763Focus
4Frozen (2013)$102,256-35%387-682$264$398,391,61119Disney
5The Monuments Men$96,901-53%501-437$193$76,588,2488Sony / Columbia
6The Nut Job$84,121-42%294-41$286$63,106,25511Open Road
7Ride Along$68,270-55%360-290$190$133,659,26511Universal
83 Days to Kill$48,569-52%340-412$143$30,233,9786Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$39,777-42%210-137$189$3,182,5763Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$33,861-46%228-294$149$56,378,41024Fox Searchlight
11Gravity$30,777-45%135-67$228$273,312,63926Warner Bros.
12Philomena$27,866-44%202-95$138$37,325,12419Weinstein Company
13RoboCop (2014)$26,935-40%168-160$160$57,279,4237Sony / Columbia
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$26,869-44%185-39$145$258,206,25316Warner Bros. / New Line
15Pompeii$24,908-40%162-39$154$22,970,5436Sony / TriStar
16American Hustle$23,282-55%188-93$124$150,017,42116Sony / Columbia
17Lone Survivor$22,275-47%165-46$135$124,964,47614Universal
18The Wolf of Wall Street$19,816-52%134-81$148$116,866,72714Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$16,591-42%158-53$105$424,645,57719Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$16,186-52%107-21$151$50,549,10711Paramount
21Her (2013)$13,736-33%11037$125$25,459,68715Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1About Last Night$16,575-53%91-123$182$48,419,4307Sony / Screen Gems
2Dallas Buyers Club$12,547-55%99-79$127$27,191,66622Focus
3Ernest & Celestine$11,028-19%125$919$128,8695GKIDS
4August: Osage County$8,970-37%81-60$111$37,672,09814Weinstein Company
5That Awkward Moment$8,310-56%68-25$122$26,049,0829Focus
6Walking With Dinosaurs$6,299-19%42-17$150$36,051,81715Fox
7Gloria (2014)$5,962-35%36-14$166$2,025,38610Roadside Attractions
8Stalingrad (2014)$4,034-7%6653$61$1,004,1425Sony / Columbia
9Winter's Tale$3,278-40%85-59$39$12,591,6607Warner Bros.
10Vampire Academy$1,494-52%24-11$62$7,785,9568Weinstein Company
11Blood Ties$75616%5-23$151$41,2292Roadside Attractions
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$149-79%21$75$26,0048Rialto Pictures