'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, Apr. 12 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$17,734,35549%3,9380$4,503$147,209,2672Disney
2Rio 2$15,473,22929%3,948--$3,919$27,480,5961Fox
3Oculus$4,378,082-12%2,648--$1,653$9,344,9811Relativity Media
4Draft Day$3,815,9857%2,781--$1,372$7,375,1771Lionsgate / Summit
5Divergent$3,203,85241%3,110-521$1,030$122,848,7884Lionsgate / Summit
7God's Not Dead$2,146,44035%1,860102$1,154$39,096,4914Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,821,08854%1,467204$1,241$38,425,1196Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$993,11978%2,261-791$439$45,028,4524Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$834,83177%2,001-930$417$104,695,3156Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$342,55555%762-962$450$89,267,8407Universal
2Need For Speed$313,47349%613-1166$511$41,918,1735Disney / DreamWorks
3Bad Words$264,72545%763-311$347$6,977,8215Focus
4The LEGO Movie$216,11080%610-740$354$251,395,07510Warner Bros.
5Frozen (2013)$186,38692%34423$542$399,343,65821Disney
6300: Rise of an Empire$184,68142%525-1030$352$104,894,5556Warner Bros.
7Sabotage (2014)$147,24646%751-1735$196$9,956,4903Open Road
8Son of God$114,32867%905424$126$58,854,8837Fox
9Cesar Chavez$104,51727%305-359$343$5,087,9123Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Nut Job$79,12167%261-24$303$63,739,29213Open Road
11The Monuments Men$75,34739%265-43$284$77,211,57510Sony / Columbia
12Ride Along$64,52552%177-59$365$134,103,47513Universal
13RoboCop (2014)$60,94956%19476$314$57,496,0619Sony / Columbia
14Frankie & Alice$56,70550%1710$332$557,3412Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
15Gravity$56,67346%202-53$281$273,799,85528Warner Bros.
16Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$39,93467%135-290$296$15,830,2765Lionsgate
17Philomena$23,54148%157-40$150$37,561,71221Weinstein Company
18The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$12,33466%101-29$122$258,347,72218Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$49,7126%370$1,344$405,4752Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$45,12753%48--$940$74,6321Roadside Attractions
3Dom Hemingway$30,26845%4238$721$100,9652Fox Searchlight
4The Unknown Known$27,39153%80--$342$133,6612RADiUS-TWC
5The Railway Man$26,53047%4--$6,633$44,6081Weinstein Company
6Cuban Fury$24,50738%79--$310$42,2211eOne Films US
73 Days to Kill$17,26831%83-48$208$30,446,3318Relativity Media
8Pompeii$16,91456%93-41$182$23,155,7398Sony / TriStar
912 Years a Slave$13,79046%64-64$215$56,558,15626Fox Searchlight
10Ernest & Celestine$10,418112%3915$267$202,9157GKIDS
11Dallas Buyers Club$7,71660%33-19$234$27,267,11224Focus
12Her (2013)$7,32561%38-47$193$25,551,43017Warner Bros.
13Afflicted$7,0339%34-10$207$116,3462CBS Films
14About Last Night$6,41077%26-18$247$48,497,0509Sony / Screen Gems
15Gloria (2014)$4,84094%247$202$2,060,39412Roadside Attractions
16August: Osage County$3,60771%27-15$134$37,716,12316Weinstein Company
17Veronica Mars$3,55430%23-51$155$3,307,5875Warner Bros.
18Watermark$2,431-39%31$810$18,3332eOne Films US
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$23581%1-2$235$29,21010Rialto Pictures