'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, Apr. 16 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Heaven is for Real$3,703,141--2,417--$1,532$3,703,1410Sony / TriStar
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$3,524,058-25%3,9380$895$170,596,7452Disney
3Rio 2$3,032,294-29%3,948--$768$49,288,0981Fox
4Oculus$870,306-24%2,648--$329$14,969,0401Relativity Media
5Draft Day$828,718-34%2,781--$298$12,734,8861Lionsgate / Summit
6Divergent$776,429-23%3,110-521$250$127,209,5934Lionsgate / Summit
8God's Not Dead$609,724-22%1,860102$328$42,847,1434Freestyle / Pure Flix
9The Grand Budapest Hotel$507,413-16%1,467204$346$41,009,4926Fox Searchlight
10Muppets Most Wanted$358,064-30%2,026-1026$177$46,870,3084Disney
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$261,456-32%1,577-1354$166$106,112,7776Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$68,895-25%610-740$113$251,779,67210Warner Bros.
2Non-Stop (2014)$67,240-35%640-1084$105$89,697,1457Universal
3Bad Words$56,899-40%763-311$75$7,346,4415Focus
4Need For Speed$56,266-35%558-1221$101$42,276,4805Disney / DreamWorks
5Sabotage (2014)$50,004-14%751-1735$67$10,228,2583Open Road
6300: Rise of an Empire$49,997-31%525-1030$95$105,194,6816Warner Bros.
7Son of God$46,646-17%808327$58$59,117,6757Fox
8Frozen (2013)$41,669-14%34423$121$399,571,60421Disney
9Cesar Chavez$27,440-30%305-359$90$5,281,5653Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Nut Job$27,190-2%261-24$104$63,873,70813Open Road
11Gravity$16,177-19%202-53$80$273,888,86528Warner Bros.
12Ride Along$14,160-6%177-59$80$134,185,67013Universal
13Frankie & Alice$11,407-29%1710$67$635,4402Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
14Philomena$8,726-8%157-40$56$37,599,69321Weinstein Company
15Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$6,707-28%135-290$50$15,873,3255Lionsgate
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,8226%101-29$28$258,363,10418Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 16 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$50,8409%370$1,374$573,6312Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$11,697-12%48--$244$141,5291Roadside Attractions
3The Unknown Known$10,7337%80--$134$180,9962RADiUS-TWC
4Dom Hemingway$8,381-12%4238$200$145,9602Fox Searchlight
5The Railway Man$7,008-3%4--$1,752$81,6991Weinstein Company
6Cuban Fury$6,651-14%79--$84$77,3261eOne Films US
712 Years a Slave$4,686-18%64-64$73$56,581,91726Fox Searchlight
83 Days to Kill$4,505-9%83-48$54$30,468,0898Relativity Media
9Ernest & Celestine$4,46731%3915$115$222,9017GKIDS
10Gloria (2014)$4,23461%247$176$2,074,17612Roadside Attractions
11Her (2013)$2,929-4%38-47$77$25,564,63917Warner Bros.
12Dallas Buyers Club$1,941-22%33-19$59$27,278,10824Focus
13Watermark$1,096-1%31$365$22,9092eOne Films US
14Veronica Mars$910-36%23-51$40$3,313,3915Warner Bros.
15August: Osage County$781-69%27-15$29$37,722,35216Weinstein Company
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$78-42%10$78$29,65510Rialto Pictures