'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 Fri, May. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$35,167,017--4,324--$8,133$35,167,0171Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$4,805,726157%3,23833$1,484$37,951,1982Fox
3Heaven is for Real$2,431,707149%2,930225$830$59,334,1163Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$2,099,784147%3,179-441$661$231,480,9955Disney
5Rio 2$1,744,517233%3,314-389$526$100,614,7934Fox
6Brick Mansions$1,107,993151%2,6470$419$13,045,3092Relativity Media
7The Quiet Ones$677,890251%2,0270$334$5,438,9222Lionsgate
8Divergent$622,484225%1,639-427$380$141,109,2107Lionsgate / Summit
9God's Not Dead$511,869102%1,330-270$385$54,307,2717Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Draft Day$401,317116%1,354-726$296$25,445,0844Lionsgate / Summit
12Transcendence$341,96420%1,775-1680$193$20,535,1743Warner Bros.
13A Haunted House 2$321,26469%1,328-982$242$15,370,0593Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$477,867107%884-137$541$50,249,2999Fox Searchlight
2Oculus$247,70775%884-997$280$26,188,9734Relativity Media
4RoboCop (2014)$138,437--23184$599$58,051,50112Sony / Columbia
5The Railway Man$134,459145%1648$820$1,261,2574Weinstein Company
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$94,369325%410-58$230$108,239,4709Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The LEGO Movie$54,376198%220-83$247$252,932,34013Warner Bros.
8Non-Stop (2014)$44,785176%218-34$205$90,608,45510Universal
9The Monuments Men$34,208--145-21$236$77,767,17513Sony / Columbia
10300: Rise of an Empire$33,46240%235-90$142$105,948,5979Warner Bros.
11The Nut Job$10,38399%101-59$103$64,199,40516Open Road
12Son of God$8,0977%126-85$64$59,607,98010Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 States$51,862169%96-41$540$1,895,1483UTV Motion Pictures
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,43231%370$1,012$1,229,1295Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Belle$30,728--4--$7,682$30,7281Fox Searchlight
4Blue Ruin$22,003--60--$367$69,8612RADiUS-TWC
5Walk of Shame$14,029--51--$275$14,0291Focus World
6Cesar Chavez$10,74420%9752$111$5,519,5266Lionsgate / Pantelion
73 Days to Kill$8,41894%64-21$132$30,636,72811Relativity Media
8Joe (2014)$7,63178%39-2$196$322,5854Roadside Attractions
9Dom Hemingway$7,101-23%47-72$151$478,5995Fox Searchlight
10Sabotage (2014)$6,00959%60-15$100$10,453,8736Open Road
11Bad Words$5,73125%40-74$143$7,706,5968Focus
12Gravity$5,47153%65-40$84$274,071,09131Warner Bros.
13Decoding Annie Parker$4,655--13--$358$4,6551eOne Films US
14Godzilla: The Japanese Original$4,003448%98$445$27,1433Rialto Pictures
15Philomena$2,52093%22-11$115$37,683,87224Weinstein Company
16Watermark$1,059-63%11-5$96$72,4085eOne Films US
17Gloria (2014)$95687%90$106$2,095,97815Roadside Attractions
18Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$702-45%1-1$702$38,56713Rialto Pictures
19August: Osage County$328-52%3-4$109$37,737,67719Weinstein Company
20The Unknown Known$308-77%15-7$21$260,7965RADiUS-TWC
21Gabrielle (2014)$48-14%10$48$4,9483eOne Films US