'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, May. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$32,160,363-16%3,952--$8,138$70,570,9701Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$10,083,61518%3,31132$3,045$84,136,2902Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$7,388,73462%3,991-333$1,851$167,306,7623Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$4,315,91124%3,019--$1,430$7,783,9151Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$2,662,75030%3,054-252$872$70,079,0424Fox
6Heaven is for Real$1,822,80445%2,893-155$630$80,932,5605Sony / TriStar
7Rio 2$1,679,04094%2,371-602$708$116,796,3626Fox
8Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,621,78159%2,271-430$714$249,510,4247Disney
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$874,58687%2,578-80$339$5,950,4382Clarius Entertainment
10Moms' Night Out$728,81817%1,0462$697$6,777,0762Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$518,22649%991-242$523$146,490,3299Lionsgate / Summit
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$460,18154%630-140$730$55,195,81611Fox Searchlight
3Belle$407,25560%173128$2,354$1,489,1673Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$305,97244%780-220$392$58,705,2589Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The LEGO Movie$238,40189%355-46$672$254,182,33715Warner Bros.
6Brick Mansions$219,06450%724-1230$303$19,468,8814Relativity Media
7Draft Day$162,60250%495-325$328$28,294,3046Lionsgate / Summit
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$140,38899%319-38$440$109,209,25311Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10300: Rise of an Empire$136,452173%155-36$880$106,393,34411Warner Bros.
11The Railway Man$135,54955%1832$741$2,667,1526Weinstein Company
12Non-Stop (2014)$132,990112%220-16$605$91,366,90012Universal
13Transcendence$117,49057%315-200$373$22,548,3715Warner Bros.
15The Quiet Ones$74,76442%341-792$219$8,323,7144Lionsgate
16A Haunted House 2$43,40382%124-402$350$17,034,4755Open Road
17Oculus$34,83939%140-270$249$27,409,7176Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$314,00057%7266$4,361$796,8722Open Road
2Fed Up$73,29846%55--$1,333$308,7962RADiUS-TWC
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$48,550-17%371$1,312$1,797,9117Warner Bros. / IMAX
4RoboCop (2014)$34,755150%81-65$429$58,553,93014Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$24,48749%94-28$261$78,019,07415Sony / Columbia
6The Immigrant$18,66058%3--$6,220$30,5021Weinstein Company
72 States$15,54863%32-27$486$2,210,8225UTV Motion Pictures
8Bad Words$9,34259%8354$113$7,758,21810Focus
9The Hornet's Nest$8,179-6%1713$481$47,3692Freestyle Releasing
10Blue Ruin$3,57920%24-37$149$236,3834RADiUS-TWC
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$3,31542%8-11$414$116,0805Rialto Pictures
12Son of God$3,00622%46-22$65$59,678,74812Fox
13Philomena$1,33540%9-4$148$37,706,29226Weinstein Company
14Joe (2014)$97479%10-13$97$371,0826Roadside Attractions
15The Unknown Known$32998%3-3$110$266,7067RADiUS-TWC