'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 Mon, May. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$7,672,038-66%3,952--$1,941$100,860,4221Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$2,567,675-60%3,31132$775$93,158,7752Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,521,853-69%3,991-333$381$173,691,7173Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$818,452-70%3,019--$271$11,334,1111Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$623,260-61%3,054-252$204$72,295,2764Fox
6Heaven is for Real$412,750-68%2,893-155$143$82,641,3435Sony / TriStar
7Rio 2$378,802-68%2,371-602$160$118,370,0176Fox
8Captain America: The Winter Soldier$373,678-63%2,271-430$165$250,905,9827Disney
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$198,153-68%2,578-80$77$6,762,6302Clarius Entertainment
10Moms' Night Out$175,415-59%1,0462$168$7,376,3172Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$123,336-56%630-140$196$55,601,84011Fox Searchlight
2Divergent$117,817-61%991-242$119$146,907,5599Lionsgate / Summit
3Belle$108,878-61%173128$629$1,876,6223Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$88,809-59%780-220$114$59,012,9729Freestyle / Pure Flix
6Brick Mansions$51,351-64%724-1230$71$19,661,2974Relativity Media
7The LEGO Movie$49,573-69%355-46$140$254,391,82315Warner Bros.
8The Railway Man$34,626-58%1832$189$2,784,5726Weinstein Company
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$29,812-68%319-38$93$109,332,86611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Transcendence$26,415-70%315-200$84$22,662,2555Warner Bros.
12Draft Day$24,482-75%495-325$49$28,418,0996Lionsgate / Summit
13Non-Stop (2014)$18,615-74%220-16$85$91,458,01512Universal
14300: Rise of an Empire$13,750-85%155-36$89$106,501,87811Warner Bros.
15The Quiet Ones$12,686-62%341-792$37$8,370,1494Lionsgate
16Oculus$9,451-56%140-270$68$27,440,4826Relativity Media
17A Haunted House 2$8,056-68%124-402$65$17,067,7055Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$72,035-63%7266$1,000$1,063,5972Open Road
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$32,765-8%371$886$1,866,1827Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Fed Up$26,332-56%55--$479$395,5402RADiUS-TWC
4The Immigrant$6,607-51%3--$2,202$50,6711Weinstein Company
52 States$3,383-69%32-27$106$2,225,0595UTV Motion Pictures
6Bad Words$2,561-56%8354$31$7,766,58810Focus
7The Hornet's Nest$2,499-59%1713$147$56,0252Freestyle Releasing
8Blue Ruin$1,696-37%24-37$71$240,7524RADiUS-TWC
9Son of God$891-62%46-22$19$59,682,00812Fox
10Philomena$864-39%9-4$96$37,708,58326Weinstein Company
11Godzilla: The Japanese Original$655-64%8-21$82$118,5375Rialto Pictures
12Joe (2014)$400-51%10-13$40$372,2976Roadside Attractions
13The Unknown Known$103-37%3-3$34$266,9737RADiUS-TWC