Grosses

'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 Sun, May. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$26,028,036-11%3,996--$6,514$90,823,6601Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$10,373,356-12%3,9520$2,625$148,294,7832Warner Bros.
3Blended$4,689,232-10%3,555--$1,319$14,284,0311Warner Bros.
4Neighbors (2014)$4,587,125-11%3,266-45$1,405$113,702,5253Universal
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$2,705,768-12%3,160-831$856$184,924,5804Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$2,445,172-10%3,0190$810$20,503,7852Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$1,195,924-16%2,154-900$555$77,808,8295Fox
8Rio 2$908,717-11%1,701-670$534$121,565,2467Fox
9Heaven is for Real$752,236-4%1,720-1173$437$85,833,5666Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$629,949-6%1,373-898$459$253,585,7258Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$810,166-9%498426$1,627$3,554,8853Open Road
2Belle$568,205-14%453280$1,254$3,854,5594Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$253,847-12%861-185$295$8,743,3613Sony / TriStar
4Divergent$237,500-12%644-347$369$147,901,27310Lionsgate / Summit
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$225,858-15%360-270$627$56,589,49712Fox Searchlight
6The Railway Man$185,655-13%600417$309$3,443,3367Weinstein Company
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$150,877-21%674-1904$224$7,683,1053Clarius Entertainment
8The LEGO Movie$146,828-10%323-32$455$254,921,74316Warner Bros.
9The Immigrant$145,160-21%147144$987$513,1142Weinstein Company
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$101,341-13%286-33$354$109,676,48512Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11God's Not Dead$92,3499%245-535$377$59,505,63610Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Noah$83,6963%219-67$382$100,575,3999Paramount
13Fed Up$82,938-9%10247$813$704,5923RADiUS-TWC
14Brick Mansions$57,277-1%168-556$341$19,961,0515Relativity Media
15Non-Stop (2014)$45,135-26%153-67$295$91,667,11513Universal
16Transcendence$30,670-17%202-113$152$22,828,8206Warner Bros.
17Draft Day$25,423-16%145-350$175$28,570,1857Lionsgate / Summit
18Oculus$21,8501%105-35$208$27,523,8417Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$50,2652%392$1,289$2,119,6998Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$30,499-12%10--$3,050$87,8791Roadside Attractions
3The Hornet's Nest$28,2815%5740$496$148,6993Freestyle Releasing
4A Haunted House 2$28,112-4%88-36$319$17,171,9256Open Road
5The Quiet Ones$12,266-27%92-249$133$8,447,6585Lionsgate
6300: Rise of an Empire$12,036-5%71-84$170$106,563,98812Warner Bros.
7Heropanti$11,024-7%16--$689$32,8311UTV Motion Pictures
8Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,4921%4-4$623$128,0026Rialto Pictures
9Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,672-23%1--$1,672$5,7981Rialto Pictures
10Bad Words$1,080-3%21-62$51$7,777,56011Focus
112 States$1,06622%4-28$267$2,236,6296UTV Motion Pictures
12The Unknown Known$4293%52$86$268,6708RADiUS-TWC
13Blue Ruin$140-70%5-19$28$246,9035RADiUS-TWC
14Grand D├ępart$83-39%1--$83$3391Rialto Premieres