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 Thu, Jun. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$5,399,117-4%3,948--$1,368$93,846,9681Disney
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$2,605,125-8%4,0015$651$174,401,2662Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,280,505-10%3,158--$405$22,989,9701Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$1,013,205-9%3,501-451$289$179,093,0063Warner Bros.
5Neighbors (2014)$765,605-15%2,939-327$260$132,600,4954Universal
6Blended$718,238-6%3,5550$202$32,458,9442Warner Bros.
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$370,971-8%2,152-1008$172$194,388,3965Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$366,752-8%2,329-690$157$29,525,0303Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$130,126-24%1,114-1040$117$81,725,8196Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$247,3481%624126$396$7,761,6954Open Road
2Belle$158,169-2%52572$301$6,814,2675Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$156,190-2%983-718$159$124,909,5658Fox
4Heaven is for Real$92,512-8%722-998$128$88,412,6457Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$62,484-9%539-834$116$255,447,1049Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$47,679-4%249-111$191$57,534,44313Fox Searchlight
7Moms' Night Out$41,90712%383-478$109$9,758,6464Sony / TriStar
8The LEGO Movie$41,8203%302-21$138$255,590,34017Warner Bros.
9Divergent$41,780-3%373-271$112$148,811,52411Lionsgate / Summit
10The Immigrant$35,316-11%1503$235$1,229,6293Weinstein Company
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$32,88216%254-32$129$110,162,08113Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Railway Man$31,835-5%496-104$64$4,178,8078Weinstein Company
13Fed Up$29,40519%1042$283$1,125,3804RADiUS-TWC
14God's Not Dead$20,75910%155-90$134$59,872,68011Freestyle / Pure Flix
15Noah$20,508-2%182-37$113$100,950,25810Paramount
16Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$20,322-8%180-494$113$8,242,2624Clarius Entertainment
17Draft Day$11,3583%17328$66$28,743,2998Lionsgate / Summit
18Transcendence$6,6971%128-74$52$22,957,0947Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$50,264-2%94--$535$537,6141eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$40,92110%390$1,049$2,535,8089Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Words and Pictures$10,1074%133$777$254,0642Roadside Attractions
4A Haunted House 2$6,45310%74-14$87$17,288,5387Open Road
5Oculus$5,478-1%83-22$66$27,625,1648Relativity Media
6The Hornet's Nest$4,454-14%42-15$106$275,8514Freestyle Releasing
7The Quiet Ones$3,5207%72-20$49$8,509,8676Lionsgate
8Brick Mansions$2,7931%45-123$62$20,042,9896Relativity Media
9Heropanti$923-35%11-5$84$62,0342UTV Motion Pictures
10Godzilla: The Japanese Original$700--40$175$135,8207Rialto Pictures
11Blue Ruin$42991%61$72$251,3106RADiUS-TWC
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$299-14%2--$150$47,69617Rialto Pictures