'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 Wed, Jun. 11 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$4,168,922-17%3,173--$1,314$62,269,7841Fox
3Edge of Tomorrow$2,772,354-20%3,490--$794$38,182,3231Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,707,464-16%3,639-362$469$195,050,4803Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$914,865-14%3,1602$290$33,229,7052Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$743,117-13%3,110-391$239$187,564,6004Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$736,505-8%2,674-265$275$140,199,7055Universal
8Blended$548,296-10%2,928-627$187$38,245,8403Warner Bros.
9Chef$374,883-7%1,298674$289$11,487,9925Open Road
10Million Dollar Arm$296,117-4%1,643-686$180$32,421,2614Disney
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$279,430-12%1,481-671$189$197,216,6246Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$153,5123%702-281$219$126,105,5009Fox
2Belle$119,447-5%476-49$251$7,941,2536Fox Searchlight
3The Other Woman (2014)$71,135-5%489-625$145$82,434,9177Fox
4Heaven is for Real$69,906-1%446-276$157$89,007,5178Sony / TriStar
5The LEGO Movie$59,6557%274-28$218$256,041,20418Warner Bros.
6The Grand Seduction$46,115-31%10713$431$967,8152eOne Films US
7Divergent$43,650-3%298-75$146$149,192,95312Lionsgate / Summit
8Mr. Peabody & Sherman$37,9400%224-30$169$110,443,63114Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Holiday (2014)$36,677-27%144--$255$515,4021Reliance Entertainment
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$35,8811%185-64$194$57,880,42614Fox Searchlight
11God's Not Dead$32,052-1%20045$160$60,138,00612Freestyle / Pure Flix
12The Immigrant$29,676-8%145-5$205$1,507,7044Weinstein Company
13Moms' Night Out$26,622-19%292-91$91$10,000,1145Sony / TriStar
15The Railway Man$13,360-7%177-319$75$4,269,9079Weinstein Company
16Draft Day$7,2906%113-60$65$28,806,0829Lionsgate / Summit
17Transcendence$3,9782%105-23$38$22,993,6978Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 11 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$42,96111%390$1,102$2,774,49810Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$36,8225%9885$376$639,0613Roadside Attractions
3Fed Up$19,0561%88-16$217$1,267,4365RADiUS-TWC
4Brick Mansions$12,3295%9954$125$20,155,4577Relativity Media
5Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,808-3%84-96$117$8,309,9515Clarius Entertainment
6Oculus$3,8325%47-36$82$27,659,1009Relativity Media
7A Haunted House 2$3,520-4%44-30$80$17,325,7918Open Road
8Filmistaan$1,564-27%24--$65$37,0771UTV Motion Pictures
9The Hornet's Nest$1,53210%16-26$96$292,6785Freestyle Releasing
10Blue Ruin$85048%3-3$283$255,4837RADiUS-TWC
11The Unknown Known$325-11%3--$108$272,43610RADiUS-TWC
12Godzilla: The Japanese Original$291--1-3$291$138,7908Rialto Pictures
13Heropanti$110340%3-8$37$62,3803UTV Motion Pictures