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 Wed, Jun. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,524,302-19%4,26815$826$105,579,7582Fox / DreamWorks Animation
222 Jump Street$3,492,276-22%3,3060$1,056$121,507,4272Sony / Columbia
3Maleficent$1,941,335-16%3,450-173$563$191,884,9284Disney
4Think Like a Man Too$1,862,648-27%2,225--$837$36,139,7611Sony / Screen Gems
5Jersey Boys$1,604,028-17%2,905--$552$18,329,3061Warner Bros.
6The Fault in Our Stars$1,506,958-14%3,34067$451$103,392,0553Fox
7Edge of Tomorrow$1,224,439-22%3,212-293$381$77,990,4113Warner Bros.
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$831,264-20%2,681-361$310$219,411,1555Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$284,008-14%1,365-723$208$195,860,7446Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$211,845-17%1,417-996$150$40,981,8304Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$186,290-16%1,033-863$180$146,300,4357Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$248,165-5%961-141$258$17,525,2567Open Road
2Blended$147,323-23%842-739$175$42,825,7795Warner Bros.
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$91,026-8%434-248$210$199,786,4288Sony / Columbia
4Rio 2$87,129-6%310-73$281$127,622,45311Fox
5Belle$50,204-8%244-94$206$9,345,1078Fox Searchlight
6Divergent$48,002-2%289-47$166$150,301,84414Lionsgate / Summit
7The Grand Seduction$42,978-14%12420$347$1,890,0144eOne Films US
8The LEGO Movie$42,7562%31514$136$256,813,46220Warner Bros.
9The Other Woman (2014)$39,5170%231-13$171$83,204,1599Fox
10Heaven is for Real$33,117-1%201-331$165$89,907,65910Sony / TriStar
11Words and Pictures$31,1576%175-42$178$1,563,7425Roadside Attractions
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$23,690-12%179-28$132$110,913,03516Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Signal (2014)$19,717-18%20484$97$468,3332Focus
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$19,124-23%112-37$171$58,411,53116Fox Searchlight
15God's Not Dead$14,924-15%112-38$133$60,529,52114Freestyle / Pure Flix
16The Immigrant$14,454-7%110-30$131$1,900,4476Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$40,475-9%410$987$3,357,89912Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,092-23%529$175$8,415,6107Clarius Entertainment
3Fed Up$7,84025%47-9$167$1,422,8427RADiUS-TWC
4The Railway Man$7,723-3%8434$92$4,384,58611Weinstein Company
5Yves Saint Laurent$6,801--2--$3,401$6,8010Weinstein Company
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$6,696-5%4628$146$145,9713RADiUS-TWC
7Moms' Night Out$6,187-19%50-31$124$10,185,7997Sony / TriStar
8Brick Mansions$5,2844%60-25$88$20,300,1909Relativity Media
9Oculus$1,41931%17-14$83$27,693,04411Relativity Media
10The Hornet's Nest$339-5%30$113$306,0667Freestyle Releasing
11Blue Ruin$54-27%1-1$54$258,3389RADiUS-TWC
12The Unknown Known$25-85%2-1$13$275,91912RADiUS-TWC