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 Mon, Aug. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$11,722,356-54%4,080--$2,873$106,043,2391Disney
2Lucy$2,321,450-57%3,20229$725$81,861,4252Universal
3Hercules (2014)$1,421,112-59%3,5950$395$54,079,5272Paramount
4Get On Up$1,246,350-65%2,468--$505$14,832,2651Universal
5Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,143,549-58%3,283-385$348$190,463,5364Fox
6The Purge: Anarchy$849,920-51%2,656-200$320$64,114,1403Universal
7Planes: Fire and Rescue$818,864-53%3,241-598$253$48,035,0733Disney
8Sex Tape$538,867-47%2,500-562$216$34,419,5323Sony / Columbia
9And So It Goes$383,973-60%1,81654$211$10,774,6912Clarius Entertainment
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$319,523-54%1,732-744$184$241,526,5106Paramount
11Tammy$193,472-55%1,415-1147$137$81,724,1795Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$330,153-65%726365$455$7,306,9642Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$283,389--310203$914$7,725,8504IFC Films
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$228,725-40%861-497$266$168,799,4118Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Maleficent$211,851-46%681-396$311$234,952,32410Disney
522 Jump Street$205,681-41%828-785$248$188,647,2958Sony / Columbia
6Begin Again$90,034-54%727-517$124$13,845,6076Weinstein Company
7Edge of Tomorrow$83,373-58%40249$207$98,704,7199Warner Bros.
8Chef$82,953-59%350-55$237$28,392,95213Open Road
9Wish I Was Here$80,722-57%753128$107$3,134,7973Focus
10Earth to Echo$79,919-44%536-736$149$37,058,1245Relativity Media
11The Fluffy Movie$64,248-63%4320$149$2,434,4062Open Road
12Kick$61,800-57%162-15$381$2,161,8412UTV Motion Pictures
13The Fault in Our Stars$59,371-38%282-105$211$123,463,0119Fox
14America (2014)$47,050-54%478-282$98$14,121,8246Lionsgate
15Jersey Boys$37,368-58%286-176$131$46,260,2227Warner Bros.
16Godzilla (2014)$35,334-54%277-25$128$200,199,28712Warner Bros.
17X-Men: Days of Future Past$28,704-48%190-99$151$231,725,04111Fox
18Rio 2$27,081-46%212-18$128$131,047,71417Fox
19Blended$23,236-50%187-36$124$45,912,42711Warner Bros.
20Neighbors (2014)$19,390-75%177-31$110$149,790,64513Universal
21Snowpiercer$17,141-50%100-49$171$4,156,3406RADiUS-TWC
22I Origins$9,624-57%12246$79$242,9583Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$45,805-11%410$1,117$5,482,17118Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$12,033-20%50-24$241$3,216,81710eOne Films US
3Calvary$8,384-66%4--$2,096$82,5331Fox Searchlight
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$3,853-37%591$65$111,396,43322Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Words and Pictures$2,436-30%18-10$135$2,143,34211Roadside Attractions
6Yves Saint Laurent$2,350-43%80$294$264,7576Weinstein Company
7The LEGO Movie$2,161-2%38-164$57$257,718,66826Warner Bros.
8Fed Up$640-28%7-6$91$1,533,66513RADiUS-TWC
9God's Not Dead$461-59%7-2$66$60,754,19620Freestyle / Pure Flix
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$14022%40$35$210,6699RADiUS-TWC
11Accident (2014 re-issue)$115-16%1--$115$17,21111Rialto Pictures
12As It Is in Heaven (2014)$80-23%1--$80$9,8654Embark Visuals
13A Long Way Off$71-53%10$71$29,8489Moving Visions Entertainment