'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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 4 - Sun, Jan. 6

Wide (1000+)

1Texas Chainsaw 3D$23,000,000--2,654--$8,666$23,000,0001Lionsgate
2Django Unchained$20,082,000-33%3,0100$6,672$106,351,3772Weinstein Company
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$17,525,000-45%3,755-345$4,667$263,814,5074Warner Bros. / New Line
4Les Miserables (2012)$16,117,000-41%2,90490$5,550$103,604,4802Universal
5Parental Guidance$10,125,000-30%3,3681$3,006$52,760,0792Fox
6Jack Reacher$9,300,000-32%3,288-64$2,828$64,804,3413Paramount
7This is 40$8,600,000-31%2,93117$2,934$54,501,8453Universal
8Lincoln$5,258,000-28%1,901-65$2,766$143,933,2199Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$4,530,000-31%2,312-119$1,959$31,206,9343Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$4,311,5632379%1,6761651$2,573$4,657,0912Focus
11Monsters, Inc. 3D$3,923,000-39%2,103-515$1,865$27,916,6493Disney
12Skyfall$3,200,000-29%1,307-330$2,448$296,929,5709Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$2,600,000-47%1,507-548$1,725$97,152,0847Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

1Silver Linings Playbook$3,611,000-11%7450$4,847$34,671,0598Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$2,850,000-25%965-213$2,953$91,076,0967Fox
3The Impossible$2,760,0001412%572557$4,825$3,417,0293Lionsgate / Summit
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,450,000-39%825-366$1,758$289,206,2868Lionsgate / Summit
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$1,265,000-47%817-23$1,548$10,857,9303Paramount
6Wreck-It Ralph$1,145,000-38%709-204$1,615$178,464,91610Disney
7Hyde Park on Hudson$1,043,980143%222138$4,703$3,222,5835Focus
8Argo$809,000-19%302-43$2,679$110,126,69813Warner Bros.
9Anna Karenina (2012)$356,984-32%163-55$2,190$11,530,5938Focus
10Not Fade Away$280,000411%565546$496$426,7983Paramount Vantage
12Red Dawn (2012)$187,000-52%252-173$742$43,882,7707FilmDistrict
13Hitchcock$146,000-61%118-231$1,237$5,483,3787Fox Searchlight
14Pitch Perfect$139,000-12%165-18$842$64,666,10315Universal
15End of Watch$63,000-32%140-22$450$40,887,71316Open Road
16Playing For Keeps (2012)$54,000-57%139-129$388$12,852,4635FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

1Zero Dark Thirty$2,750,000769%6055$45,833$4,460,1323Sony / Columbia
2Rust and Bone$179,12551%3913$4,593$881,2427Sony Pictures Classics
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$77,000-17%98-27$786$17,475,29016Lionsgate / Summit
4Amour$63,5963%30$21,199$344,5623Sony Pictures Classics
5Chasing Ice$38,652--49--$789$854,6359Submarine Deluxe
6Searching For Sugar Man$30,685-6%26-2$1,180$3,062,62924Sony Pictures Classics
7Holy Motors$25,382--18--$1,410$560,58612Indomina Releasing
8The Other Son$16,927-21%13-4$1,302$1,199,09811Cohen Media Group
10West of Memphis$8,352-37%4-1$2,088$39,8282Sony Pictures Classics
12Only the Young$3,200--2--$1,600$7,2385Oscilloscope