'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, May. 3 - Sun, May. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Iron Man 3$175,300,000--4,253--$41,218$175,300,0001Disney
2Pain and Gain$7,600,000-62%3,28710$2,312$33,919,0752Paramount
342 (2013)$6,210,000-42%3,345-60$1,857$78,335,7704Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$5,800,000-67%3,430-362$1,691$75,971,9153Universal
5The Croods$4,225,000-37%2,915-368$1,449$168,743,1597Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Big Wedding$3,875,000-49%2,6330$1,472$14,209,5652Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,822,0001%1,160-450$1,571$228,567,9329Disney
8Scary Movie 5$1,435,000-58%1,857-876$773$29,603,3084Weinstein / Dimension
9The Place Beyond the Pines$1,297,934-52%1,162-422$1,117$18,694,5746Focus
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,275,000-66%1,804-903$707$118,757,3166Paramount
11Olympus Has Fallen$1,185,000-59%1,632-702$726$95,364,8797FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mud$2,150,250-3%576213$3,733$5,158,1482Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$882,000-63%980-868$900$43,741,9855Universal
3The Company You Keep$777,240-33%541-266$1,437$3,506,4115Sony Pictures Classics
4Evil Dead$625,000-69%959-1227$652$53,210,4895Sony / TriStar
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$410,000-63%504-438$813$51,363,9116Lionsgate
6Disconnect$210,744--161--$1,309$1,054,9744LD Entertainment
7Silver Linings Playbook$195,000-1%468107$417$131,699,96425Weinstein Company
8Identity Thief$195,000-44%300-125$650$133,445,39513Universal
9Filly Brown$164,000-71%204-55$804$2,598,4243Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Host (2013)$160,126-58%290-321$552$26,152,2236Open Road
11The Sapphires$148,000-18%123-3$1,203$1,637,4827Weinstein Company
12Snitch (2013)$136,000-27%215-37$633$42,524,29611Lionsgate / Summit
13Home Run$125,920-73%160-210$787$2,546,7593IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Escape From Planet Earth$120,000-26%257-26$467$55,206,76212Weinstein Company
15Side Effects (2013)$66,16338%16557$401$32,086,04113Open Road
16Warm Bodies$61,000-40%140-50$436$66,360,66514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1Renoir$152,44024%7411$2,060$1,079,4256IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
2The Iceman$93,149--4--$23,287$93,1491Millennium Entertainment
3Kon-Tiki$78,324253%1412$5,595$111,5002Weinstein Company
4Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$70,000--20--$3,500$70,0001Lionsgate / Pantelion
5In the House$49,40170%2213$2,246$140,1783Cohen Media Group
6Quartet$46,000-44%86-44$535$18,098,57817Weinstein Company
7Trance$42,000-63%86-71$488$2,217,5375Fox Searchlight
8Love Is All You Need$38,954--4--$9,739$38,9541Sony Pictures Classics
9Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$38,294--4--$9,574$38,2941eOne Films US
10At Any Price$32,272101%1814$1,793$61,4582Sony Pictures Classics
11Upstream Color$32,180-34%32-11$1,006$352,3765ERBP
12From Up on Poppy Hill$29,498-46%39-5$756$850,2388GKIDS
13Spring Breakers$26,000-50%43-29$605$14,000,3288A24
14What Maisie Knew$23,248--1--$23,248$23,2481Millenium Entertainment
15Midnight's Children$22,832--10--$2,283$37,0982Paladin/108 Media
16The Lords of Salem$22,668-88%50-230$453$1,141,9973Anchor Bay Films
17Blancanieves$17,062-17%153$1,137$218,8456Cohen Media Group
18Dead Man's Burden$7,500--1--$7,500$7,5001Cinedigm