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.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 16 - Sun, Jan. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Critical Condition$5,715,701--1,343--$4,256$5,715,7011Paramount
2Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home$4,056,512-1%1,479-397$2,743$60,099,4469Paramount
3The Golden Child$3,921,103-13%1,565-92$2,505$44,638,2676Paramount
4Crocodile Dundee$3,580,01010%1,315-44$2,722$86,596,37117Paramount
5Little Shop of Horrors$3,222,0665%1,183325$2,724$18,987,1365Warner Bros.
6Wanted: Dead or Alive$2,845,836--1,017--$2,798$2,845,8361New World
7Three Amigos$1,412,077-39%1,116-349$1,265$23,175,1496Orion
8Lady and the Tramp (re-issue) (1986)$1,263,202-37%1,171-132$1,079$15,644,9385Disney