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. 22 - Sun, Jan. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Good Morning, Vietnam$10,806,276-8%1,194409$9,050$13,321,1225Disney
2Three Men and a Baby$6,036,498-24%1,8130$3,330$78,909,09410Disney
3Braddock: Missing in Action III$2,208,116--1,040--$2,123$2,208,1161Cannon
4Throw Momma From the Train$2,105,624-25%1,440-95$1,462$35,305,3397Orion
5The Couch Trip$2,089,062-38%1,331-1$1,570$5,440,9532Lorimar
6Return of the Living Dead Part II$1,833,879-50%1,452-15$1,263$5,481,1332Lorimar
7Fatal Attraction$1,766,311-14%1,021-33$1,730$100,786,69819Paramount
8Eddie Murphy Raw$1,723,972-38%1,053-168$1,637$32,534,3496Paramount
9*batteries not included$1,218,060-34%1,073-149$1,135$18,156,3606Universal
10Overboard$1,176,481-21%1,107111$1,063$14,020,7196MGM