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, Aug. 17 - Sun, Aug. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Exorcist III$9,312,219--1,288--$7,230$9,312,2191Fox
2Ghost$8,364,565-12%1,7660$4,736$64,406,2026Paramount
3Flatliners$7,056,904-30%1,424105$4,956$17,091,5892Columbia
4My Blue Heaven$6,207,092--1,859--$3,339$6,207,0921Warner Bros.
5Presumed Innocent$6,101,374-23%1,423-28$4,288$35,898,8844Warner Bros.
6Air America$4,735,980-41%1,9020$2,490$12,800,4602TriStar
7Taking Care of Business$3,620,054--1,074--$3,371$3,620,0541Disney
8Problem Child$3,312,800-32%1,640-129$2,020$25,028,9204Universal
9Young Guns II$3,118,748-34%1,461-309$2,135$15,845,3853Fox
10Die Hard 2: Die Harder$2,149,899-30%1,234-457$1,742$62,274,2247Fox