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. 31 - Sun, Sep. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghost$8,075,1808%1,7660$4,573$79,956,0848Paramount
2Darkman$6,278,025-22%1,83347$3,425$14,332,8852Universal
3Presumed Innocent$5,852,82126%1,35528$4,319$46,397,7096Warner Bros.
4Flatliners$5,229,5744%1,47915$3,536$27,330,7974Columbia
5My Blue Heaven$3,180,670-16%1,502-366$2,118$13,164,4823Warner Bros.
6Men at Work$3,078,244-3%1,03573$2,974$6,262,5552Triumph
7Taking Care of Business$2,818,102-8%1,17631$2,396$9,501,4593Disney
8The Exorcist III$2,755,797-25%1,297-117$2,125$15,723,7083Fox
9Young Guns II$2,393,52131%1,321227$1,812$20,067,1915Fox
10Air America$2,257,435-11%1,279-318$1,765$17,597,1254TriStar