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, Sep. 28 - Sun, Sep. 30

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pacific Heights$6,912,637--1,278--$5,409$6,912,6371Fox
2Goodfellas$5,881,427-8%1,291221$4,556$12,250,3282Warner Bros.
3Ghost$5,435,6577%1,7660$3,078$96,666,41812Paramount
4Postcards from the Edge$4,101,237-35%1,3231$3,100$18,298,1023Columbia
5Narrow Margin$1,958,439-46%1,253121$1,563$5,586,4992TriStar
6I Come in Peace$1,912,421--1,041--$1,837$1,912,4211Triumph
7Death Warrant$1,882,769-33%1,077-13$1,748$9,703,8383MGM
8Flatliners$1,674,686-23%1,435-34$1,167$37,041,6128Columbia
9Funny About Love$1,647,172-46%1,2130$1,358$4,683,5242Paramount
10Presumed Innocent$1,364,042-32%1,097-188$1,243$55,950,50710Warner Bros.