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 $1.4 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 15 - Sun, Nov. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Curly Sue$4,203,421-15%1,6340$2,572$19,457,5804Warner Bros.
2All I Want for Christmas$3,336,175-8%1,5070$2,214$6,981,8952Paramount
3The People Under the Stairs$3,014,320-32%1,838-12$1,640$12,939,8183Universal
4Little Man Tate$2,155,044-30%1,01211$2,129$13,879,2256Orion
5Billy Bathgate$1,885,771-50%1,1773$1,602$9,683,3223Disney
6Other People's Money$1,837,765-30%1,2490$1,471$16,717,2115Warner Bros.
7Highlander 2: The Quickening$1,581,527-43%1,00915$1,567$9,622,1453Interstar
8House Party 2$1,281,205-39%1,082-103$1,184$13,074,3834New Line