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. 15 - Sun, Jan. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Aladdin$8,728,6034%2,33115$3,745$91,393,1918Disney
2Alive$8,624,292--1,132--$7,619$8,624,2921Disney
3Nowhere to Run$8,203,255--1,745--$4,701$8,203,2551Columbia
4A Few Good Men$7,754,158-14%2,146-55$3,613$100,593,3046Columbia
5Body of Evidence$7,365,429--2,050--$3,593$7,365,4291MGM
6Scent of a Woman$5,539,273-14%1,212129$4,570$15,950,5774Universal
7The Bodyguard$4,840,996-7%1,705-101$2,839$75,885,9668Warner Bros.
8Forever Young$4,295,016-6%1,625-85$2,643$29,810,6575Warner Bros.
9Home Alone 2: Lost in New York$4,173,149-6%1,775-391$2,351$114,596,1109Fox
10Chaplin$2,069,280-37%1,08014$1,916$5,527,1604TriStar