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, Mar. 5 - Sun, Mar. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Falling Down$7,625,100-13%1,827607$4,174$16,349,5522Warner Bros.
2Groundhog Day$5,416,457-29%1,7420$3,109$43,469,4474Columbia
3The Crying Game$4,292,561-13%1,097112$3,913$25,703,49215Miramax
4Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey$4,050,146-32%1,784-14$2,270$24,766,2635Buena Vista
5Mad Dog and Glory$3,815,555--1,098--$3,475$3,815,5551Universal
6Amos & Andrew$3,617,317--1,233--$2,934$3,617,3171Columbia
7Best of the Best II$2,840,931--1,247--$2,278$2,840,9311Fox
8Sommersby$2,839,683-31%1,654-108$1,717$30,949,5845Warner Bros.
9Aladdin$2,834,359-27%1,608-651$1,763$122,029,78815Disney
10Untamed Heart$1,768,348-32%1,105-18$1,600$11,272,7794MGM