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. 3 - Sun, Sep. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fugitive (1993)$14,106,525-3%2,4250$5,817$92,954,8535Warner Bros.
2The Man Without a Face$5,473,20636%1,065200$5,139$9,499,9812Warner Bros.
3Hard Target$4,406,080-12%1,967-32$2,240$19,540,0653Universal
4Jurassic Park$4,103,90040%1,420-49$2,890$316,611,02613Universal
5Needful Things$4,050,694-22%1,98623$2,040$9,253,1722Columbia
6Fortress$4,040,711--1,204--$3,356$4,040,7111Miramax / Dimension
7The Secret Garden$3,647,6319%1,3320$2,738$15,918,0194Warner Bros.
8In the Line of Fire$3,204,35223%1,274-198$2,515$97,879,5449Columbia
9Free Willy$3,023,20834%1,55146$1,949$41,398,0718Warner Bros.
10Rising Sun$2,918,4114%1,289-135$2,264$40,155,5736Fox