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, Oct. 15 - Sun, Oct. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Demolition Man$10,284,335-28%2,25812$4,555$26,258,1852Warner Bros.
2The Beverly Hillbillies$9,525,375--2,152--$4,426$9,525,3751Fox
3Cool Runnings$7,009,324-27%1,81916$3,853$23,624,6713Disney
4Malice$5,507,782-33%1,5190$3,626$22,944,0623Columbia
5Judgment Night$4,088,955--1,543--$2,650$4,088,9551Universal
6The Good Son (1993)$3,222,512-43%1,708-194$1,887$29,170,4684Fox
7The Fugitive (1993)$2,021,360-23%1,202-298$1,682$110,751,28811Warner Bros.
8Mr. Jones$1,856,716-46%1,4832$1,252$5,277,8262TriStar
9The Program$1,406,726-50%1,222-326$1,151$15,372,8834Disney
10For Love or Money$1,112,530-59%1,250-394$890$7,849,1853Universal