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, Nov. 19 - Sun, Nov. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Addams Family Values$14,117,545--2,577--$5,478$14,117,5451Paramount
2The Three Musketeers (1993)$8,016,917-25%2,09829$3,821$18,638,9092Disney
3Carlito's Way$5,906,910-35%1,63419$3,615$15,023,5852Universal
4My Life$5,314,782-4%1,290490$4,120$10,850,8802Columbia
5Man's Best Friend$3,861,079--1,220--$3,165$3,861,0791New Line
6The Nightmare Before Christmas$3,282,205-40%1,601-56$2,050$31,075,8286Disney
7Cool Runnings$2,458,313-27%1,525-122$1,612$42,770,8958Disney
8The Beverly Hillbillies$1,984,987-26%1,642112$1,209$30,411,8066Fox
9Rudy$1,226,966-39%1,066-268$1,151$15,795,5606TriStar
10Look Who's Talking Now$1,016,532-58%1,661-225$612$7,460,7263TriStar