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. 26 - Sun, Nov. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mrs. Doubtfire$20,468,847--1,605--$12,753$27,558,2011Fox
2Addams Family Values$10,650,625-25%2,5770$4,133$24,768,1702Paramount
3A Perfect World$8,075,582--1,964--$4,112$8,075,5822Warner Bros.
4The Three Musketeers (1993)$7,649,241-5%2,12830$3,595$26,288,1503Disney
5Carlito's Way$4,620,280-22%1,624-10$2,845$19,643,8653Universal
6My Life$4,202,676-21%1,2900$3,258$15,053,5563Columbia
7We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story$3,707,770--1,822--$2,035$3,707,7702Universal
8The Nightmare Before Christmas$3,328,6811%1,374-227$2,423$34,404,5097Disney
9Man's Best Friend$2,834,025-27%1,23010$2,304$6,695,1042New Line
10Cool Runnings$2,099,526-15%1,196-329$1,755$44,870,4219Disney