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. 4 - Sun, Mar. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ace Ventura: Pet Detective$5,095,449-22%1,9630$2,596$43,607,6725Warner Bros.
2Greedy$4,805,115--1,710--$2,810$4,805,1151Universal
3On Deadly Ground$4,464,304-30%2,0100$2,221$10,833,3853Warner Bros.
4The Chase$3,421,028--1,633--$2,095$3,421,0281Fox
5Blank Check$2,726,754-34%1,577-150$1,729$18,551,2954Disney
6Blue Chips$2,660,597-34%1,9800$1,344$16,813,1983Paramount
7Mrs. Doubtfire$2,615,297-6%1,626290$1,608$136,563,26015Fox
8Reality Bites$2,347,573-35%1,079-96$2,176$13,870,4013Universal
9My Father the Hero$1,610,219-41%1,086-249$1,483$18,116,0285Disney
10My Girl 2$1,004,696-58%1,263-590$795$13,250,2134Columbia