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 $1.4 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 25 - Sun, Nov. 27

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Santa Clause$20,437,60719%2,26968$9,007$56,896,9973Disney
2Star Trek: Generations$13,190,324-43%2,68122$4,920$36,306,7182Paramount
3Interview with the Vampire$11,769,781-32%2,6040$4,520$65,590,0493Warner Bros.
4Junior$9,803,145--1,749--$5,605$9,803,1452Universal
5A Low Down Dirty Shame$7,970,574--1,379--$5,780$7,970,5741Disney
6The Lion King$6,267,04714%1,51054$4,150$147,298,48123Disney
7Stargate$4,777,1988%2,0330$2,350$46,317,4465MGM/UA
8The Pagemaster$4,188,399--1,803--$2,323$4,188,3992Fox
9Miracle on 34th Street (1994)$3,800,16638%1,1911$3,191$6,553,3742Fox
10The Professional$3,765,840-29%1,22062$3,087$9,072,3982Sony / Columbia