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, Dec. 29 - Sun, Dec. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story$19,395,01097%2,57452$7,535$150,004,2686Disney
2Jumanji$14,003,99375%2,5300$5,535$25,088,3633Sony / TriStar
3Father of the Bride Part II$12,377,71976%2,048-13$6,044$37,852,3554Disney
4Grumpier Old Men$12,167,521115%2,01015$6,053$12,167,5212Warner Bros.
5Waiting to Exhale$10,628,266-6%1,33178$7,985$10,628,2662Fox
6Sabrina (1995)$8,076,57688%1,9760$4,087$13,639,8353Paramount
7Heat$8,008,00654%1,34116$5,972$16,453,6623Warner Bros.
8Tom and Huck$6,789,871111%1,6145$4,207$10,000,3292Disney
9Sudden Death$5,381,53013%1,6876$3,190$10,163,9752Universal
10The American President$4,104,79378%1,3100$3,133$36,589,3867Sony / Columbia