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, Jan. 5 - Sun, Jan. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Monkeys$13,842,9907392%1,5331530$9,030$14,027,7661Universal
2Grumpier Old Men$7,907,676-35%2,03727$3,882$7,907,6763Warner Bros.
3Jumanji$7,522,134-46%2,5300$2,973$18,606,5044Sony / TriStar
4Toy Story$7,059,800-64%2,469-105$2,859$160,799,7167Disney
5Waiting to Exhale$6,191,493-42%1,40271$4,416$6,191,4933Fox
6Father of the Bride Part II$5,752,193-54%2,148100$2,678$43,604,5485Disney
7Heat$5,502,846-31%1,3410$4,104$13,948,5024Warner Bros.
8Sabrina (1995)$4,595,308-43%1,9760$2,326$10,158,5674Paramount
9Tom and Huck$2,574,123-62%1,606-8$1,603$12,574,4523Disney
10The American President$2,252,807-45%1,181-129$1,908$38,842,1938Sony / Columbia