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, Feb. 9 - Sun, Feb. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Broken Arrow (1996)$15,583,510--2,388--$6,526$15,583,5101Fox
2Mr. Holland's Opus$6,755,438-17%1,6594$4,072$32,460,9175Disney
3Black Sheep (1996)$6,484,917-39%2,09247$3,100$17,078,5262Paramount
4The Juror$4,418,710-47%2,2050$2,004$12,829,8882Sony / Columbia
5Leaving Las Vegas$3,253,158101%1,310970$2,483$10,000,71414MGM/UA
6Bed of Roses$2,696,006-32%1,533-42$1,759$12,752,8873New Line
7White Squall$2,353,857-40%1,5240$1,545$6,262,3712Disney
812 Monkeys$1,706,465-42%1,434-178$1,190$28,792,6766Universal
9Jumanji$1,431,678-37%1,300-230$1,101$36,704,1939Sony / TriStar
10Grumpier Old Men$1,337,190-36%1,507-160$887$27,021,6608Warner Bros.