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. 7 - Sun, Feb. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Wars: Special Edition$24,277,091-32%2,1040$11,539$60,183,7522Fox
2Dante's Peak$18,479,435--2,657--$6,955$18,479,4351Universal
3The Beautician and the Beast$4,080,222--1,801--$2,266$4,080,2221Paramount
4Jerry Maguire$3,579,965-31%1,964-176$1,823$121,283,3199Sony / TriStar
5Scream$3,563,218-21%1,750-85$2,036$52,338,3748Miramax / Dimension
6Evita$3,000,165-31%1,0457$2,871$40,994,6577Disney
7Metro$2,492,775-43%1,728-219$1,443$12,334,9344Disney
8The English Patient$2,237,74921%1,042387$2,148$29,248,59913Miramax
9Beverly Hills Ninja$2,014,802-52%1,956-156$1,030$11,657,2824Sony / TriStar
10Michael (1996)$1,942,705-28%1,660-221$1,170$62,806,8957New Line