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, Sep. 19 - Sun, Sep. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In & Out$15,019,821--1,992--$7,540$15,019,8211Paramount
2The Game$9,032,659-37%2,43330$3,713$23,369,6882PolyGram
3Wishmaster$6,038,516--2,502--$2,413$6,038,5161Live
4A Thousand Acres$2,931,762--1,208--$2,427$2,931,7621Disney
5G.I. Jane$2,371,778-32%2,009-34$1,181$24,407,5625Disney
6Money Talks$2,188,438-32%1,9420$1,127$22,810,3895New Line
7Air Force One$2,073,537-26%1,885-305$1,100$166,089,2579Sony / Columbia
8Fire Down Below$1,575,962-52%2,138-212$737$10,909,3203Warner Bros.
9Hoodlum$1,251,749-51%1,203-817$1,041$7,834,3854MGM / United Artists
10Conspiracy Theory$1,218,330-47%1,512-460$806$52,688,6867Warner Bros.