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, Nov. 14 - Sun, Nov. 16

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Jackal$15,164,595--2,193--$6,915$15,164,5951Universal
2Starship Troopers$10,033,965-55%2,9710$3,377$39,192,4582Sony / TriStar
3The Little Mermaid (1997 re-issue)$9,814,520--2,054--$4,778$9,814,5201Buena Vista
4Bean$7,938,313-38%2,01567$3,940$25,594,5205Gramercy
5The Man Who Knew Too Little$4,604,819--2,036--$2,262$4,604,8191Warner Bros.
6I Know What You Did Last Summer$4,062,163-38%2,430-94$1,672$48,306,0055Sony / Columbia
7The Devil's Advocate$3,502,835-31%2,016-191$1,738$50,525,9145Warner Bros.
8Red Corner$2,619,291-47%2,5070$1,045$14,927,7863MGM
9Boogie Nights$2,577,634-35%1,00352$2,570$13,927,5086New Line
10Mad City$2,203,249-53%2,1940$1,004$6,852,9912Warner Bros.