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. 21 - Sun, Nov. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mortal Kombat: Annihilation$16,771,694--2,140--$7,837$16,771,6941New Line
2Anastasia$14,104,93311601%2,1402139$6,591$14,225,4741Fox
3The Rainmaker (1997)$10,626,507--2,317--$4,586$10,626,5071Paramount
4The Jackal$9,024,095-40%2,2018$4,100$24,188,6902Universal
5The Little Mermaid (1997 re-issue)$5,687,421-42%2,0573$2,765$15,501,9412Buena Vista
6Starship Troopers$4,707,339-53%2,822-149$1,668$46,266,9933Sony / TriStar
7Bean$4,288,079-46%1,991-24$2,154$29,882,5996Gramercy
8The Man Who Knew Too Little$2,938,348-36%2,0393$1,441$7,543,1672Warner Bros.
9I Know What You Did Last Summer$2,582,086-36%1,860-570$1,388$50,888,0916Sony / Columbia
10The Devil's Advocate$2,240,478-36%1,763-253$1,271$53,713,3166Warner Bros.