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, Aug. 14 - Sun, Aug. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saving Private Ryan$13,159,271-24%2,65462$4,958$126,038,2074DreamWorks
2How Stella Got Her Groove Back$11,318,319--1,395--$8,113$11,318,3191Fox
3The Avengers (1998)$10,305,957--2,466--$4,179$10,305,9571Warner Bros.
4There's Something About Mary$8,824,832-8%2,20394$4,006$59,700,1875Fox
5Snake Eyes$8,638,309-47%2,7185$3,178$24,948,6822Paramount
6Halloween: H20$8,478,537-48%2,66962$3,177$24,666,2612Miramax / Dimension
7Ever After: A Cinderella Story$5,997,733-22%2,058-9$2,914$22,219,3143Fox
8The Parent Trap$5,665,316-30%2,4075$2,354$24,940,9343Disney
9The Negotiator$4,204,152-35%2,032-404$2,069$20,926,8163Warner Bros.
10Armageddon$4,138,566-22%1,786-337$2,317$122,529,8087Disney