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, Oct. 2 - Sun, Oct. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Antz$17,195,647--2,449--$7,021$17,195,6471DreamWorks
2What Dreams May Come$15,833,592--2,526--$6,268$15,833,5921PolyGram
3Rush Hour$14,492,122-32%2,70158$5,365$68,696,8543New Line
4A Night at the Roxbury$9,604,791--1,865--$5,150$9,604,7911Paramount
5Ronin$7,202,968-43%2,4870$2,896$19,900,6092MGM
6Urban Legend$6,707,512-36%2,2570$2,972$17,222,9562Sony / TriStar
7There's Something About Mary$3,396,357-23%2,174-297$1,562$98,289,34312Fox
8One True Thing$2,666,675-40%1,63610$1,630$13,712,1103Universal
9Saving Private Ryan$1,674,817-33%1,510-693$1,109$184,354,15711DreamWorks
10Blade$1,054,786-48%1,388-844$760$41,748,3967New Line