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. 9 - Sun, Oct. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Antz$14,714,639-14%2,813364$5,231$35,623,3792DreamWorks
2Rush Hour$11,105,465-23%2,7010$4,112$79,802,3194New Line
3What Dreams May Come$10,917,143-31%2,5315$4,313$26,750,7352PolyGram
4A Night at the Roxbury$6,108,845-36%2,169304$2,816$15,713,6362Paramount
5Holy Man$5,106,919--2,013--$2,537$5,106,9191Disney
6Urban Legend$4,770,882-29%2,2570$2,114$21,993,8383Sony / TriStar
7Ronin$4,677,903-35%2,4870$1,881$24,578,5123MGM
8There's Something About Mary$2,777,500-18%1,936-238$1,435$101,066,84313Fox
9One True Thing$1,920,795-28%1,568-68$1,225$15,632,9054Universal
10Saving Private Ryan$1,300,732-22%1,230-280$1,058$186,272,38012DreamWorks