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. 16 - Sun, Oct. 18

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Practical Magic$13,104,694--2,652--$4,941$13,104,6941Warner Bros.
2Bride of Chucky$11,830,855--2,412--$4,905$11,830,8551Universal
3Antz$11,216,740-24%2,90390$3,864$51,451,0103DreamWorks
4Rush Hour$8,247,411-26%2,72423$3,028$88,049,7305New Line
5Beloved (1998)$8,165,551--1,501--$5,440$8,165,5511Disney
6What Dreams May Come$6,403,270-41%2,506-25$2,555$33,154,0053PolyGram
7A Night at the Roxbury$3,818,323-37%2,1690$1,760$19,531,9593Paramount
8Urban Legend$2,887,189-39%2,063-194$1,400$24,881,0274Sony / TriStar
9Ronin$2,803,564-40%1,982-505$1,415$27,382,0764MGM
10Holy Man$2,415,756-53%2,0130$1,200$7,522,6752Disney