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. 13 - Sun, Nov. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Waterboy$24,431,129-38%2,67511$9,133$63,845,8102Disney
2I Still Know What You Did Last Summer$16,520,038--2,443--$6,762$16,520,0381Sony / Columbia
3Meet Joe Black$15,017,995--2,503--$6,000$15,017,9951Universal
4The Siege$8,101,705-42%2,58241$3,138$22,032,9902Fox
5Antz$4,017,378-28%2,351-253$1,709$81,106,9737DreamWorks
6I'll Be Home for Christmas$3,898,293--1,759--$2,216$3,898,2931Disney
7Pleasantville$3,675,133-34%1,77312$2,073$25,003,5434New Line
8The Wizard of Oz (1998 re-issue)$3,269,630-39%1,8823$1,737$8,623,9412Warner Bros.
9Living Out Loud$2,606,522-40%1,0871$2,398$7,096,0143New Line
10Practical Magic$1,919,519-53%2,250-302$853$33,243,1875Warner Bros.