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, Dec. 25 - Sun, Dec. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Patch Adams$25,261,799--2,712--$9,315$25,261,7991Universal
2Stepmom$19,142,369--2,358--$8,118$19,142,3691Sony / TriStar
3You've Got Mail$18,103,477-2%2,75665$6,569$47,442,5632Warner Bros.
4The Prince of Egypt$15,118,1794%3,218100$4,698$40,059,0592DreamWorks
5The Faculty$11,633,495--2,365--$4,919$11,633,4951Miramax / Dimension
6Mighty Joe Young$10,602,042--2,502--$4,237$10,602,0421Disney
7A Bug's Life$10,124,9761%2,456-317$4,123$114,493,5995Disney
8Star Trek: Insurrection$7,304,179-12%2,67728$2,728$37,667,2183Paramount
9Enemy of the State$5,298,37711%1,505-732$3,521$64,563,9206Disney
10Jack Frost$3,903,021-24%2,142-10$1,822$16,113,5883Warner Bros.