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, Feb. 12 - Sun, Feb. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Message in a Bottle$16,751,560--2,538--$6,600$16,751,5601Warner Bros.
2Payback (1999)$15,630,573-26%2,75122$5,682$36,852,0992Paramount
3My Favorite Martian$11,181,043--2,275--$4,915$11,181,0431Disney
4Blast from the Past$9,160,263--2,542--$3,604$9,160,2631New Line
5Shakespeare in Love$9,050,029161%1,9561123$4,627$35,481,90010Miramax
6She's All That$8,595,257-26%2,65434$3,239$36,312,7373Miramax
7Patch Adams$3,570,665-19%2,101-628$1,700$127,004,1298Universal
8Saving Private Ryan$3,361,195-7%1,140113$2,948$199,090,05730DreamWorks
9Varsity Blues$3,147,635-18%2,036-328$1,546$25,788,7975Paramount
10The Thin Red Line$1,866,991-2%1,301-345$1,435$14,809,1018Fox