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. 19 - Sun, Feb. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Payback (1999)$10,268,237-34%2,76817$3,710$33,578,6923Paramount
2Message in a Bottle$10,042,342-40%2,5457$3,946$12,143,7582Warner Bros.
3My Favorite Martian$6,911,596-38%2,31237$2,989$18,092,6392Disney
4October Sky$5,905,250--1,495--$3,950$5,905,2501Universal
5Blast from the Past$5,839,227-36%2,5442$2,295$14,999,4902New Line
6Shakespeare in Love$5,827,713-36%2,03074$2,871$41,309,61311Miramax
7She's All That$5,288,563-38%2,639-15$2,004$33,006,0434Miramax
8Office Space$4,231,727--1,740--$2,432$4,231,7271Fox
9Saving Private Ryan$2,417,147-28%1,139-1$2,122$202,919,00831DreamWorks
10Patch Adams$1,742,376-51%1,570-531$1,110$129,357,6649Universal