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, Sep. 3 - Sun, Sep. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sixth Sense$22,897,69114%2,77512$8,251$169,230,5135Disney
2Runaway Bride$8,610,28726%3,10515$2,773$135,337,8046Paramount
3The 13th Warrior$6,601,306-36%2,3137$2,854$20,388,3012Disney
4Bowfinger$5,824,024-12%2,702-30$2,155$54,302,7574Universal
5Chill Factor$5,810,531--2,558--$2,272$5,810,5311Warner Bros.
6Mickey Blue Eyes$5,513,8132%2,230-343$2,473$27,368,3683Warner Bros.
7The Thomas Crown Affair$4,697,6612%1,977-118$2,376$55,947,4055MGM
8The Muse$3,452,346-12%1,262-1$2,736$8,341,1142October
9Outside Providence$3,370,662--1,050--$3,210$3,937,9441Miramax
10The Blair Witch Project$3,350,886-21%2,297-55$1,459$86,381,4416Artisan