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. 24 - Sun, Sep. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Double Jeopardy$23,162,542--2,547--$9,094$23,162,5421Paramount
2Blue Streak$12,547,093-35%2,7350$4,588$31,755,8992Sony / Columbia
3The Sixth Sense$8,435,193-25%2,7913$3,022$223,963,1058Disney
4For Love of the Game$6,435,770-51%2,85425$2,255$19,477,4552Universal
5Stigmata$4,700,199-49%2,854-47$1,647$40,306,5713MGM
6Stir of Echoes$2,288,940-42%1,897-46$1,207$15,311,1583Artisan
7Jakob the Liar$2,056,647--1,200--$1,714$2,056,6471Sony / Columbia
8Mumford$1,851,291--1,452--$1,275$1,851,2911Buena Vista
9Runaway Bride$1,613,381-38%1,870-514$863$146,203,4209Paramount
10The Thomas Crown Affair$969,007-50%1,405-253$690$65,644,5838MGM