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, Jan. 7 - Sun, Jan. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stuart Little$11,214,503-30%2,97979$3,765$96,490,8594Sony / Columbia
2The Green Mile$9,731,478-17%2,678-197$3,634$91,720,6635Warner Bros.
3The Talented Mr. Ripley$9,322,535-25%2,3167$4,025$54,188,1733Paramount
4Any Given Sunday$8,779,880-25%2,5050$3,505$59,244,1403Warner Bros.
5Galaxy Quest$8,022,567-17%2,4508$3,275$38,454,3513DreamWorks
6Toy Story 2$7,152,411-42%2,752-350$2,599$219,708,2357Disney
7Magnolia$5,694,5883501%1,0341025$5,507$6,175,0464New Line
8Bicentennial Man$5,308,109-36%2,612-155$2,032$47,335,6454Disney
9Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo$5,032,036-12%2,066-96$2,436$36,527,6685Disney
10Snow Falling on Cedars$3,911,0917905%1,1501147$3,401$4,079,1013Universal