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. 21 - Sun, Jan. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Next Friday$8,009,943-45%1,17572$6,817$31,725,6662New Line
2Down to You$7,602,507--1,971--$3,857$7,602,5071Miramax
3The Hurricane$6,502,595-38%2,101647$3,095$22,581,7152Universal
4Stuart Little$6,407,532-49%3,15159$2,033$118,493,1566Sony / Columbia
5The Green Mile$5,387,502-30%2,4830$2,170$109,952,8057Warner Bros.
6Galaxy Quest$4,539,048-47%2,259-191$2,009$54,293,0185DreamWorks
7Girl, Interrupted$4,314,547-47%1,93533$2,230$15,714,2826Sony / Columbia
8The Talented Mr. Ripley$3,710,484-46%2,215-154$1,675$68,104,9475Paramount
9Play It to the Bone$3,427,761--1,556--$2,203$3,431,1275Disney
10Toy Story 2$2,949,029-42%1,990-336$1,482$231,227,9729Disney