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, Nov. 17 - Sun, Nov. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How the Grinch Stole Christmas$55,082,651--3,127--$17,615$55,082,6511Universal
2Rugrats in Paris: The Movie$22,718,184--2,934--$7,743$22,718,1841Paramount
3Charlie's Angels$13,361,339-46%3,0370$4,400$93,261,4383Sony / Columbia
4The 6th Day$13,021,520--2,516--$5,175$13,021,5201Sony / Columbia
5Bounce$11,423,716--1,918--$5,956$11,423,7161Miramax
6Men of Honor$7,906,419-41%2,11826$3,733$21,245,8842Fox
7Little Nicky$7,753,107-52%2,9100$2,664$23,817,0112New Line
8Meet the Parents$6,367,233-38%2,412-285$2,640$138,515,5527Universal
9Red Planet$2,818,384-68%2,7030$1,043$11,539,6802Warner Bros.
10The Legend of Bagger Vance$2,817,279-55%2,109-53$1,336$25,221,1693DreamWorks