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, Dec. 29 - Sun, Dec. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cast Away$30,977,8697%2,929155$10,576$100,629,7982Fox
2What Women Want (2000)$20,834,20531%3,0462$6,840$110,188,7663Paramount
3Miss Congeniality$14,579,1135%2,6680$5,464$42,059,0882Warner Bros.
4The Family Man$12,771,990-15%2,3946$5,335$39,169,4882Universal
5The Emperor's New Groove$11,319,52347%2,8870$3,921$24,629,7243Disney
6How the Grinch Stole Christmas$9,024,650-39%3,161-3$2,855$253,369,9087Universal
7Vertical Limit$8,165,56844%2,45651$3,325$51,888,6094Sony / Columbia
8Dracula 2000$7,331,064-15%2,2040$3,326$15,967,6312Miramax / Dimension
9Dude, Where's My Car?$5,847,7494%2,018-82$2,898$25,339,1993Fox
10All the Pretty Horses$4,860,556272%1,54865$3,140$9,030,1531Miramax