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, Aug. 31 - Sun, Sep. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jeepers Creepers$13,106,108--2,944--$4,452$13,106,1081MGM / United Artists
2Rush Hour 2$9,296,573-20%2,825-176$3,291$191,516,6245New Line
3American Pie 2$8,986,008-28%3,114-43$2,886$122,902,1944Universal
4The Others$8,151,151-5%2,716280$3,001$51,806,6044Miramax
5Rat Race$7,226,336-11%2,5510$2,833$30,030,0463Paramount
6O$6,916,625--1,434--$4,823$6,916,6251Lions Gate
7Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back$6,517,115-41%2,7650$2,357$17,535,6582Miramax / Dimension
8The Princess Diaries$5,732,009-13%2,690-59$2,131$85,563,9715Disney
9Summer Catch$4,008,190-43%2,3350$1,717$11,026,7832Warner Bros.
10Captain Corelli's Mandolin$3,933,280-2%1,6120$2,440$19,651,8613Universal