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, Sep. 7 - Sun, Sep. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Musketeer$10,312,377--2,438--$4,230$10,312,3771Universal
2Two Can Play That Game$7,720,942--1,297--$5,953$7,720,9421Sony / Screen Gems
3Jeepers Creepers$6,219,957-53%2,9440$2,113$8,945,5492MGM / United Artists
4Rock Star$6,018,636--2,525--$2,384$6,018,6361Warner Bros.
5The Others$6,003,882-26%2,73721$2,194$51,671,1615Miramax
6Rush Hour 2$5,752,389-38%2,546-279$2,259$190,388,9096New Line
7American Pie 2$4,720,860-47%2,777-337$1,700$131,173,1475Universal
8Rat Race$4,459,229-38%2,5510$1,748$29,191,0194Paramount
9The Princess Diaries$3,369,944-41%2,410-280$1,398$83,201,9066Disney
10O$2,664,891-61%1,46430$1,820$9,581,5162Lions Gate