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 $1.4 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 22 - Sun, Feb. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Queen of the Damned$14,757,567--2,511--$5,877$14,757,5671Warner Bros.
2John Q.$12,473,834-38%2,50539$4,980$40,088,2902New Line
3Dragonfly$10,216,624--2,507--$4,075$10,216,6241Universal
4Return to Never Land$8,989,475-24%2,62621$3,423$27,263,5482Disney
5Crossroads (2002)$7,010,111-52%2,3811$2,944$26,178,4212Paramount
6Big Fat Liar$6,324,545-45%2,437-97$2,595$33,235,2833Universal
7Hart's War$4,461,246-50%2,4590$1,814$15,004,6492MGM
8Super Troopers$3,908,234-45%1,80525$2,165$12,477,6852Fox Searchlight
9Collateral Damage$3,854,467-54%2,410-414$1,599$34,603,4783Warner Bros.
10Snow Dogs$3,338,317-50%2,194-92$1,522$72,627,2196Disney