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, Jan. 17 - Sun, Jan. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kangaroo Jack$16,580,353--2,818--$5,884$16,580,3531Warner Bros.
2National Security$14,370,402--2,729--$5,266$14,370,4021Sony / Columbia
3Catch Me If You Can (2002)$12,524,998-14%3,050-175$4,107$136,322,2724DreamWorks
4The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$12,503,990-15%3,110-367$4,021$300,133,5015New Line
5Just Married$11,872,045-32%2,7693$4,287$33,430,7232Fox
6A Guy Thing$8,006,232--2,515--$3,183$8,006,2321MGM
7Maid in Manhattan$3,715,850-28%2,171-755$1,712$88,971,5246Sony / Columbia
8Gangs of New York$3,712,112-23%2,170-170$1,711$60,482,2925Miramax
9Two Weeks Notice$3,662,214-46%2,240-515$1,635$84,558,1635Warner Bros.
10Antwone Fisher$2,776,934-27%1,02114$2,720$14,303,8535Fox Searchlight