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, Feb. 7 - Sun, Feb. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days$23,774,484--2,923--$8,134$23,774,4841Paramount
2Shanghai Knights$19,603,271--2,753--$7,121$19,603,2711Disney
3Chicago$10,786,53353%1,8411218$5,859$63,786,6707Miramax
4The Recruit$9,226,344-43%2,3760$3,883$29,820,6642Disney
5Final Destination 2$8,389,650-48%2,8340$2,960$27,883,2772New Line
6Deliver Us from Eva$6,648,374--1,139--$5,837$6,648,3741Focus
7Kangaroo Jack$6,105,050-33%2,8480$2,144$53,038,0394Warner Bros.
8Biker Boyz$4,233,855-58%1,7693$2,393$16,016,2322DreamWorks
9Darkness Falls$3,821,223-46%2,456-409$1,556$26,807,0463Sony / Columbia
10The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers$3,518,592-31%1,680-495$2,094$320,858,9428New Line