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. 6 - Sun, Aug. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Collateral$24,701,586--3,188--$7,748$24,701,5861DreamWorks
2The Village$16,468,441-68%3,7333$4,412$85,612,0662Disney
3The Bourne Supremacy$14,388,586-40%3,304124$4,355$124,599,5823Universal
4The Manchurian Candidate (2004)$10,256,662-49%2,8670$3,577$37,966,5402Paramount
5Little Black Book$7,075,523--2,445--$2,894$7,075,5231Sony / Columbia
6I, Robot$6,515,960-37%2,806-398$2,322$126,922,8484Fox
7Spider-Man 2$5,431,429-37%2,564-437$2,118$354,496,9396Sony / Columbia
8Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle$3,191,701-42%2,16328$1,476$12,325,3442New Line
9Catwoman$2,901,835-55%2,275-842$1,276$36,069,6103Warner Bros.
10A Cinderella Story$2,877,855-41%2,065-285$1,394$46,892,1174Warner Bros.