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. 13 - Sun, Aug. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Alien Vs. Predator$38,289,995--3,395--$11,278$38,289,9951Fox
2The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement$22,955,045--3,472--$6,611$37,138,2201Disney
3Collateral$16,174,679-35%3,20517$5,047$52,561,0572DreamWorks
4Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie$9,486,974--2,411--$3,935$9,486,9741Warner Bros.
5The Bourne Supremacy$8,600,001-40%2,976-328$2,890$139,694,6214Universal
6The Village$7,156,749-57%3,142-591$2,278$99,861,3293Disney
7The Manchurian Candidate (2004)$6,012,499-41%2,612-255$2,302$47,990,1703Paramount
8I, Robot$3,866,629-41%2,178-628$1,775$133,968,0155Fox
9Little Black Book$3,784,090-47%2,4450$1,548$14,646,4792Sony / Columbia
10Spider-Man 2$3,510,712-35%1,907-657$1,841$360,967,6687Sony / Columbia