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, Sep. 3 - Sun, Sep. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hero (2002)$8,808,661-51%2,09261$4,211$32,530,1062Miramax
2Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid$8,008,188-37%2,9050$2,757$23,860,7732Sony / Screen Gems
3Paparazzi$7,855,111--2,115--$3,714$7,855,1111Fox
4The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement$7,537,330-7%3,139-192$2,401$85,500,0504Disney
5Without a Paddle$7,087,731-17%2,75626$2,572$37,927,3483Paramount
6Wicker Park$6,819,393--2,598--$2,625$6,819,3931MGM
7Collateral$6,480,8010%2,348-380$2,760$88,899,8885DreamWorks
8Vanity Fair$6,268,925--1,051--$5,965$7,405,8181Focus
9The Cookout$6,219,794--1,303--$4,773$6,219,7941Lionsgate
10The Bourne Supremacy$5,314,11514%1,717-362$3,095$164,764,1207Universal