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. 10 - Sun, Sep. 12

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Apocalypse$23,037,046--3,284--$7,015$23,037,0461Sony / Screen Gems
2Cellular$10,100,571--2,749--$3,674$10,100,5711New Line
3Without a Paddle$4,512,795-36%2,754-2$1,639$45,519,0454Paramount
4Hero (2002)$4,420,702-50%2,17583$2,033$41,653,7463Miramax
5The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement$2,933,011-61%2,452-687$1,196$89,260,9965Disney
6Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid$2,807,927-65%2,544-361$1,104$27,579,7153Sony / Screen Gems
7Paparazzi$2,771,359-65%2,15338$1,287$12,006,6882Fox
8Collateral$2,718,494-58%2,024-324$1,343$92,695,5816DreamWorks
9Vanity Fair$2,613,777-58%1,0543$2,480$11,098,4912Focus
10Wicker Park$2,509,277-63%2,5980$966$10,434,9122MGM