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, Oct. 1 - Sun, Oct. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shark Tale$47,604,635--4,016--$11,854$47,604,6351DreamWorks
2Ladder 49$22,087,283--3,260--$6,775$22,087,2831Disney
3The Forgotten$11,821,804-44%3,14440$3,760$38,087,5102Sony / Columbia
4Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow$3,278,353-51%2,721-449$1,205$30,589,9623Paramount
5Mr. 3000$2,526,312-50%2,239-497$1,128$19,102,6093Disney
6Resident Evil: Apocalypse$2,310,738-43%1,986-850$1,164$47,025,8434Sony / Screen Gems
7First Daughter$2,158,633-46%2,28020$947$7,123,9702Fox
8Cellular$2,014,074-45%2,020-743$997$28,168,6614New Line
9Wimbledon$1,739,187-48%1,705-334$1,020$14,835,5403Universal
10Without a Paddle$1,288,139-45%1,439-880$895$55,423,6327Paramount