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, Jan. 21 - Sun, Jan. 23

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Are We There Yet?$18,575,280--2,709--$6,857$18,575,2801Sony / Columbia
2Coach Carter$10,549,120-56%2,55228$4,134$42,791,0602Paramount
3Meet the Fockers$9,683,913-57%3,446-108$2,810$247,244,6595Universal
4In Good Company$7,988,456-44%1,963397$4,070$27,426,7514Universal
5Racing Stripes$6,817,269-51%3,1850$2,140$27,089,7022Warner Bros.
6Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)$6,502,724--2,297--$2,831$8,041,2481Rogue
7White Noise$4,989,622-59%2,247-32$2,221$49,381,8053Universal
8The Aviator (2004)$4,837,872-4%2,261305$2,140$58,037,9075Miramax
9The Phantom of the Opera$4,555,31024%1,511604$3,015$33,122,0795Warner Bros.
10Elektra$3,965,605-69%3,203-1$1,238$20,374,0532Fox