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. 23 - Sun, Sep. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Flightplan$24,630,972--3,424--$7,194$24,630,9721Disney
2Tim Burton's Corpse Bride$19,144,7174827%3,2043199$5,975$19,656,4131Warner Bros.
3Just Like Heaven$9,621,120-41%3,5091$2,742$29,818,0132DreamWorks
4Roll Bounce$7,570,416--1,625--$4,659$7,570,4161Fox Searchlight
5The Exorcism of Emily Rose$7,447,672-50%3,04562$2,446$62,256,5803Sony / Screen Gems
6Lord of War$5,035,112-46%2,8140$1,789$17,384,0472Lionsgate
7The 40-Year-Old Virgin$4,311,390-28%2,581-425$1,670$96,944,1676Universal
8The Constant Gardener$2,324,326-36%1,282-105$1,813$27,670,6414Focus
9Transporter 2$2,228,220-44%1,726-1079$1,291$39,905,4344Fox
10Cry Wolf$2,189,343-51%1,787-2$1,225$7,458,1132Rogue