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. 30 - Sun, Oct. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Flightplan$14,805,833-40%3,4240$4,324$45,911,0752Disney
2Serenity$10,086,716--2,188--$4,610$10,086,7161Universal
3Tim Burton's Corpse Bride$10,033,283-48%3,2040$3,131$33,186,9012Warner Bros.
4A History of Violence$8,103,0771470%1,3401326$6,047$8,622,1112New Line
5Into the Blue$7,057,861--2,789--$2,531$7,057,8611Sony / Columbia
6Just Like Heaven$6,127,541-36%3,54334$1,729$38,422,9403DreamWorks
7The Exorcism of Emily Rose$4,380,399-41%3,004-41$1,458$68,501,6964Sony / Screen Gems
8Roll Bounce$4,028,567-47%1,66136$2,425$12,676,6292Fox Searchlight
9The Greatest Game Ever Played$3,657,736--1,014--$3,607$3,657,7361Disney
10The 40-Year-Old Virgin$3,120,961-28%2,152-429$1,450$101,407,6697Universal