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, Nov. 4 - Sun, Nov. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chicken Little$40,049,339--3,654--$10,960$40,049,3391Disney
2Jarhead$27,726,239--2,411--$11,500$27,726,2391Universal
3Saw II$16,853,582-47%2,9490$5,715$60,120,9102Lionsgate
4The Legend of Zorro$10,023,775-39%3,5200$2,848$30,313,1912Sony / Columbia
5Prime$5,144,218-17%1,83710$2,800$13,336,1302Universal
6Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story$4,794,389-22%2,617126$1,832$23,819,6153DreamWorks
7The Weather Man$2,870,329-32%1,5100$1,901$8,639,4052Paramount
8Flightplan$2,290,546-16%1,445-321$1,585$84,412,0417Disney
9North Country$2,153,445-40%2,211-344$974$15,650,5423Warner Bros.
10Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit$2,099,833-51%2,278-657$922$52,826,2145DreamWorks