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. 29 - Sun, Oct. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Open Season (2006)$23,624,418--3,833--$6,163$23,624,4181Sony / Columbia
2The Guardian (2006)$18,006,358--3,241--$5,556$18,006,3581Disney
3jackass: number two$14,605,471-50%3,0634$4,768$52,070,3212Paramount
4School for Scoundrels (2006)$8,603,092--3,004--$2,864$8,603,0921MGM / Weinstein
5Jet Li's Fearless$4,983,865-53%1,8104$2,754$18,071,5632Rogue
6Gridiron Gang$4,582,459-52%3,033-477$1,511$33,258,0283Sony / Columbia
7The Illusionist (2006)$2,738,761-18%1,319-113$2,076$31,386,0357Yari Film Group
8Flyboys$2,351,256-61%2,0330$1,157$9,946,7552MGM
9The Black Dahlia$2,130,480-52%2,009-227$1,060$20,742,1073Universal
10Little Miss Sunshine$1,991,977-29%1,065-319$1,870$53,138,32210Fox Searchlight