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, Dec. 29 - Sun, Dec. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night at the Museum$36,766,45221%3,76880$9,758$115,824,5872Fox
2The Pursuit of Happyness$19,363,04231%2,8707$6,747$98,408,1953Sony / Columbia
3Charlotte's Web (2006)$11,675,47454%3,74517$3,118$52,534,2553Paramount
4The Good Shepherd$11,000,56310%2,2183$4,960$35,064,3102Universal
5Rocky Balboa$10,572,607-13%3,0192$3,502$47,941,7132MGM
6Eragon$8,206,55417%2,985-45$2,749$56,419,9973Fox
7We Are Marshall$8,089,85032%2,6060$3,104$24,029,8782Warner Bros.
8Happy Feet$7,651,14548%2,5650$2,983$175,977,2027Warner Bros.
9The Holiday$6,718,76539%2,69863$2,490$50,031,8584Sony / Columbia
10Blood Diamond$4,896,16157%1,9200$2,550$35,724,5164Warner Bros.