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, Jan. 19 - Sun, Jan. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stomp the Yard$12,286,706-44%2,0510$5,991$40,550,9972Sony / Screen Gems
2Night at the Museum$12,011,812-30%3,483-129$3,449$204,855,5425Fox
3Dreamgirls$8,009,389-4%2,214307$3,618$77,419,7164Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hitcher (2007)$7,818,239--2,831--$2,762$7,818,2391Rogue
5The Pursuit of Happyness$6,310,502-29%3,066-103$2,058$146,120,5416Sony / Columbia
6Freedom Writers$5,205,997-29%2,286107$2,277$26,522,9743Paramount
7Children of Men$3,711,141-42%1,52416$2,435$27,492,3633Universal
8The Queen$3,400,061205%1,5861242$2,144$35,495,37217Miramax
9Arthur and the Invisibles$3,081,458-28%2,2481$1,371$9,270,2594MGM (Weinstein)
10Alpha Dog$2,990,600-53%1,2923$2,315$11,785,5902Universal