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, Feb. 2 - Sun, Feb. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Messengers$14,713,163--2,528--$5,820$14,713,1631Sony / Screen Gems
2Because I Said So$13,124,048--2,526--$5,196$13,124,0481Universal
3Epic Movie$8,411,985-55%2,84039$2,962$29,556,0362Fox
4Night at the Museum$6,385,448-33%3,003-238$2,126$225,002,6727Fox
5Smokin' Aces$6,112,056-58%2,2191$2,754$24,742,4842Universal
6Stomp the Yard$4,055,695-47%2,16954$1,870$55,859,0864Sony / Screen Gems
7Dreamgirls$4,001,125-41%2,79712$1,431$92,752,9116Paramount / DreamWorks
8Pan's Labyrinth$3,682,727-23%1,082259$3,404$21,712,3226Picturehouse
9The Pursuit of Happyness$2,966,369-40%2,233-455$1,328$157,216,9928Sony / Columbia
10The Queen$2,650,134-34%1,85020$1,433$45,409,28319Miramax