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, Oct. 19 - Sun, Oct. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
130 Days of Night$15,951,763--2,855--$5,587$15,951,7631Sony / Columbia
2Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?$12,186,181-43%2,03423$5,991$38,950,4022Lionsgate
3The Game Plan$8,178,630-26%3,301173$2,478$69,206,1014Disney
4Michael Clayton$6,677,091-36%2,58574$2,583$21,563,0013Warner Bros.
5The Comebacks$5,555,610--2,812--$1,976$5,555,6101Fox Atomic
6Gone Baby Gone$5,501,406--1,713--$3,212$5,501,4061Miramax
7We Own the Night$5,421,951-50%2,3620$2,295$19,706,4672Sony / Columbia
8Rendition$4,060,012--2,250--$1,804$4,060,0121New Line
9The Heartbreak Kid$3,815,586-48%2,782-451$1,372$32,026,2133Paramount / DreamWorks
10Elizabeth: The Golden Age$3,150,605-49%2,0065$1,571$11,225,6912Universal