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, Aug. 8 - Sun, Aug. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight$26,117,636-39%4,025-241$6,489$441,634,5014Warner Bros.
2Pineapple Express$23,245,163--3,072--$7,567$41,319,1181Sony / Columbia
3The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$16,490,579-59%3,77818$4,365$71,049,9262Universal
4The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2$10,679,731--2,707--$3,945$19,622,1041Warner Bros.
5Step Brothers$9,129,007-45%3,18288$2,869$81,129,2123Sony / Columbia
6Mamma Mia!$8,207,828-35%3,194132$2,570$104,144,3844Universal
7Journey to the Center of the Earth$4,871,206-27%1,970-315$2,473$81,780,2245Warner Bros. / New Line
8Hancock$3,316,835-35%2,258-524$1,469$221,727,2906Sony / Columbia
9WALL-E$3,140,108-32%2,144-411$1,465$210,207,1837Disney
10Swing Vote$3,124,493-50%2,2130$1,412$12,019,6862Disney