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 $1.4 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 15 - Sun, Aug. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tropic Thunder$25,812,398--3,319--$7,777$36,845,7291Paramount / DreamWorks
2The Dark Knight$16,378,695-37%3,590-435$4,562$471,088,4235Warner Bros.
3Star Wars: The Clone Wars$14,610,727--3,452--$4,233$14,610,7271Warner Bros.
4Mirrors$11,161,299--2,664--$4,190$11,161,2991Fox
5Pineapple Express$9,807,298-58%3,0720$3,192$62,740,8672Sony / Columbia
6The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor$8,205,240-50%3,363-415$2,440$86,245,9523Universal
7Mamma Mia!$6,095,450-26%2,771-423$2,200$116,012,6205Universal
8The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2$5,785,024-46%2,7147$2,132$32,005,5982Warner Bros.
9Step Brothers$4,808,016-47%2,648-534$1,816$90,692,0524Sony / Columbia
10Journey to the Center of the Earth$3,348,394-31%1,405-565$2,383$88,008,7846Warner Bros. / New Line