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, Sep. 5 - Sun, Sep. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bangkok Dangerous$7,783,450--2,650--$2,937$7,783,4501Lionsgate
2Tropic Thunder$7,230,564-37%3,446-27$2,098$96,540,6054Paramount / DreamWorks
3The Dark Knight$5,515,570-36%2,575-175$2,142$512,010,6718Warner Bros.
4The House Bunny$5,513,348-34%2,73622$2,015$33,561,6173Sony / Columbia
5Traitor$4,272,534-46%2,10854$2,027$17,265,9172Overture
6Babylon A.D.$4,181,802-56%3,42535$1,221$17,379,5692Fox
7Death Race$3,711,336-41%2,58649$1,435$29,908,7983Universal
8Disaster Movie$3,032,783-48%2,6420$1,148$10,605,3702Lionsgate
9Mamma Mia!$2,856,015-32%1,904-64$1,500$136,438,5248Universal
10Pineapple Express$2,256,858-36%1,802-245$1,252$84,013,0185Sony / Columbia