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, Nov. 28 - Sun, Nov. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Four Christmases$31,070,453--3,310--$9,387$46,054,7061Warner Bros. / New Line
2Bolt$26,580,8211%3,6543$7,274$66,848,9002Disney
3Twilight (2008)$26,342,909-62%3,4256$7,691$119,705,6452Summit
4Quantum of Solace$18,834,678-29%3,50143$5,380$141,419,3783Sony / Columbia
5Australia$14,801,313--2,642--$5,602$20,005,5451Fox
6Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa$14,207,114-9%3,709-298$3,830$159,066,0084Paramount / DreamWorks
7Transporter 3$12,062,918--2,626--$4,594$18,230,5661Lionsgate
8Role Models$5,284,000-28%2,195-538$2,407$57,871,1924Universal
9Changeling$1,207,273-55%1,010-729$1,195$33,852,1576Universal
10High School Musical 3: Senior Year$1,061,326-48%1,385-976$766$88,748,0356Disney