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, Jan. 23 - Sun, Jan. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paul Blart: Mall Cop$21,623,214-32%3,1440$6,878$64,923,7252Sony / Columbia
2Underworld: Rise of the Lycans$20,829,446--2,942--$7,080$20,829,4461Sony / Screen Gems
3Gran Torino$16,245,042-26%3,04573$5,335$97,821,6603Warner Bros.
4Hotel for Dogs$12,861,097-24%3,2710$3,932$37,455,5952Paramount / DreamWorks
5Slumdog Millionaire$10,698,23183%1,411829$7,582$56,063,99711Fox Searchlight
6My Bloody Valentine 3D$10,011,847-53%2,5340$3,951$37,686,4022Lionsgate
7Inkheart$7,602,161--2,655--$2,863$7,602,1611Warner Bros. / New Line
8Bride Wars$6,869,377-41%2,621-607$2,621$48,570,1793Fox
9The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$6,085,0489%2,26340$2,689$111,125,9075Paramount
10Notorious (2009)$5,779,004-72%1,6413$3,522$31,873,7072Fox Searchlight