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. 4 - Sun, Sep. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Final Destination$12,368,874-55%3,1210$3,963$47,510,0422Warner Bros. / New Line
2Inglourious Basterds$11,629,745-40%3,358193$3,463$91,823,4303Weinstein Company
3All About Steve$11,240,343--2,251--$4,993$11,240,3431Fox
4Gamer$9,157,616--2,502--$3,660$9,157,6161Lionsgate
5District 9$7,077,033-31%3,139-41$2,255$101,351,1364Sony / TriStar
6Halloween II (2009)$5,746,469-65%3,08863$1,861$25,800,9122Weinstein / Dimension
7Julie & Julia$5,324,236-24%2,52825$2,106$78,970,2385Sony / Columbia
8G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra$5,174,450-33%2,846-621$1,818$139,489,6075Paramount
9Extract$4,339,545--1,611--$2,694$4,339,5451Miramax
10The Time Traveler's Wife$4,326,344-33%2,803-158$1,543$54,671,9704Warner Bros. / New Line