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.

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

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$25,500,000-61%3,980135$6,407$114,742,2362Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$24,000,000-43%3,697-391$6,492$221,545,8213Disney
3Let's Be Cops$17,200,000--3,094--$5,559$25,607,2641Fox
4The Expendables 3$16,000,000--3,221--$4,967$16,000,0001Lionsgate
5The Giver$11,850,000--3,003--$3,946$11,850,0001Weinstein Company
6Into the Storm$7,800,000-55%3,4340$2,271$31,421,4362Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hundred-Foot Journey$6,850,000-38%2,04320$3,353$23,360,1312Disney / DreamWorks
8Lucy$5,200,000-45%2,520-627$2,063$107,419,5054Universal
9Step Up All In$2,520,000-61%2,0720$1,216$11,669,3342Lionsgate / Summit
10Hercules (2014)$1,950,000-66%1,475-1421$1,322$67,991,2224Paramount
11Get On Up$1,800,000-65%1,101-1368$1,635$26,900,6553Universal
12Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,770,000-59%1,262-1044$1,403$201,682,3606Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge: Anarchy$1,750,000-23%575-1027$3,043$71,244,3805Universal
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,000,000-59%960-1320$1,042$55,695,7595Disney
3What If$900,000572%787767$1,144$1,105,8552CBS Films
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$540,000-22%377-149$1,432$171,202,59310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Calvary$400,00057%13187$3,053$890,0363Fox Searchlight
6Sex Tape$355,000-68%317-627$1,120$37,794,3805Sony / Columbia
7And So It Goes$320,000-73%362-749$884$14,311,4274Clarius Entertainment
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$231,000-17%223-4$1,036$232,471,05313Fox
922 Jump Street$200,000-43%172-141$1,163$189,910,10010Sony / Columbia
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$180,000-69%206-374$874$243,316,9308Paramount
11The Fault in Our Stars$165,000-18%206-17$801$124,162,16011Fox
12Chef$155,000-52%122-120$1,270$29,282,82115Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fluffy Movie$37,000-61%51-105$725$2,781,9644Open Road