Weekend Box Office: “Sniper” snipes away, “Almanac” so-so, “Loft” bombs

boxoffice“American Sniper” may very well set a Super Bowl weekend box office record, as Friday’s take suggests it is on a pace to better the $31.1 million that a “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus” concert film did a few years back.

I could see “Sniper” doing just that, as I sense a somewhat muted response to this Super Bowl — overexposed, tainted teams, etc.

Could Spongebob Squarepants be the movie hero to take down Eastwood’s first-person shooter movie? Or will that be “Fifty Shades of Grey?”

“Paddington” is bearing down on $50 million, and will be close by Sunday night.

“Project Almanac” is managing a middling $7 million or so, poor for a teen centric sci-fi shakey cam picture. “Black or White” won’t hit $7.

Open Road’s “The Loft,” released with zero fanfare or press coverage, finishes off a desultory January by bombing, big time. A $1-2 million take is all Karl Urban & Co. can manage. None of the new openings are truly awful, but there’s no reason to turn off the game to go see “Almanac” or “Loft.” “Black or White” could appeal to non football fans.

“The Imitation Game” is having the longest legs of any lower-budget Oscar contender. It’s closing in on $70 million.

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