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, Jul. 3 - Sun, Jul. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dragnet$7,042,650-33%1,3436$5,244$17,585,3192Universal
2Spaceballs$4,779,962-28%1,3895$3,441$11,393,7992MGM
3Innerspace$4,739,913--1,603--$2,957$4,739,9131Warner Bros.
4Beverly Hills Cop II$4,532,907-18%1,980-211$2,289$96,282,3057Paramount
5The Witches of Eastwick$4,255,271-33%1,33720$3,183$28,270,1414Warner Bros.
6The Untouchables$4,042,613-20%1,476-15$2,739$33,261,2855Paramount
7Predator$4,000,063-23%1,597-35$2,505$29,480,1084Fox
8Roxanne$3,284,539-14%1,033176$3,180$11,687,2333Columbia
9Adventures in Babysitting$2,901,297--1,126--$2,577$2,901,2971Disney
10Benji the Hunted$2,411,336-31%1,1880$2,030$9,006,4555Disney