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. 27 - Sun, Jul. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Presumed Innocent$11,718,981--1,349--$8,687$11,718,9811Warner Bros.
2Ghost$11,074,738-12%1,694294$6,538$35,789,5733Paramount
3Problem Child$10,026,900--1,714--$5,850$10,026,9001Universal
4Arachnophobia$8,162,0341%1,831352$4,458$16,207,7942Disney
5Die Hard 2: Die Harder$5,953,068-41%2,116-209$2,813$52,229,2744Fox
6The Freshman$4,222,4001951%1,0401034$4,060$4,428,2762TriStar
7The Jungle Book (re-issue) (1990)$4,016,178-34%1,795-128$2,237$17,779,7343Disney
8Navy Seals$3,338,964-49%1,3476$2,479$9,882,7962Orion
9Days of Thunder$3,267,823-41%1,991-196$1,641$43,171,9065Paramount
10Dick Tracy$1,751,976-44%1,223-449$1,433$64,525,8227Disney