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, Apr. 3 - Sun, Apr. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1White Men Can't Jump$10,188,583-31%1,9285$5,285$24,899,7072Fox
2Basic Instinct$10,115,707-23%1,80636$5,601$49,117,2743TriStar
3Beethoven$7,587,565--1,688--$4,495$7,587,5651Universal
4Straight Talk$4,575,746--1,477--$3,098$4,575,7461Disney
5Thunderheart$4,507,425--1,035--$4,355$4,507,4251TriStar
6Wayne's World$4,425,600-23%1,8780$2,357$58,526,4268Paramount
7My Cousin Vinny$3,940,779-26%1,482-24$2,659$23,882,8614Fox
8Ladybugs$3,196,531-38%1,5280$2,092$8,376,9452Paramount
9Rock-A-Doodle$2,603,286--1,278--$2,037$2,603,2861Samuel Goldwyn
10Beauty and the Beast (1991)$1,965,71710%1,119-38$1,757$92,478,68120Disney