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, May. 22 - Sun, May. 24

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lethal Weapon 3$22,375,410-33%2,5100$8,915$55,618,4962Warner Bros.
2AlienĀ³$19,449,429--2,227--$8,733$19,449,4291Fox
3Far and Away$12,948,940--1,583--$8,180$12,948,9401Universal
4Encino Man$9,866,120--2,050--$4,813$9,866,1201Disney
5Basic Instinct$2,583,948-15%1,600-251$1,615$97,594,64210TriStar
6Beethoven$2,347,7852%1,581-244$1,485$34,326,8658Universal
7Beauty and the Beast (1991)$2,151,630--1,075--$2,002$94,630,31127Disney
8White Men Can't Jump$1,684,468-13%1,280-403$1,316$52,002,0169Fox
9Ferngully: The Last Rainforest$998,67110%1,059-268$943$13,995,7947Fox