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, Jun. 26 - Sun, Jun. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Batman Returns$25,424,666-44%2,6440$9,616$96,770,1392Warner Bros.
2Unlawful Entry$10,067,609--1,511--$6,663$10,067,6091Fox
3Sister Act$7,210,013-7%2,08712$3,455$47,641,7895Disney
4Housesitter$5,654,220-19%1,977213$2,860$21,781,8903Universal
5Patriot Games$5,321,352-31%2,284-112$2,330$42,763,1284Paramount
6Lethal Weapon 3$3,265,014-31%1,971-234$1,657$77,193,9027Warner Bros.
7Pinocchio (1940) (1992 re-issue)$3,145,140--1,907--$1,649$3,145,1401Disney
8Far and Away$2,460,305-18%1,668-78$1,475$35,263,3356Universal
9Encino Man$1,084,273-33%1,250-479$867$25,976,2076Disney
10AlienĀ³$1,001,574-34%1,185-316$845$40,783,2986Fox