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. 16 - Sun, Apr. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indecent Proposal$14,724,600-20%1,847153$7,972$33,112,2322Paramount
2The Sandlot$4,929,0100%1,7753$2,777$9,847,7222Fox
3Boiling Point$4,006,019--1,425--$2,811$4,006,0191Warner Bros.
4Cop and a Half$3,317,050-26%1,7937$1,850$13,853,9853Universal
5The Adventures of Huck Finn$2,958,174-30%1,767-36$1,674$12,193,9973Disney
6Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III$2,025,796-36%2,042-45$992$29,689,2105New Line
7Unforgiven$1,534,587-24%1,02681$1,496$91,101,15737Warner Bros.
8Point of No Return$1,406,620-31%1,250-106$1,125$19,731,0995Warner Bros.
9The Crush$1,319,907-50%1,332-427$991$8,993,0253Warner Bros.
10Born Yesterday$1,153,633-38%1,101-142$1,048$12,590,3264Disney