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. 4 - Sun, Jun. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cliffhanger$12,152,776-25%2,3374$5,200$37,174,0162TriStar
2Made in America (1993)$7,483,403-37%2,0480$3,654$19,304,7292Warner Bros.
3Guilty as Sin$5,713,708--1,132--$5,047$5,713,7081Disney
4Dave$4,834,257-46%1,9160$2,523$37,457,1635Warner Bros.
5Hot Shots! Part Deux$4,427,835-46%2,075-65$2,134$22,900,0113Fox
6Super Mario Bros.$4,231,494-50%2,0810$2,033$12,764,1172Disney
7Life with Mikey$3,606,279--1,366--$2,640$3,606,2791Disney
8Sliver$3,560,950-52%2,0930$1,701$23,050,2513Paramount
9Indecent Proposal$2,055,760-38%1,557-45$1,320$67,386,1789Paramount
10Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story$1,221,585-53%1,186-759$1,030$23,799,9855Universal