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. 20 - Sun, May. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maverick$17,248,545--2,537--$6,799$17,248,5451Warner Bros.
2The Crow$7,921,491-33%2,119546$3,738$19,695,8232Miramax / Dimension
3When a Man Loves a Woman$6,515,896-31%1,486188$4,385$16,609,6082Disney
4Crooklyn$2,458,140-42%1,0352$2,375$6,667,6152Universal
5Four Weddings and a Funeral$1,912,615-31%1,045-24$1,830$27,315,90311Gramercy
6With Honors$1,609,039-44%1,191-31$1,351$12,567,8774Warner Bros.
73 Ninjas Kick Back$1,502,524-45%2,005-38$749$7,770,9033TriStar
8No Escape$811,006-53%1,277-395$635$10,262,7564Savoy
9Clean Slate$694,525-54%1,427-47$487$5,329,2573MGM