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. 14 - Sun, Apr. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Boys (1995)$11,016,525-29%2,1320$5,167$32,502,4292Sony / Columbia
2Rob Roy$7,190,047255%1,5211388$4,727$9,213,3192MGM/UA
3A Goofy Movie$5,264,979-14%2,17617$2,420$11,394,5362Disney
4Jury Duty$4,831,622--2,169--$2,228$4,831,6221Sony / TriStar
5Tommy Boy$4,205,846-31%2,1860$1,924$18,352,4533Paramount
6Don Juan de Marco$3,704,804-19%1,211101$3,059$8,261,0782New Line
7Outbreak$2,863,295-29%1,825-321$1,569$44,778,3316Warner Bros.
8Dolores Claiborne$2,009,299-33%1,2560$1,600$15,240,9684Sony / Columbia
9Major Payne$1,947,240-32%1,803-188$1,080$17,061,8354Universal
10Forrest Gump$1,301,882-24%1,047-78$1,243$207,415,24541Paramount