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. 9 - Sun, Jun. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Congo$24,642,539--2,649--$9,303$24,642,5391Paramount
2Casper$10,928,531-19%2,75636$3,965$54,991,8903Universal
3The Bridges of Madison County$9,344,123-11%1,982177$4,714$19,863,3802Warner Bros.
4Die Hard: With A Vengeance$6,619,186-29%2,57961$2,567$41,998,2814Fox
5Braveheart$5,489,172-27%2,0350$2,697$25,930,3383Paramount
6Crimson Tide$5,109,560-22%2,148-235$2,379$41,788,0045Disney
7Forget Paris$2,526,303-28%1,6090$1,570$19,569,3344Sony / Columbia
8While You Were Sleeping$2,388,885-21%1,446-135$1,652$50,459,5058Disney
9Johnny Mnemonic$1,575,721-51%1,662-373$948$15,250,1243Sony / TriStar
10Mad Love (1995)$1,228,641-49%1,356-144$906$10,443,4313Disney