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. 17 - Sun, May. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Twister (1996)$37,093,440-10%2,785371$13,319$78,152,8452Warner Bros.
2Flipper (1996)$4,209,525--2,385--$1,765$4,209,5251Universal
3The Craft$3,018,289-16%1,7620$1,713$13,341,1643Sony / Columbia
4The Truth About Cats & Dogs$2,907,920-25%1,6543$1,758$19,390,3544Fox
5Primal Fear$1,955,768-19%1,728-159$1,132$37,237,7677Paramount
6The Quest$1,632,610-24%1,967-125$830$15,023,0104Universal
7The Birdcage$1,274,938-21%1,181-100$1,080$87,190,89511MGM/UA
8The Great White Hype$836,157-37%1,183-316$707$5,509,2323Fox
9James and the Giant Peach$766,605-41%1,351-239$567$20,817,0296Disney