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, Jul. 12 - Sun, Jul. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Independence Day$35,242,046-30%2,90826$12,119$160,311,9042Fox
2Phenomenon$12,975,141-20%1,973336$6,576$29,134,0422Disney
3Courage Under Fire$12,501,586--1,986--$6,295$12,501,5861Fox
4The Nutty Professor (1996)$12,207,690-30%2,17840$5,605$55,108,3223Universal
5Harriet the Spy$6,601,651--1,826--$3,615$6,601,6511Paramount
6The Hunchback of Notre Dame$6,425,235-28%2,671-164$2,406$50,665,9624Disney
7Eraser$6,307,035-28%2,506-50$2,517$56,829,0344Warner Bros.
8The Rock$4,382,033-31%1,848-289$2,371$117,437,8166Disney
9Striptease$3,016,200-37%1,841-138$1,638$20,154,8843Sony / Columbia
10Twister (1996)$1,848,700-33%1,292-585$1,431$139,166,97510Warner Bros.