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 $1.4 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 2 - Sun, Aug. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Time to Kill$13,262,934-11%2,253130$5,887$28,086,0932Warner Bros.
2Independence Day$10,996,139-20%2,788-189$3,944$241,875,7245Fox
3Matilda$8,208,609--1,975--$4,156$8,208,6091Sony / TriStar
4Chain Reaction$7,545,944--2,255--$3,346$7,545,9441Fox
5Phenomenon$5,084,153-20%2,139111$2,377$48,668,7995Disney
6Kingpin$4,502,369-19%1,97519$2,280$10,084,4482MGM/UA
7Courage Under Fire$4,455,042-22%1,816-64$2,453$30,711,2164Fox
8The Nutty Professor (1996)$4,170,760-22%2,075-102$2,010$72,180,5526Universal
9Supercop$2,522,396-54%1,46963$1,717$8,025,5722Miramax / Dimension
10The Adventures of Pinocchio$1,929,466-50%1,879100$1,027$5,762,0172New Line