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. 11 - Sun, Apr. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anaconda$16,620,887--2,456--$6,767$16,620,8871Sony / Columbia
2Liar Liar$14,485,696-21%2,8802$5,030$120,015,4214Universal
3The Saint$10,807,568-34%2,449142$4,413$27,086,4412Paramount
4Grosse Pointe Blank$6,870,397--1,227--$5,599$6,870,3971Disney
5The Devil's Own$4,180,149-40%2,355-149$1,775$25,467,8523Sony / Columbia
6That Old Feeling$3,461,835-32%1,59924$2,165$8,564,9102Universal
7Jungle 2 Jungle$2,223,249-30%1,751-299$1,270$39,318,6716Disney
8Double Team$2,108,589-58%2,2030$957$7,143,5032Sony / Columbia
9Scream$2,016,006--1,270--$1,587$62,387,27315Miramax / Dimension
10The 6th Man$1,704,717-40%1,185-46$1,439$8,688,3293Disney