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. 17 - Sun, Apr. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1City of Angels$12,332,194-20%2,329117$5,295$27,701,2422Warner Bros.
2The Object of My Affection$9,725,855--1,890--$5,146$9,725,8551Fox
3Lost in Space$7,451,911-44%3,3060$2,254$41,002,2223New Line
4Titanic$7,407,223-13%3,012-253$2,459$554,058,75118Paramount
5Paulie$5,370,465--1,553--$3,458$5,370,4651DreamWorks
6Species II$4,013,009-45%2,5100$1,599$11,287,0172MGM
7The Odd Couple II$3,775,347-22%1,852202$2,039$8,585,6352Paramount
8Mercury Rising$3,728,905-32%2,213-186$1,685$19,291,3453Universal
9Major League: Back to the Minors$2,087,011--2,322--$899$2,087,0111Warner Bros.
10As Good as It Gets$1,556,939-24%1,205-209$1,292$142,061,81317Sony / TriStar