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. 8 - Sun, May. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Deep Impact$41,151,578--3,156--$13,039$41,151,5781Paramount
2City of Angels$4,718,049-29%2,4330$1,939$48,038,0235Warner Bros.
3He Got Game$3,710,911-51%1,3223$2,807$11,321,5742Disney
4Titanic$3,177,302-21%2,256-404$1,408$569,808,80521Paramount
5Les Miserables (1998)$2,753,148-45%1,4770$1,864$7,764,9882Sony / Columbia
6Paulie$2,550,231-32%1,8129$1,407$18,333,0994DreamWorks
7The Big Hit$2,332,176-59%2,1490$1,085$18,892,6533Sony / Columbia
8Black Dog$2,285,705-52%2,05025$1,115$7,095,0802Universal
9The Object of My Affection$2,100,093-38%1,818-172$1,155$20,380,9644Fox
10Lost in Space$1,496,964-50%1,769-502$846$49,494,1506New Line