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. 29 - Sun, May. 31

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (1998)$18,021,245-59%3,3100$5,444$99,327,1012Sony / TriStar
2Hope Floats$14,210,464--2,367--$6,004$14,210,4641Fox
3Deep Impact$10,078,694-36%3,28030$3,073$112,003,4884Paramount
4The Horse Whisperer$7,338,090-38%2,189140$3,352$21,023,5783Disney
5Bulworth$4,827,745-54%2,0514$2,354$15,485,4003Fox
6Almost Heroes$2,837,928--2,048--$1,386$2,837,9281Warner Bros.
7Quest for Camelot$2,356,063-63%2,449-658$962$14,707,4583Warner Bros.
8Titanic$1,783,028-40%1,562-446$1,142$579,405,81224Paramount
9Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas$1,762,805-59%1,1304$1,560$6,097,9002Universal
10City of Angels$1,616,268-50%1,548-419$1,044$56,003,0178Warner Bros.