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, Jun. 12 - Sun, Jun. 14

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Truman Show$20,010,580-37%2,862547$6,992$51,552,7012Paramount
2Six Days, Seven Nights$16,485,276--2,550--$6,465$16,485,2761Disney
3A Perfect Murder$11,277,743-32%2,8450$3,964$27,893,4472Warner Bros.
4Can't Hardly Wait$8,025,910--1,987--$4,039$8,025,9101Sony / Columbia
5Godzilla (1998)$6,203,565-36%3,3100$1,874$123,656,8124Sony / TriStar
6Hope Floats$5,293,582-38%2,4040$2,202$28,055,5723Fox
7Deep Impact$4,406,846-34%2,624-656$1,679$128,686,9846Paramount
8The Horse Whisperer$3,948,234-25%2,286-76$1,727$30,220,1505Disney
9Dirty Work$3,634,236--1,776--$2,046$3,634,2361MGM
10Bulworth$1,201,313-45%1,061-733$1,132$18,872,4575Fox