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. 26 - Sun, Jun. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Doctor Dolittle (1998)$29,014,324--2,777--$10,448$29,014,3241Fox
2Mulan$17,017,845-25%2,92133$5,826$39,762,9882Disney
3The X-Files$13,282,108-56%2,65021$5,012$54,886,4042Fox
4Out of Sight$12,020,435--2,106--$5,708$12,020,4351Universal
5The Truman Show$8,505,589-32%2,9110$2,922$72,476,9994Paramount
6Six Days, Seven Nights$7,579,671-29%2,60627$2,909$34,767,5173Disney
7A Perfect Murder$5,273,527-29%2,438-317$2,163$40,549,0354Warner Bros.
8Hope Floats$2,435,158-25%1,459-417$1,669$33,757,6955Fox
9Can't Hardly Wait$2,138,505-44%1,901-86$1,125$13,988,3823Sony / Columbia
10The Horse Whisperer$1,885,386-27%1,419-433$1,329$34,681,9527Disney