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, Jul. 3 - Sun, Jul. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Armageddon$36,089,972--3,127--$11,541$54,203,0011Disney
2Doctor Dolittle (1998)$19,675,651-32%2,87194$6,853$48,689,9752Fox
3Mulan$11,476,524-33%2,95332$3,886$51,239,5123Disney
4Out of Sight$6,578,475-45%2,1126$3,115$18,598,9102Universal
5The X-Files$6,252,552-53%2,602-48$2,403$67,052,1773Fox
6The Truman Show$6,008,506-29%2,756-155$2,180$78,485,5055Paramount
7Six Days, Seven Nights$5,805,699-23%2,479-127$2,342$40,573,2164Disney
8A Perfect Murder$3,335,890-37%2,076-362$1,607$43,884,9255Warner Bros.
9Hope Floats$1,603,563-34%1,264-195$1,269$35,361,2586Fox
10The Horse Whisperer$1,341,274-29%1,048-371$1,280$36,023,2268Disney