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 $1.4 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 30 - Sun, May. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Entrapment$20,145,595--2,814--$7,159$20,145,5951Fox
2The Matrix$8,716,419-31%2,9030$3,003$129,718,2805Warner Bros.
3Life$6,481,175-42%2,61316$2,480$38,153,9453Universal
4Never Been Kissed$4,072,477-32%2,481-19$1,641$30,335,1664Fox
5Analyze This$2,175,397-30%2,128-2$1,022$74,872,4019Warner Bros.
610 Things I Hate About You$1,811,809-33%2,020-215$897$21,642,3026Disney
7Idle Hands$1,807,181--1,611--$1,122$1,807,1811Sony / Columbia
8Lost and Found (1999)$1,254,596-59%2,4690$508$4,279,3052Warner Bros.
9Pushing Tin$1,250,045-65%1,2841$974$4,805,0772Fox
10Go$1,152,271-43%1,419-144$812$10,898,2074Sony / Columbia