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. 14 - Sun, May. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mummy (1999)$24,856,192-43%3,22616$7,705$80,581,6982Universal
2Entrapment$9,076,399-26%2,87924$3,153$41,548,7173Fox
3The Matrix$4,548,418-23%2,715-145$1,675$145,140,7667Warner Bros.
4A Midsummer Night's Dream$4,285,620--1,080--$3,968$4,285,6201Fox Searchlight
5Life$2,864,520-21%2,247-191$1,275$44,663,2755Universal
6Never Been Kissed$2,499,653-17%2,274-130$1,099$35,839,7466Fox
7Analyze This$921,133-47%1,588-407$580$77,520,09911Warner Bros.
810 Things I Hate About You$911,194-19%1,386-326$657$23,684,3538Disney
9The Out-of-Towners$581,578-25%1,186-120$490$20,830,5317Paramount
10Idle Hands$333,115-53%1,074-537$310$2,841,9743Sony / Columbia