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. 9 - Sun, Jul. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Pie$18,709,700--2,508--$7,460$18,709,7001Universal
2Wild Wild West$16,833,040-39%3,3420$5,037$76,568,5782Warner Bros.
3Big Daddy$16,030,412-20%3,254133$4,926$77,580,1973Sony / Columbia
4Tarzan (1999)$10,811,295-22%3,13128$3,453$83,143,6364Disney
5The General's Daughter$7,929,825-26%2,710-148$2,926$56,146,6704Paramount
6Arlington Road$7,515,145--1,631--$4,608$7,515,1451Sony / Columbia
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace$7,493,049-21%2,447-181$3,062$385,187,9488Fox
8South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut$7,062,131-38%2,1280$3,319$35,260,9652Paramount
9Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me$6,827,232-24%2,608-483$2,618$150,278,8775New Line
10Summer of Sam$3,466,010-42%1,5360$2,257$14,092,0972Disney