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. 7 - Sun, Jul. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Scary Movie$42,346,669--2,912--$14,542$42,346,6691Miramax / Dimension
2The Perfect Storm$27,118,925-34%3,4070$7,960$100,197,8892Warner Bros.
3The Patriot$15,420,167-31%3,0610$5,038$65,458,8272Sony / Columbia
4Disney's The Kid$12,687,726--2,167--$5,855$12,687,7261Disney
5Chicken Run$9,938,352-25%2,90150$3,426$40,637,4113DreamWorks
6Me, Myself & Irene$8,417,322-37%2,996-91$2,810$67,431,9143Fox
7Shaft$4,117,401-38%2,262-171$1,820$45,205,8084Paramount
8Big Momma's House$4,069,124-33%1,926-466$2,113$103,640,8676Fox
9The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle$3,934,753-42%2,48222$1,585$16,074,9252Universal
10Gone in 60 Seconds$3,607,896-32%1,871-780$1,928$86,545,9865Disney