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, Aug. 18 - Sun, Aug. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Cell$17,515,050--2,411--$7,265$17,515,0501New Line
2Space Cowboys$9,476,221-27%2,8350$3,343$53,788,0893Warner Bros.
3The Replacements$7,215,305-35%2,7540$2,620$23,408,1592Warner Bros.
4What Lies Beneath$6,758,132-31%2,760-165$2,449$123,411,6855DreamWorks
5Nutty Professor II: The Klumps$6,307,740-38%2,969-282$2,125$104,294,7534Universal
6Hollow Man$6,010,644-54%2,9560$2,033$61,579,4063Sony / Columbia
7Autumn in New York$5,548,412-50%2,28227$2,431$16,535,4182MGM
8Coyote Ugly$5,023,192-36%2,539-125$1,978$30,189,5683Disney
9Bless the Child$4,837,688-49%2,521-3$1,919$14,251,3722Paramount
10Godzilla 2000$4,407,720--2,111--$2,088$4,407,7201Sony / TriStar