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, Apr. 19 - Sun, Apr. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Scorpion King$36,076,354--3,444--$10,475$36,076,3541Universal
2Changing Lanes$11,068,372-35%2,64229$4,189$32,763,9012Paramount
3Murder by Numbers$9,307,635--2,663--$3,495$9,307,6351Warner Bros.
4The Rookie (2002)$6,451,836-20%2,507-13$2,574$53,832,5334Disney
5Panic Room$6,004,655-43%2,825-294$2,126$84,422,6864Sony / Columbia
6Ice Age$5,902,948-31%2,820-191$2,093$159,628,3226Fox
7The Sweetest Thing$5,105,243-46%2,6700$1,912$16,912,5882Sony / Columbia
8High Crimes$3,923,069-48%2,409-338$1,629$30,907,5223Fox
9Clockstoppers$2,826,455-39%2,188-324$1,292$31,850,6654Paramount
10Frailty$2,165,374-49%1,4970$1,446$7,624,8592Lionsgate