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, Jun. 14 - Sun, Jun. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Scooby-Doo$54,154,815--3,447--$15,711$54,154,8151Warner Bros.
2The Bourne Identity$27,118,837--2,638--$10,280$27,118,8371Universal
3Windtalkers$14,520,412--2,898--$5,010$14,520,4121MGM
4The Sum of All Fears$13,456,336-30%3,23012$4,166$84,471,2333Paramount
5Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones$9,438,630-33%2,401-760$3,931$270,751,0235Fox
6Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood$8,874,585-45%2,5070$3,540$34,000,8502Warner Bros.
7Spider-Man$7,515,628-27%2,702-533$2,782$382,534,9317Sony / Columbia
8Bad Company (2002)$5,873,056-47%2,9440$1,995$21,585,0342Disney
9Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron$5,224,253-44%2,873-489$1,818$63,498,6254DreamWorks
10Undercover Brother$4,424,859-39%1,832-337$2,415$31,355,8153Universal