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. 19 - Sun, Jul. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Road to Perdition$15,412,486-30%2,159362$7,139$47,304,7332DreamWorks
2Stuart Little 2$15,115,520--3,255--$4,644$15,115,5201Sony / Columbia
3Men in Black II$14,553,326-40%3,64130$3,997$158,127,5273Sony / Columbia
4K-19: The Widowmaker$12,778,590--2,828--$4,519$12,778,5901Paramount
5Reign of Fire$7,318,882-53%2,6290$2,784$29,247,4262Disney
6Mr. Deeds$7,311,962-33%2,823-416$2,590$107,629,1514Sony / Columbia
7Eight Legged Freaks$6,486,537--2,530--$2,564$9,080,6701Warner Bros.
8Halloween: Resurrection$5,520,536-55%2,094140$2,636$21,962,5542Miramax / Dimension
9Lilo & Stitch$4,972,857-38%2,127-813$2,338$128,429,5365Disney
10The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course$4,667,895-51%2,5250$1,849$18,732,6352MGM