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, Mar. 28 - Sun, Mar. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Head of State$13,504,326--2,151--$6,278$13,504,3261DreamWorks
2Bringing Down the House$12,483,150-23%2,91039$4,290$100,070,5254Disney
3The Core$12,052,889--3,017--$3,995$12,052,8891Paramount
4Basic$11,511,265--2,876--$4,003$11,511,2651Sony / Columbia
5Chicago$7,210,72117%2,701136$2,670$144,665,51614Miramax
6Dreamcatcher$6,639,897-56%2,9450$2,255$25,645,1582Warner Bros.
7Agent Cody Banks$6,420,284-30%2,786-583$2,304$35,169,3143MGM
8Piglet's Big Movie$4,932,078-19%2,0840$2,367$12,732,0442Disney
9The Hunted$3,616,289-44%2,244-273$1,612$29,221,6233Paramount
10View from the Top$3,516,872-50%2,5080$1,402$12,254,4042Miramax