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, May. 9 - Sun, May. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X2: X-Men United$40,031,753-53%3,7498$10,678$147,675,3832Fox
2Daddy Day Care$27,623,078--3,370--$8,197$27,623,0781Sony / Columbia
3The Lizzie McGuire Movie$7,208,768-58%2,8250$2,552$26,528,5232Disney
4Identity$6,477,305-31%2,618-115$2,474$39,380,2373Sony / Columbia
5Anger Management$5,738,970-32%2,819-652$2,036$123,182,4175Sony / Columbia
6Holes$4,860,610-30%2,45250$1,982$51,678,2144Disney
7Malibu's Most Wanted$2,129,475-47%2,008-332$1,060$31,751,8484Warner Bros.
8Confidence$1,539,607-39%1,188-683$1,296$11,058,9513Lionsgate
9It Runs in the Family (2003)$958,577-42%1,042-165$920$6,741,8053MGM
10Agent Cody Banks$394,059-6%1,224-180$322$47,287,4029MGM