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. 13 - Sun, Jun. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Finding Nemo$28,384,066-39%3,42534$8,287$191,490,6443Disney
22 Fast 2 Furious$18,679,056-63%3,41810$5,465$83,584,3482Universal
3Bruce Almighty$14,240,179-36%3,477-72$4,096$193,820,9394Universal
4Rugrats Go Wild$11,556,521--3,041--$3,800$11,556,5211Paramount
5Hollywood Homicide$11,112,886--2,840--$3,913$11,112,8861Sony / Columbia
6Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd$10,845,064--2,609--$4,157$10,845,0641New Line
7The Italian Job$9,609,335-27%2,697-180$3,563$55,406,8633Paramount
8The Matrix Reloaded$5,745,210-37%2,350-875$2,445$257,491,2715Warner Bros.
9Daddy Day Care$2,204,307-52%1,982-731$1,112$92,327,1506Sony / Columbia
10X2: X-Men United$1,742,288-42%1,316-734$1,324$207,305,8177Fox