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, Apr. 30 - Sun, May. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mean Girls$24,432,371--2,839--$8,606$24,432,3711Paramount
2Man on Fire (2004)$15,012,918-34%2,9866$5,028$44,298,1842Fox
313 Going on 30$9,876,019-53%3,45315$2,860$35,058,4072Sony / Columbia
4Godsend$6,800,617--2,323--$2,928$6,800,6171Lionsgate
5Laws of Attraction$6,728,905--2,449--$2,748$6,728,9051New Line
6Envy$6,161,691--2,445--$2,520$6,161,6911DreamWorks
7Kill Bill Vol. 2$5,858,536-44%2,674-399$2,191$52,663,0893Miramax
8The Punisher$3,499,450-44%2,267-382$1,544$29,748,7703Lionsgate
9Home on the Range$2,306,612-35%2,010-471$1,148$45,594,9755Disney
10Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed$2,290,563-33%1,915-505$1,196$79,680,2786Warner Bros.