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. 22 - Sun, Apr. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Interpreter$22,822,597--2,758--$8,275$22,822,5971Universal
2The Amityville Horror (2005)$13,708,400--3,3230$4,125$43,318,2852MGM
3Sahara (2005)$9,028,034--3,20046$2,821$48,948,9313Paramount
4A Lot Like Love$7,575,927--2,502--$3,028$7,575,9271Disney
5Kung Fu Hustle$6,749,572--2,5032496$2,697$7,268,7203Sony Pictures Classics
6Fever Pitch (2005)$5,510,149--2,875-400$1,917$31,511,8483Fox
7Sin City$3,726,675--2,343-659$1,591$67,271,5384Miramax / Dimension
8Guess Who$3,514,469--2,484-515$1,415$62,391,2915Sony / Columbia
9Robots$3,417,932--2,072-404$1,650$120,286,4977Fox
10King's Ransom$2,137,685--1,508--$1,418$2,137,6851New Line