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. 23 - Sun, Jun. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Click$40,011,111--3,749--$10,672$40,011,1111Sony / Columbia
2Cars$23,284,564-31%3,949-39$5,896$156,661,2463Disney
3Nacho Libre$12,699,772-55%3,08313$4,119$53,221,7462Paramount
4The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift$9,802,516-59%3,0303$3,235$43,146,2702Universal
5Waist Deep$9,404,180--1,004--$9,367$9,404,1801Rogue
6The Lake House$8,833,046-35%2,6450$3,340$29,778,0592Warner Bros.
7The Break-Up$6,596,068-33%2,906-240$2,270$104,235,6384Universal
8Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties$5,210,132-29%2,98135$1,748$16,484,0422Fox
9X-Men: The Last Stand$4,841,016-38%2,408-404$2,010$224,503,5715Fox
10The Da Vinci Code$4,050,663-23%1,911-502$2,120$205,591,0496Sony / Columbia