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, Jul. 14 - Sun, Jul. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest$62,345,206-54%4,1330$15,085$258,362,9212Disney
2Little Man$21,613,826--2,533--$8,533$21,613,8261Sony / Columbia
3You, Me and Dupree$21,526,194--3,131--$6,875$21,526,1941Universal
4Superman Returns$12,288,682-44%3,765-300$3,264$164,320,5593Warner Bros.
5The Devil Wears Prada$10,387,403-31%2,810-72$3,697$83,489,8253Fox
6Cars$7,840,769-27%3,003-376$2,611$219,996,8556Disney
7Click$7,262,035-39%3,296-162$2,203$119,965,2914Sony / Columbia
8The Lake House$1,665,571-42%1,710-710$974$49,001,4265Warner Bros.
9Nacho Libre$1,614,826-52%1,501-761$1,076$77,233,6435Paramount
10The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift$1,169,011-54%1,140-728$1,025$59,857,8205Universal