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, Mar. 23 - Sun, Mar. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1TMNT$24,255,202--3,110--$7,799$24,255,2021Warner Bros.
2300$19,862,458-40%3,28010$6,056$161,705,9163Warner Bros.
3Shooter$14,523,255--2,806--$5,176$14,523,2551Paramount
4Wild Hogs$13,851,312-27%3,40141$4,073$123,305,2524Disney
5The Last Mimzy$10,024,819--3,017--$3,323$10,024,8191New Line
6The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)$9,686,216--2,447--$3,958$9,686,2161Fox Atomic
7Premonition$9,563,034-46%2,8310$3,378$31,655,4322Sony / Columbia
8Reign Over Me$7,460,702--1,671--$4,465$7,460,7021Sony / Columbia
9Pride (2007)$3,533,081--1,518--$2,327$3,533,0811Lionsgate
10Dead Silence$3,439,168-56%1,8061$1,904$13,215,1442Universal