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. 27 - Sun, Apr. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Disturbia$9,023,371-31%3,04732$2,961$52,108,1033Paramount / DreamWorks
2The Invisible$7,717,314--2,019--$3,822$7,717,3141Disney
3Next$7,133,010--2,725--$2,618$7,133,0101Paramount
4Fracture$6,814,714-38%2,4430$2,789$21,077,8332New Line
5Blades of Glory$5,164,217-33%3,056-403$1,690$108,051,4435Paramount / DreamWorks
6Hot Fuzz$4,876,867-17%1,272447$3,834$12,604,0822Rogue
7Meet the Robinsons$4,840,982-31%2,461-542$1,967$88,357,5385Disney
8Vacancy$4,112,780-46%2,5510$1,612$13,780,8762Sony / Screen Gems
9The Condemned (2007)$3,806,991--2,310--$1,648$3,806,9911Lionsgate
10Are We Done Yet?$3,451,863-33%2,701-243$1,278$43,867,3054Sony / Columbia