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. 1 - Sun, Jun. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End$44,206,673-61%4,3620$10,134$217,546,7552Disney
2Knocked Up$30,691,788--2,871--$10,690$30,691,7881Universal
3Shrek the Third$28,020,923-47%4,109-63$6,819$255,929,9133Paramount / DreamWorks
4Mr. Brooks$10,017,165--2,453--$4,084$10,017,1651MGM
5Spider-Man 3$7,577,251-47%3,402-321$2,227$318,338,8565Sony / Columbia
6Gracie$1,357,411--1,164--$1,166$1,357,4111Picturehouse
7Bug (2007)$1,287,761-60%1,6610$775$6,160,4652Lionsgate
828 Weeks Later$1,214,361-52%1,121-892$1,083$26,591,4184Fox Atomic
9Disturbia$1,112,635-42%1,035-597$1,075$76,702,3378Paramount / DreamWorks