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. 4 - Sun, Apr. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121$15,337,959-36%2,6535$5,781$46,771,1932Sony / Columbia
2Nim's Island$13,210,184--3,513--$3,760$13,210,1841Fox
3Leatherheads$12,682,911--2,769--$4,580$12,682,9111Universal
4Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!$9,114,819-49%3,571-255$2,552$131,074,6814Fox
5The Ruins$8,003,749--2,812--$2,846$8,003,7491Paramount / DreamWorks
6Superhero Movie$5,418,714-43%2,9655$1,828$16,901,7532MGM / Weinstein
7Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns$3,419,467-54%1,554-462$2,200$37,665,6163Lionsgate
8Drillbit Taylor$3,406,463-40%2,707-354$1,258$25,489,6323Paramount
9Shutter (2008)$2,830,296-46%2,125-631$1,332$23,138,9873Fox
1010,000 B.C.$2,799,171-43%2,335-720$1,199$89,351,6795Warner Bros.