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. 17 - Sun, Apr. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
117 Again$23,723,170--3,255--$7,288$23,723,1701Warner Bros. / New Line
2State of Play$14,071,630--2,803--$5,020$14,071,6301Universal
3Hannah Montana: The Movie$13,406,745-59%3,1180$4,300$56,872,8772Disney
4Monsters vs. Aliens$13,240,704-39%3,662-474$3,616$163,067,6244Paramount / DreamWorks
5Fast & Furious$11,774,924-57%3,674202$3,205$136,205,0873Universal
6Crank: High Voltage$6,964,185--2,223--$3,133$6,964,1851Lionsgate
7Observe and Report$4,174,738-62%2,7270$1,531$18,814,7062Warner Bros.
8Knowing$3,575,979-44%2,405-520$1,487$73,794,6675Summit
9I Love You, Man$3,327,568-47%2,202-441$1,511$64,613,4995Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Haunting in Connecticut$3,115,706-47%2,255-466$1,382$51,885,5164Lionsgate