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. 9 - Sun, Apr. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Clash of the Titans (2010)$26,633,209-57%3,80225$7,005$110,226,5242Warner Bros.
2Date Night$25,207,599--3,374--$7,471$25,207,5991Fox
3How to Train Your Dragon$24,863,535-14%4,007-53$6,205$133,404,4383Paramount / DreamWorks
4Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$11,017,379-62%2,1550$5,112$48,537,0392Lionsgate
5The Last Song$9,832,326-39%2,6741$3,677$42,255,1962Disney
6Hot Tub Time Machine$5,431,021-33%2,611-160$2,080$36,972,4703MGM
7Alice in Wonderland (2010)$5,301,730-35%2,530-450$2,096$319,009,5186Disney
8The Bounty Hunter$4,215,156-31%2,901-217$1,453$55,912,4694Sony / Columbia
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid$3,979,641-25%2,453-389$1,622$53,634,6714Fox