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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Sep. 8 1999

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 8 1999LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sixth Sense$1,609,787-7%2,77512$580$178,951,4755Disney
2The 13th Warrior$447,410-20%2,3137$193$23,055,1812Disney
3Runaway Bride$348,487-16%3,10515$112$136,025,0776Paramount
4The Thomas Crown Affair$311,607-17%1,977-118$158$58,012,8385MGM
5Bowfinger$297,536-18%2,702-30$110$56,532,3904Universal
6Mickey Blue Eyes$231,993-17%2,230-343$104$27,981,9593Warner Bros.
7Outside Providence$185,886-24%1,0500$177$4,327,7071Miramax
8The Muse$150,816-11%1,262-1$120$8,537,5762October
9American Pie$87,229-24%1,095200$80$99,163,3279Universal
10Inspector Gadget$73,303-38%1,545-164$47$90,617,1947Disney