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 Mon, Apr. 24 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 24 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1U-571$1,846,790-59%2,583--$715$21,400,4721Universal
2The Road to El Dorado$853,006-30%3,170-53$269$42,769,3114DreamWorks
3Love & Basketball$778,282-63%1,237--$629$8,918,6221New Line
428 Days$745,789-54%2,5230$296$22,787,0412Sony / Columbia
5Rules of Engagement$710,157-62%3,22030$221$43,768,7143Paramount
6Keeping the Faith$681,962-61%2,1586$316$19,321,3402Disney
7Erin Brockovich$488,874-60%3,056-14$160$107,877,1586Universal
8Return to Me$424,906-58%2,3200$183$21,629,9703MGM
9The Skulls$296,008-51%2,047-362$145$30,631,5384Universal
10High Fidelity$181,902-67%1,2312$148$18,721,7314Disney