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, May. 15 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 15 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gladiator (2000)$2,500,644-64%2,9435$850$76,160,4852DreamWorks
2U-571$465,452-66%2,820119$165$58,296,8894Universal
3Screwed$255,700-67%1,759--$145$3,596,1991Universal
4The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas$218,316-84%3,12574$70$24,631,0983Universal
5Love & Basketball$153,604-73%1,047-145$147$22,587,9034New Line
6Rules of Engagement$143,781--1,618-643$89$53,266,1176Paramount
7Keeping the Faith$143,113-72%1,596-418$90$32,415,7715Disney
8Erin Brockovich$126,647-73%1,491-451$85$118,633,1749Universal
928 Days$113,991-70%1,755-658$65$33,388,6025Sony / Columbia
10Return to Me$95,959-72%1,203-500$80$27,184,3786MGM