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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Aug. 3 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 3 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nutty Professor II: The Klumps$3,323,970-6%3,242--$1,025$58,535,0211Universal
2What Lies Beneath$2,752,5790%2,82512$974$81,322,7212DreamWorks
3X-Men$1,474,793-1%3,107-5$475$129,478,4563Fox
4Scary Movie$967,0650%3,256-45$297$137,063,1734Miramax / Dimension
5The Perfect Storm$829,0342%3,093-110$268$161,610,6195Warner Bros.
6Disney's The Kid$763,1521%2,328-15$328$55,435,5694Disney
7Pokemon: The Movie 2000$643,857-7%2,7520$234$36,110,6582Warner Bros.
8The Patriot$520,6561%2,329-422$224$103,388,0495Sony / Columbia
9Thomas and the Magic Railroad$505,169-2%2,10652$240$8,787,4661Destination
10Loser$377,544-3%2,0160$187$13,809,8172Sony / Columbia