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 Wed, Aug. 30 2000

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 30 2000LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bring It On$1,082,972-25%2,380--$455$21,453,9021Universal
2Space Cowboys$532,864-9%2,795-40$191$65,350,5684Warner Bros.
3What Lies Beneath$450,128-17%2,568-192$175$132,362,3956DreamWorks
4The Replacements$383,572-17%2,717-37$141$32,030,7183Warner Bros.
5Nutty Professor II: The Klumps$267,786-12%2,543-426$105$110,872,9785Universal
6Hollow Man$252,659-23%2,481-475$102$65,431,6024Sony / Columbia
7X-Men$147,093-18%1,175-449$125$151,721,3767Fox
8Godzilla 2000$135,853-21%2,1110$64$6,916,6702Sony / TriStar
9The Perfect Storm$133,535-11%1,205-212$111$173,802,6429Warner Bros.
10Scary Movie$69,296-14%1,5010$46$146,822,2978Miramax / Dimension