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 Tue, May. 8 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 8 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mummy Returns$4,489,076-9%3,401--$1,320$77,559,2241Universal
2Bridget Jones's Diary$644,12950%2,54715$253$11,237,9534Miramax
3Driven$472,77216%2,9050$163$4,204,7772Warner Bros.
4Along Came a Spider$317,03921%2,5730$123$14,202,6415Paramount
5Blow$315,03719%1,558-155$202$13,017,7825New Line
6Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles$168,08910%2,14117$79$2,781,0953Paramount
7Spy Kids$162,891-4%2,815-290$58$45,093,9726Miramax / Dimension
8One Night at McCool's$148,50523%1,814-4$82$1,106,6412USA Films
9Town & Country$140,97929%2,2220$63$1,116,1762New Line
10The Forsaken$119,53315%1,5140$79$1,090,5282Sony / Screen Gems