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. 22 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 22 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek$3,439,928-18%3,587--$959$50,001,3251DreamWorks
2The Mummy Returns$1,276,299-20%3,45251$370$149,314,0963Universal
3A Knight's Tale$838,441-12%2,9800$281$6,747,5452Sony / Columbia
4Angel Eyes$807,006-11%2,375--$340$1,709,0331Warner Bros.
5Bridget Jones's Diary$445,3272%2,142-364$208$14,961,9126Miramax
6Along Came a Spider$227,440-6%1,908-572$119$16,312,3987Paramount
7Blow$216,524-4%1,133-369$191$14,981,5207New Line
8Driven$181,676-11%2,011-793$90$6,394,1404Warner Bros.
9Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles$96,042-12%1,993-173$48$3,832,2235Paramount
10Spy Kids$82,785-41%2,035-564$41$46,226,0458Miramax / Dimension