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 Thu, Jun. 28 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 28 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fast and the Furious$3,771,799-6%2,628--$1,435$57,813,1241Universal
2Dr. Dolittle 2$2,686,3492%3,049--$881$11,966,4161Fox
3Lara Croft, Tomb Raider$1,712,921-7%3,312--$517$55,311,7022Paramount
4Atlantis: The Lost Empire$1,648,525-1%3,071--$537$27,129,5512Disney
5Shrek$1,362,2873%3,007-310$453$220,435,3746DreamWorks
6Baby Boy$1,269,831-30%1,473--$862$3,082,3700Sony / Columbia
7Swordfish$779,221-1%2,660--$293$25,895,3743Warner Bros.
8Pearl Harbor$757,595-2%2,668-472$284$175,014,8675Disney
9Moulin Rouge!$519,253-2%1,585-499$328$45,576,6514Fox
10Evolution$433,6162%2,258-355$192$34,035,7023DreamWorks