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 Mon, Jul. 2 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 2 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A.I. Artificial Intelligence$3,747,143-56%3,242--$1,156$33,101,8781Warner Bros.
2The Fast and the Furious$3,008,907-51%2,72395$1,105$80,877,4522Universal
3Dr. Dolittle 2$2,315,470--3,0534$758$14,281,8862Fox
4Lara Croft, Tomb Raider$1,602,917--3,34937$479$56,914,6193Paramount
5Atlantis: The Lost Empire$1,433,553--3,030-41$473$28,563,1043Disney
6Shrek$1,328,307-49%2,704-303$491$229,469,8457DreamWorks
7Baby Boy$1,048,594--1,533--$684$4,130,9641Sony / Columbia
8crazy/beautiful$948,619--1,601--$593$948,6191Disney
9Pearl Harbor$711,702-51%2,305-363$309$180,451,9026Disney
10Swordfish$618,540--2,225-435$278$26,513,9144Warner Bros.