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, Jul. 5 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 5 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Scary Movie 2$5,262,420-40%3,220--$1,634$14,013,1270Miramax / Dimension
2Cats & Dogs$5,025,164-44%3,040--$1,653$14,048,7600Warner Bros.
3A.I. Artificial Intelligence$2,885,211-44%3,242--$890$45,537,0501Warner Bros.
4The Fast and the Furious$2,450,207-7%2,72395$900$89,100,1012Universal
5Dr. Dolittle 2$2,006,082-30%3,0534$657$21,963,2882Fox
6Lara Croft, Tomb Raider$1,502,439-30%3,34937$449$62,522,7373Paramount
7Shrek$1,254,372-41%2,704-303$464$234,552,2537DreamWorks
8Atlantis: The Lost Empire$1,157,503-30%3,030-41$382$33,048,2473Disney
9Baby Boy$861,110-32%1,53360$562$7,363,1731Sony / Columbia
10crazy/beautiful$850,37017%1,601--$531$3,464,8711Disney