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. 12 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 12 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within$2,612,296-48%2,382--$1,097$7,619,5480Sony / Columbia
2Cats & Dogs$2,589,526-10%3,0400$852$25,204,8851Warner Bros.
3Scary Movie 2$1,792,135-11%3,2200$557$43,925,2701Miramax / Dimension
4The Fast and the Furious$1,385,817-5%2,79875$495$107,525,7933Universal
5Dr. Dolittle 2$1,363,809-2%3,028-25$450$27,325,0283Fox
6A.I. Artificial Intelligence$1,113,192-11%3,2420$343$64,884,6772Warner Bros.
7Kiss of the Dragon$1,000,228-4%2,025--$494$4,807,2521Fox
8Shrek$751,906-8%2,107-597$357$243,676,7788DreamWorks
9Lara Croft, Tomb Raider$705,925-6%3,010-339$235$65,609,8954Paramount
10Atlantis: The Lost Empire$629,022-9%2,272-758$277$35,745,3804Disney