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, Dec. 17 2001

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 17 2001LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Vanilla Sky$2,236,926-65%2,742--$816$27,252,4891Paramount
2Ocean's Eleven$2,010,491-63%3,0750$654$74,314,7032Warner Bros.
3Not Another Teen Movie$952,296-67%2,365--$403$13,568,1331Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone$812,556-74%3,422-250$237$254,223,5895Warner Bros.
5Behind Enemy Lines (2001)$434,923-68%2,792-52$156$39,249,9113Fox
6Monsters, Inc.$367,877-76%2,462-422$149$219,180,5037Disney
7Spy Game$238,801-63%2,503-267$95$58,065,4634Universal
8Black Knight$133,634-74%1,907-326$70$29,881,1824Fox
9Shallow Hal$120,191-65%1,767-450$68$67,088,7956Fox
10Out Cold (2001)$43,723-69%1,183-468$37$13,287,5134Disney