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, Mar. 25 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 25 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blade II$2,790,650-66%2,707--$1,031$35,319,6601New Line
2Ice Age$2,477,679-72%3,34529$741$89,770,0152Fox
3E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (2002 re-issue)$917,387-75%3,007--$305$15,141,5281Universal
4Showtime$633,466-65%2,9170$217$27,437,0492Warner Bros.
5Resident Evil$597,211-67%2,5280$236$29,531,5982Sony / Screen Gems
6A Beautiful Mind$538,084-42%1,455-78$370$155,246,13712Universal
7We Were Soldiers$517,964-61%2,859-284$181$61,307,6984Paramount
8The Time Machine$485,160-64%2,809-149$173$48,645,4193DreamWorks
9Sorority Boys$412,611-58%1,801--$229$4,538,9821Disney
10The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring$332,574-47%1,317216$253$297,859,84414New Line