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 Tue, Apr. 16 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 16 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Changing Lanes$1,242,8061%2,613--$476$19,600,7051Paramount
2The Sweetest Thing$708,30123%2,670--$265$10,716,3441Sony / Columbia
3Panic Room$702,23212%3,11966$225$77,190,6843Sony / Columbia
4High Crimes$545,75416%2,74730$199$26,037,6752Fox
5Ice Age$515,834-7%3,011-189$171$152,696,4165Fox
6The Rookie (2002)$491,088-7%2,520-4$195$46,304,0813Disney
7Blade II$389,3273%2,174-387$179$75,013,8954New Line
8National Lampoon's Van Wilder$372,30423%2,10482$177$14,250,1502Artisan
9Frailty$326,0713%1,497--$218$4,852,6461Lionsgate
10Clockstoppers$219,543-20%2,512-51$87$28,548,7693Paramount