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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, May. 21 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 21 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones$7,502,921-30%3,161--$2,374$128,331,4041Fox
2Spider-Man$2,783,825-35%3,6150$770$292,665,8183Sony / Columbia
3Unfaithful$1,001,372-8%2,6247$382$31,627,6042Fox
4About a Boy$820,936-16%1,207--$680$10,361,7621Universal
5The New Guy$372,690-25%2,6870$139$18,176,2092Sony / Columbia
6Changing Lanes$235,399-13%2,158-352$109$61,995,2016Paramount
7The Scorpion King$217,820-14%2,555-664$85$85,664,8425Universal
8Murder by Numbers$143,008-12%1,580-536$91$30,217,2625Warner Bros.
9The Rookie (2002)$116,1172%1,849-268$63$70,743,0898Disney
10Ice Age$52,557-53%1,184-540$44$172,533,15810Fox