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 Sat, May. 25 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 25 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones$18,560,76345%3,1610$5,872$172,653,1262Fox
2Spider-Man$11,308,89656%3,876261$2,918$316,382,2514Sony / Columbia
3Insomnia (2002)$7,792,20229%2,610--$2,986$13,831,5861Warner Bros.
4Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron$6,989,84153%3,317--$2,107$11,570,7571DreamWorks
5Enough$5,144,36313%2,623--$1,961$9,691,8821Sony / Columbia
6About a Boy$3,017,98840%1,749542$1,726$17,109,8822Universal
7Unfaithful$2,355,66642%2,401-223$981$37,456,0983Fox
8The New Guy$1,674,32927%2,374-313$705$21,957,5843Sony / Columbia
9Changing Lanes$650,40459%1,258-900$517$63,524,9307Paramount
10The Scorpion King$556,12362%1,524-1031$365$86,971,6296Universal