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 Wed, Aug. 7 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 7 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Signs$6,251,874-15%3,264--$1,915$82,457,1691Disney
2Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$4,670,914--3,307--$1,412$4,670,9140Miramax / Dimension
3Austin Powers in Goldmember$2,898,738-20%3,6130$802$152,266,0362New Line
4The Master of Disguise$1,304,597-21%2,565--$509$17,486,7101Sony / Columbia
5Stuart Little 2$711,473-30%3,095-187$230$49,678,3043Sony / Columbia
6Road to Perdition$687,656-9%2,33282$295$79,398,8624DreamWorks
7Men in Black II$523,271-16%2,902-640$180$183,898,6245Sony / Columbia
8The Country Bears$349,719-32%2,5530$137$13,192,3952Disney
9Mr. Deeds$305,100-11%1,966-343$155$121,892,7886Sony / Columbia
10K-19: The Widowmaker$284,591-17%2,634-196$108$31,728,2613Paramount