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. 14 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 14 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1XXX$3,913,673-19%3,374--$1,160$58,243,4601Sony / Columbia
2Signs$3,206,262-12%3,31046$969$128,130,2672Disney
3Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$2,337,175-12%3,3070$707$32,404,7271Miramax / Dimension
4Austin Powers in Goldmember$1,650,000-13%3,508-105$470$173,069,9863New Line
5The Master of Disguise$852,182-8%2,5683$332$26,347,5352Sony / Columbia
6Blood Work$784,699-10%2,525--$311$9,784,1761Warner Bros.
7Stuart Little 2$574,6060%2,382-713$241$54,598,2324Sony / Columbia
8Road to Perdition$565,676-6%2,211-121$256$85,971,7925DreamWorks
9Men in Black II$260,378-5%2,076-826$125$187,239,4586Sony / Columbia
10The Country Bears$168,6560%1,260-1293$134$14,800,7083Disney