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 Thu, Aug. 15 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 15 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1XXX$3,608,846-8%3,374--$1,070$61,852,3061Sony / Columbia
2Signs$3,018,971-6%3,31046$912$131,149,2382Disney
3Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$2,031,506-13%3,3070$614$34,436,2331Miramax / Dimension
4Austin Powers in Goldmember$1,638,614-1%3,508-105$467$174,708,6003New Line
5The Master of Disguise$777,647-9%2,5683$303$27,125,1822Sony / Columbia
6Blood Work$718,167-8%2,525--$284$10,502,3431Warner Bros.
7Road to Perdition$537,603-5%2,211-121$243$86,509,3955DreamWorks
8Stuart Little 2$528,014-8%2,382-713$222$55,126,2464Sony / Columbia
9Men in Black II$258,669-1%2,076-826$125$187,498,1276Sony / Columbia
10The Country Bears$156,787-7%1,260-1293$124$14,957,4953Disney