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 Tue, Aug. 20 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 20 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1XXX$2,533,6462%3,38814$748$88,975,4122Sony / Columbia
2Signs$2,251,4424%3,34434$673$154,930,2823Disney
3Blue Crush$1,666,225-1%3,002--$555$17,516,0861Universal
4Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$1,491,7356%3,3070$451$48,862,6642Miramax / Dimension
5Austin Powers in Goldmember$1,263,65410%3,113-395$406$185,855,7244New Line
6My Big Fat Greek Wedding$1,023,57228%1,064341$962$41,123,90918IFC Films
7Blood Work$550,2939%2,5250$218$16,365,7112Warner Bros.
8The Master of Disguise$482,1827%2,137-431$226$31,223,1693Sony / Columbia
9Road to Perdition$429,9108%1,914-297$225$91,140,2766DreamWorks
10Stuart Little 2$341,62711%1,714-668$199$57,722,1535Sony / Columbia