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, Sep. 5 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 5 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1My Big Fat Greek Wedding$972,9778%1,619290$601$72,014,15920IFC Films
2Signs$685,134-2%3,437-16$199$197,844,2935Disney
3XXX$478,541-3%3,53619$135$125,502,9034Sony / Columbia
4fear dot com$305,076-13%2,550--$120$8,191,9051Warner Bros.
5Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams$217,3076%3,250-57$67$70,876,1874Miramax / Dimension
6Austin Powers in Goldmember$216,484-23%2,506-299$86$203,878,4096New Line
7Blue Crush$196,271-8%2,820-195$70$35,415,7733Universal
8Serving Sara$190,516-5%2,17420$88$12,579,4422Paramount
9Road to Perdition$171,9230%1,763-100$98$99,874,2848DreamWorks
10Blood Work$132,958-1%1,751422$76$24,507,4574Warner Bros.