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 Fri, Sep. 20 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 20 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Barbershop$3,800,433270%1,894289$2,007$29,383,3962MGM
2The Banger Sisters$3,295,965--2,738--$1,204$3,295,9651Fox Searchlight
3My Big Fat Greek Wedding$2,900,882224%1,85389$1,566$103,771,07123IFC Films
4Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever$2,415,745--2,705--$893$2,415,7451Warner Bros.
5The Four Feathers$2,331,640--1,912--$1,219$2,331,6401Paramount
6One Hour Photo$1,434,075166%1,332120$1,077$18,550,2245Fox Searchlight
7SwimFan$1,166,663328%2,572-288$454$22,126,0213Fox
8Stealing Harvard$1,086,286328%2,3660$459$8,389,6322Sony / Columbia
9Trapped$1,063,475--2,227--$478$1,063,4751Sony / Columbia
10Signs$1,026,665212%2,338-713$439$215,467,1718Disney