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. 27 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 27 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sweet Home Alabama$13,117,479--3,293--$3,983$13,117,4791Disney
2The Tuxedo$4,595,644--3,022--$1,521$4,595,6441DreamWorks
3Barbershop$3,000,239310%2,051157$1,463$44,322,7393MGM
4My Big Fat Greek Wedding$2,985,902271%1,841-12$1,622$116,749,88724IFC Films
5The Banger Sisters$1,765,625126%2,7380$645$15,160,5402Fox Searchlight
6The Four Feathers$1,165,737163%2,187275$533$9,986,8242Paramount
7One Hour Photo$947,401212%1,307-25$725$24,034,6446Fox Searchlight
8Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever$806,047108%2,7050$298$9,657,5222Warner Bros.
9Signs$718,192243%1,783-555$403$219,510,1589Disney
10SwimFan$545,745238%1,842-730$296$25,667,1374Fox