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 Wed, Oct. 2 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 2 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sweet Home Alabama$2,043,225-11%3,293--$620$42,074,1691Disney
2My Big Fat Greek Wedding$725,915-12%1,841-12$394$125,367,78624IFC Films
3The Tuxedo$675,793-19%3,022--$224$17,313,7871DreamWorks
4The Banger Sisters$523,990-4%2,7391$191$20,318,5332Fox Searchlight
5Barbershop$505,675-5%2,051157$247$52,910,3143MGM
6The Four Feathers$272,137-7%2,187275$124$13,202,4362Paramount
7One Hour Photo$234,754-11%1,305-27$180$26,830,8286Fox Searchlight
8Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever$220,443-12%2,7050$81$12,286,3282Warner Bros.
9Signs$146,761-9%1,783-555$82$221,604,2989Disney
10Trapped$141,284-10%2,2270$63$6,153,6412Sony / Columbia