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, Oct. 3 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 3 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sweet Home Alabama$1,933,251-5%3,293--$587$44,007,4201Disney
2My Big Fat Greek Wedding$700,487-4%1,841-12$380$126,068,27324IFC Films
3The Tuxedo$638,729-5%3,022--$211$17,952,5161DreamWorks
4Barbershop$500,455-1%2,051157$244$53,410,7693MGM
5The Banger Sisters$496,111-5%2,7391$181$20,814,6442Fox Searchlight
6The Four Feathers$258,112-5%2,187275$118$13,460,5482Paramount
7One Hour Photo$218,700-7%1,305-27$168$27,049,5286Fox Searchlight
8Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever$207,792-6%2,7050$77$12,494,1202Warner Bros.
9Signs$142,292-3%1,783-555$80$221,746,5909Disney
10Trapped$118,898-16%2,2270$53$6,272,5392Sony / Columbia