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, Oct. 4 2002

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 4 2002LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Red Dragon$13,478,327--3,357--$4,015$13,478,3271Universal
2Sweet Home Alabama$7,210,529273%3,30310$2,183$51,217,9492Disney
3The Tuxedo$2,678,630319%3,0220$886$20,631,1462DreamWorks
4My Big Fat Greek Wedding$2,475,893253%1,971130$1,256$128,544,16625IFC Films
5Barbershop$1,950,979290%2,176125$897$55,361,7484MGM
6The Banger Sisters$1,089,013120%2,532-206$430$21,903,6573Fox Searchlight
7The Four Feathers$661,806156%2,1870$303$14,122,3543Paramount
8One Hour Photo$532,358143%1,261-46$422$27,581,8867Fox Searchlight
9Signs$503,834254%1,537-246$328$222,250,42410Disney
10Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever$287,41138%1,507-1198$191$12,781,5313Warner Bros.