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, Feb. 28 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 28 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cradle 2 the Grave$6,055,361--2,625--$2,307$6,055,3611Warner Bros.
2Old School$4,444,376216%2,74253$1,621$27,786,1862DreamWorks
3How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days$3,264,966348%2,9230$1,117$70,631,7164Paramount
4Daredevil$3,120,001267%3,234-240$965$76,187,0863Fox
5Chicago$2,145,869177%2,44792$877$99,189,18410Miramax
6Shanghai Knights$1,418,559301%2,515-11$564$47,320,1884Disney
7The Jungle Book 2$1,343,687226%2,814-1$478$28,226,6603Disney
8The Life of David Gale$1,301,997189%2,0031$650$10,371,7052Universal
9The Recruit$812,878206%1,508-170$539$46,175,2215Disney
10Gods and Generals$775,235145%1,5330$506$6,761,7272Warner Bros.