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 Tue, Mar. 11 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 11 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bringing Down the House$2,121,8873%2,801--$758$35,277,1631Disney
2Tears of the Sun$1,357,3441%2,973--$457$19,758,8321Sony / Columbia
3Old School$897,6887%2,707-35$332$52,503,6453DreamWorks
4Chicago$888,61818%2,600153$342$116,083,53811Miramax
5How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days$598,07225%2,897-26$206$87,964,3085Paramount
6Cradle 2 the Grave$522,76910%2,6250$199$27,881,4292Warner Bros.
7The Jungle Book 2$434,90821%2,553-261$170$40,317,6584Disney
8Daredevil$395,07913%2,778-456$142$92,280,6564Fox
9Shanghai Knights$270,29530%1,905-610$142$55,226,0635Disney
10The Life of David Gale$233,96332%1,872-131$125$17,522,2803Universal