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, Mar. 12 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 12 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bringing Down the House$1,967,663-7%2,801--$702$37,244,8261Disney
2Tears of the Sun$1,141,202-16%2,973--$384$20,900,0341Sony / Columbia
3Chicago$834,920-6%2,600153$321$116,918,45811Miramax
4Old School$799,427-11%2,707-35$295$53,303,0723DreamWorks
5How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days$522,106-13%2,897-26$180$88,486,4145Paramount
6Cradle 2 the Grave$425,269-19%2,6250$162$28,306,6982Warner Bros.
7The Jungle Book 2$402,657-7%2,553-261$158$40,720,3154Disney
8Daredevil$352,343-11%2,778-456$127$92,632,9994Fox
9Shanghai Knights$230,578-15%1,905-610$121$55,456,6415Disney
10The Life of David Gale$197,223-16%1,872-131$105$17,719,5033Universal