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. 25 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 25 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bringing Down the House$1,069,4727%2,87170$373$85,421,4463Disney
2Dreamcatcher$1,043,123-6%2,945--$354$17,180,3641Warner Bros.
3Chicago$904,05011%2,565-35$352$135,748,98313Miramax
4The Hunted$580,88210%2,5171$231$24,498,3642Paramount
5Agent Cody Banks$554,6659%3,3690$165$27,595,3072MGM
6View from the Top$458,8866%2,508--$183$7,904,1341Miramax
7Piglet's Big Movie$426,54712%2,084--$205$6,904,6361Disney
8Tears of the Sun$403,66912%2,801-172$144$38,683,9053Sony / Columbia
9Old School$388,2539%2,033-419$191$67,704,4125DreamWorks
10Boat Trip$313,7830%1,714--$183$4,445,1711Artisan