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, Mar. 28 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 28 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Head of State$4,453,831--2,151--$2,071$4,453,8311DreamWorks
2The Core$3,976,831--3,017--$1,318$3,976,8311Paramount
3Basic$3,736,027--2,876--$1,299$3,736,0271Sony / Columbia
4Bringing Down the House$3,625,868216%2,91039$1,246$91,213,2434Disney
5Chicago$2,067,785136%2,701136$766$139,522,58014Miramax
6Dreamcatcher$1,939,857110%2,9450$659$20,945,1182Warner Bros.
7Agent Cody Banks$1,549,610153%2,786-583$556$30,298,6403MGM
8View from the Top$1,156,531176%2,5080$461$9,894,0632Miramax
9Piglet's Big Movie$1,004,891119%2,0840$482$8,804,8572Disney
10The Hunted$971,29572%2,244-273$433$26,576,6293Paramount