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, Apr. 22 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 22 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anger Management$2,103,913-20%3,57019$589$84,784,1892Sony / Columbia
2Holes$1,711,387-34%2,331--$734$20,605,8771Disney
3Malibu's Most Wanted$917,864-32%2,503--$367$14,889,8031Warner Bros.
4Bulletproof Monk$702,716-24%2,955--$238$13,379,4021MGM
5What a Girl Wants$558,441-33%2,930-34$191$28,617,5893Warner Bros.
6Phone Booth$507,314-13%2,447-42$207$36,213,5683Fox
7Bringing Down the House$320,020-16%2,284-546$140$123,380,5187Disney
8Chicago$291,665-6%1,711-403$170$161,366,29517Miramax
9A Man Apart$275,845-18%2,174-321$127$23,380,1473New Line
10Agent Cody Banks$219,034-16%1,480-527$148$45,123,0146MGM