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 Thu, May. 29 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 29 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bruce Almighty$4,510,808-4%3,483--$1,295$100,066,3151Universal
2The Matrix Reloaded$2,307,813-5%3,6030$641$217,016,7412Warner Bros.
3X2: X-Men United$681,2082%2,966-524$230$194,265,5614Fox
4Daddy Day Care$672,40513%3,47264$194$75,156,9293Sony / Columbia
5The In-Laws$503,692-4%2,652--$190$10,776,1131Warner Bros.
6Down with Love$326,837-3%2,117-6$154$15,579,0763Fox
7Holes$237,08420%1,762-470$135$60,849,3106Disney
8The Lizzie McGuire Movie$191,0665%2,118-540$90$38,150,9914Disney
9Identity$179,164-5%1,590-606$113$49,814,6735Sony / Columbia
10Anger Management$138,0656%1,809-667$76$132,138,5617Sony / Columbia