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, Jun. 18 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 18 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Finding Nemo$4,229,3147%3,42534$1,235$203,266,4623Disney
22 Fast 2 Furious$2,016,673-5%3,41810$590$89,841,0582Universal
3Bruce Almighty$1,755,698-1%3,477-72$505$198,966,5534Universal
4Rugrats Go Wild$1,448,15913%3,041--$476$15,419,0461Paramount
5The Italian Job$1,287,397-1%2,697-180$477$59,203,3813Paramount
6Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd$1,154,121-8%2,609--$442$14,612,7801New Line
7Hollywood Homicide$1,118,939-6%2,840--$394$14,554,2771Sony / Columbia
8The Matrix Reloaded$738,040-4%2,350-875$314$259,700,9145Warner Bros.
9Daddy Day Care$385,64012%1,982-731$195$93,337,9386Sony / Columbia
10X2: X-Men United$255,2216%1,316-630$194$208,024,1187Fox