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, Jul. 2 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 2 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$12,435,822208%3,355--$3,707$16,471,2690Warner Bros.
2Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde$9,146,163--3,350--$2,730$9,146,1630MGM
3Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle$3,023,973-26%3,485--$868$49,582,9831Sony / Columbia
4Finding Nemo$2,213,209-11%2,902-502$763$261,204,6195Disney
5Hulk$1,645,641-23%3,601-59$457$106,833,5322Universal
6Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas$1,523,774--3,086--$494$1,523,7740DreamWorks
728 Days Later$875,687-21%1,318--$664$13,467,5201Fox Searchlight
8Bruce Almighty$685,658-22%1,997-1077$343$223,810,3276Universal
9The Italian Job$595,650-18%1,584-511$376$78,905,2755Paramount
10Rugrats Go Wild$525,076-23%2,021-1020$260$32,834,3723Paramount