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 Mon, Jul. 7 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 7 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$5,705,291-57%3,504--$1,628$78,094,2601Warner Bros.
2Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde$3,387,519-49%3,350--$1,011$41,895,5421MGM
3Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle$2,012,930-53%3,48526$578$69,082,3922Sony / Columbia
4Finding Nemo$1,855,466-48%2,902-431$639$276,793,6126Disney
5Hulk$1,151,886-55%3,291-383$350$118,166,0413Universal
628 Days Later$1,093,192-49%1,407147$777$21,650,6422Fox Searchlight
7Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas$1,072,121-52%3,086--$347$11,130,8511DreamWorks
8The Italian Job$597,403-53%1,584-437$377$84,474,6736Paramount
9Bruce Almighty$588,128-50%1,929-722$305$229,240,8107Universal
102 Fast 2 Furious$444,675-46%1,779-1038$250$119,881,4805Universal