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. 14 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 14 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$7,504,594-48%3,269--$2,296$78,130,8681Disney
2The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen$2,558,303-58%3,002--$852$25,633,9411Fox
3Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$2,167,315-62%3,5040$619$112,481,8102Warner Bros.
4Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde$1,650,514-46%3,37525$489$64,548,3442MGM
5Finding Nemo$1,305,503-45%2,643-259$494$292,374,4897Disney
6Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle$948,936-51%3,202-283$296$82,484,2203Sony / Columbia
728 Days Later$645,927-52%1,396-11$463$29,096,5203Fox Searchlight
8Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas$633,423-49%3,0860$205$19,439,8402DreamWorks
9Hulk$488,954-55%2,575-716$190$125,160,9734Universal
10The Italian Job$364,881-51%1,364-220$268$89,198,0857Paramount