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 Fri, Aug. 8 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 8 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1S.W.A.T.$13,584,089--3,202--$4,242$13,584,0891Sony / Columbia
2Freaky Friday (2003)$8,010,64664%2,954--$2,712$18,907,9271Disney
3American Wedding$4,921,85652%3,1753$1,550$54,674,4502Universal
4Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$3,793,25664%3,170-220$1,197$223,521,9315Disney
5Seabiscuit$3,362,80076%2,4287$1,385$60,914,5023Universal
6Spy Kids 3D: Game Over$2,822,41456%3,38824$833$80,136,3333Miramax / Dimension
7Bad Boys II$1,762,92938%2,449-573$720$118,815,8554Sony / Columbia
8Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life$1,548,04720%3,036-186$510$50,047,4663Paramount
9Finding Nemo$698,22642%1,502-275$465$323,101,96111Disney
10Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines$453,65036%1,275-635$356$144,822,2956Warner Bros.