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, Sep. 3 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 3 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jeepers Creepers II$751,860-21%3,124--$241$20,071,3721MGM / United Artists
2Open Range$539,441-5%2,24481$240$44,594,0513Disney
3Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$491,875-17%2,227-177$221$276,102,1918Disney
4S.W.A.T.$473,288-22%2,781-423$170$103,779,5604Sony / Columbia
5Seabiscuit$421,304-6%2,55622$165$105,511,8836Universal
6Freddy Vs. Jason$359,641-16%2,929-85$123$74,738,0723New Line
7Freaky Friday (2003)$346,575-37%3,0679$113$91,738,4434Disney
8American Wedding$244,237-21%1,810-657$135$98,248,2325Universal
9The Medallion$237,502-30%2,6524$90$17,441,2212Sony / TriStar
10The Italian Job$224,805-13%1,9641900$114$101,369,83114Paramount