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. 10 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 10 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Open Range$377,583-4%2,26824$166$50,399,9374Disney
2Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$375,752-13%2,203-24$171$282,978,0219Disney
3Jeepers Creepers II$363,354-15%3,1240$116$28,491,2342MGM / United Artists
4S.W.A.T.$314,472-13%2,600-181$121$109,756,5245Sony / Columbia
5Seabiscuit$307,455-5%2,57317$119$110,528,2837Universal
6Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star$302,0712%2,026--$149$7,542,4461Paramount
7The Order$296,387-18%1,975--$150$5,430,6681Fox
8Freaky Friday (2003)$205,676-9%2,973-94$69$97,695,3375Disney
9Freddy Vs. Jason$186,887-14%2,505-424$75$78,969,6154New Line
10American Wedding$158,210-22%1,514-296$104$101,182,8436Universal