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. 17 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 17 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Once Upon a Time in Mexico$1,506,777-19%3,282--$459$28,541,1801Sony / Columbia
2Matchstick Men$888,325-9%2,711--$328$15,837,4961Warner Bros.
3Cabin Fever$504,217-15%2,087--$242$10,336,4571Lionsgate
4Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$276,137-11%2,029-174$136$288,728,05410Disney
5Open Range$217,742-7%2,063-205$106$54,132,7535Disney
6Seabiscuit$199,556-5%2,102-471$95$114,203,2018Universal
7Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star$171,44211%2,08357$82$13,357,2232Paramount
8Jeepers Creepers II$169,409-12%2,784-340$61$32,422,3773MGM / United Artists
9S.W.A.T.$163,543-16%2,062-538$79$113,307,8106Sony / Columbia
10Freaky Friday (2003)$147,5250%2,567-406$57$102,401,1266Disney