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 Sat, Sep. 20 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 20 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld$7,917,195-8%2,915--$2,716$16,521,2631Sony / Screen Gems
2The Fighting Temptations$5,253,32040%2,026--$2,593$9,016,2701Paramount
3Secondhand Lions$5,134,53536%3,013--$1,704$8,907,4411New Line
4Once Upon a Time in Mexico$4,526,72428%3,2897$1,376$38,007,4812Sony / Columbia
5Cold Creek Manor$3,456,29823%2,035--$1,698$6,265,0841Disney
6Matchstick Men$3,391,48534%2,7110$1,251$22,609,3092Warner Bros.
7Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star$1,749,98953%2,0830$840$16,411,1763Paramount
8Cabin Fever$1,633,22324%2,10518$776$13,763,2962Lionsgate
9Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl$1,592,54155%1,746-283$912$291,636,51711Disney
10Freaky Friday (2003)$1,158,60861%1,850-717$626$104,433,5267Disney