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, Oct. 11 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 11 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kill Bill Vol. 1$7,995,219-2%3,102--$2,577$16,182,6531Miramax
2School of Rock$6,411,87340%2,929315$2,189$35,166,5552Paramount
3Good Boy!$5,414,42449%3,225--$1,679$9,055,2271MGM
4Intolerable Cruelty$5,102,40524%2,564--$1,990$9,204,6411Universal
5Out of Time$3,718,11148%3,0760$1,209$26,358,2742MGM
6The Rundown$2,187,76948%2,823-331$775$38,749,7233Universal
7House of the Dead$2,175,08311%1,520--$1,431$4,133,2881Artisan
8Under the Tuscan Sun$2,058,93846%1,7014$1,210$26,865,6623Disney
9Secondhand Lions$1,406,80345%2,563-469$549$34,474,8274New Line
10Underworld$948,98650%1,906-809$498$48,069,6794Sony / Screen Gems