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 Tue, Oct. 14 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 14 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kill Bill Vol. 1$2,126,340-33%3,102--$685$27,412,8701Miramax
2Intolerable Cruelty$896,914-33%2,564--$350$14,755,7301Universal
3School of Rock$732,968-65%2,929315$250$42,493,8042Paramount
4Out of Time$554,963-47%3,0760$180$30,306,7712MGM
5Good Boy!$550,555-73%3,225--$171$15,723,9321MGM
6Under the Tuscan Sun$460,232-29%1,7014$271$29,417,6193Disney
7The Rundown$310,074-50%2,823-331$110$41,219,5413Universal
8House of the Dead$306,818-44%1,520--$202$6,535,3391Artisan
9Secondhand Lions$244,924-39%2,563-469$96$36,043,7054New Line
10Underworld$184,935-41%1,906-809$97$49,276,4854Sony / Screen Gems