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, Oct. 22 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 22 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)$1,847,522-16%3,016--$613$34,586,5281New Line
2Kill Bill Vol. 1$1,015,843-21%3,1020$327$46,768,3012Miramax
3Runaway Jury$922,032-10%2,815--$328$14,690,1121Fox
4Mystic River$849,276-6%1,4670$579$16,138,4151Warner Bros.
5Intolerable Cruelty$462,200-12%2,5706$180$24,148,1212Universal
6School of Rock$446,923-11%2,95122$151$56,339,3403Paramount
7Under the Tuscan Sun$334,381-6%1,663-38$201$34,627,7564Disney
8Good Boy!$313,6314%3,2250$97$26,674,9202MGM
9Out of Time$242,637-10%2,344-732$104$35,997,1983MGM
10The Rundown$158,134-11%2,099-724$75$45,042,7054Universal