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 Sun, Oct. 26 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 26 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Scary Movie 3$10,714,657-44%3,505--$3,057$48,115,6901Miramax / Dimension
2The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)$3,555,696-40%3,0182$1,178$50,924,2752New Line
3Radio$3,444,831-37%3,074--$1,121$13,305,1191Sony / Columbia
4Mystic River$2,220,908-32%1,49326$1,488$24,733,9532Warner Bros.
5Runaway Jury$2,168,394-41%2,8150$770$24,055,1322Fox
6Kill Bill Vol. 1$1,798,007-29%2,633-469$683$54,120,9143Miramax
7School of Rock$1,732,367-38%2,9510$587$63,394,8164Paramount
8Good Boy!$1,696,854-22%2,762-463$614$32,107,4633MGM
9Intolerable Cruelty$927,053-40%2,290-280$405$28,254,4313Universal
10Under the Tuscan Sun$632,307-35%1,224-439$517$37,248,5155Disney