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, Nov. 4 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 4 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brother Bear$1,612,67610%3,0303028$532$22,878,6631Disney
2Scary Movie 3$1,371,104-3%3,5050$391$80,328,8082Miramax / Dimension
3Radio$713,3493%3,0740$232$27,654,1792Sony / Columbia
4The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)$663,473-7%2,970-48$223$67,433,0113New Line
5Mystic River$568,07511%1,55158$366$34,628,3583Warner Bros.
6Runaway Jury$559,59615%2,736-79$205$34,357,8243Fox
7Kill Bill Vol. 1$525,2367%2,429-204$216$61,902,5264Miramax
8School of Rock$376,47925%2,786-165$135$69,923,1625Paramount
9Intolerable Cruelty$224,45417%1,661-629$135$32,313,6794Universal
10Good Boy!$202,51462%2,415-347$84$35,590,5264MGM