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, Mar. 8 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 8 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
116 Blocks$834,191-9%2,706--$308$14,528,1941Warner Bros.
2Eight Below$562,599-7%3,12250$180$60,403,4123Disney
3Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion$471,805-16%2,1940$215$49,461,8882Lionsgate
4Ultraviolet$465,946-13%2,558--$182$10,683,7611Sony / Screen Gems
5The Pink Panther (2006)$314,310-6%3,024-289$104$70,649,4684Sony / Columbia
6Dave Chappelle's Block Party$296,011-20%1,200--$247$7,311,2111Rogue
7Firewall$266,8480%2,212-528$121$43,266,8804Warner Bros.
8Date Movie$240,183-7%2,603-295$92$41,484,6643Fox
9Curious George$234,5481%2,590-19$91$50,026,8754Universal
10Aquamarine$230,675-6%2,512--$92$8,254,7791Fox