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 Thu, Mar. 23 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 23 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1V for Vendetta$1,890,771-2%3,365--$562$33,868,9591Warner Bros.
2Failure to Launch$1,290,28810%3,11760$414$53,077,8902Paramount
3The Shaggy Dog (2006)$816,08312%3,5010$233$38,787,8572Disney
4She's the Man$615,85616%2,623--$235$13,049,6441Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Hills Have Eyes (2006)$604,5470%2,6211$231$31,331,5522Fox Searchlight
616 Blocks$422,5882%2,666-40$159$31,845,1963Warner Bros.
7Eight Below$362,3059%2,603-367$139$74,422,8675Disney
8The Pink Panther (2006)$191,82710%1,852-450$104$79,292,6166Sony / Columbia
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion$169,3838%1,403-409$121$60,704,4094Lionsgate
10Aquamarine$131,7424%1,869-669$70$16,297,3293Fox