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, Apr. 16 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 16 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Scary Movie 4$7,762,527-42%3,602--$2,155$40,223,0991Weinstein / Dimension
2Ice Age: The Meltdown$4,666,411-37%3,873-96$1,205$147,225,8993Fox
3The Benchwarmers$2,209,358-39%3,2828$673$35,881,3772Sony / Columbia
4The Wild$2,123,499-37%2,854--$744$9,684,2811Disney
5Take the Lead$1,776,822-29%3,0090$591$22,604,5862New Line
6Inside Man$1,659,817-36%2,477-390$670$75,424,8284Universal
7Lucky Number Slevin$1,289,376-29%1,9895$648$14,296,9622MGM / Weinstein
8Thank You for Smoking$1,044,879-44%1,015716$1,029$11,537,7335Fox Searchlight
9Failure to Launch$619,501-39%1,950-666$318$83,182,4886Paramount
10V for Vendetta$596,193-30%1,380-623$432$66,043,0865Warner Bros.