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, Apr. 25 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 25 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silent Hill$1,248,803-12%2,926--$427$22,816,4001Sony / Columbia
2The Sentinel$965,4465%2,819--$342$16,255,3511Fox
3Scary Movie 4$727,371-9%3,67472$198$69,005,4302Weinstein / Dimension
4Ice Age: The Meltdown$592,021-2%3,540-333$167$169,542,6734Fox
5The Wild$368,530-2%2,8540$129$22,984,1582Disney
6The Benchwarmers$321,184-1%3,094-188$104$47,746,0353Sony / Columbia
7Take the Lead$291,1667%2,413-596$121$30,051,2833New Line
8Inside Man$272,0264%2,021-456$135$81,851,1785Universal
9Lucky Number Slevin$255,1167%1,735-254$147$19,169,3713MGM / Weinstein
10American Dreamz$232,3193%1,500--$155$4,126,8221Universal