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, May. 10 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 10 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible III$2,783,916-13%4,054--$687$57,263,2721Paramount
2RV$578,340-4%3,65112$158$32,651,0212Sony / Columbia
3United 93$435,019-6%1,81924$239$21,572,3692Universal
4An American Haunting$328,588-11%1,675--$196$6,908,7991Freestyle
5Silent Hill$324,772-9%2,556-376$127$41,962,8473Sony / Columbia
6The Sentinel$273,658-1%2,343-508$117$31,732,3943Fox
7Stick It$247,457-4%2,0446$121$18,710,3992Disney
8Akeelah and the Bee$244,1123%2,1950$111$11,336,0942Lionsgate
9Ice Age: The Meltdown$237,8530%2,426-696$98$184,155,2106Fox
10Scary Movie 4$225,71412%2,537-881$89$84,279,4334Weinstein / Dimension