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 Fri, Jun. 9 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jun. 9 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars$19,713,334--3,985--$4,947$19,713,3341Disney
2The Break-Up$6,811,307116%3,0755$2,215$60,411,5672Universal
3The Omen (2006)$5,652,65585%2,723--$2,076$25,928,6971Fox
4X-Men: The Last Stand$4,962,706108%3,680-34$1,349$191,127,8393Fox
5The Da Vinci Code$3,048,23291%3,319-438$918$181,776,3024Sony / Columbia
6Over the Hedge$2,944,71645%3,527-466$835$122,939,4984Paramount / DreamWorks
7Mission: Impossible III$893,411103%1,908-759$468$125,366,0816Paramount
8RV$555,05860%1,622-559$342$63,564,5457Sony / Columbia
9Poseidon$551,31275%1,724-996$320$53,651,5135Warner Bros.