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, Aug. 6 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 6 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby$12,990,759-19%3,803--$3,416$47,041,0831Sony / Columbia
2Barnyard: The Original Party Animals$4,600,731-20%3,311--$1,390$15,821,0421Paramount
3Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest$3,277,184-27%3,436-398$954$379,699,4165Disney
4Miami Vice$3,101,839-23%3,0265$1,025$46,283,9362Universal
5The Descent$2,463,636-19%2,095--$1,176$8,911,4171Lionsgate
6Monster House$1,834,050-22%3,029-524$605$57,012,5003Sony / Columbia
7John Tucker Must Die$1,640,376-23%2,5666$639$28,723,4022Fox
8The Ant Bully$1,204,701-18%3,0500$395$18,155,7062Warner Bros.
9You, Me and Dupree$995,662-30%2,263-557$440$66,823,5864Universal
10The Night Listener$965,019-31%1,367--$706$3,555,1571Miramax