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, Aug. 16 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 16 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby$2,334,693-16%3,8074$613$98,364,0202Sony / Columbia
2Step Up$1,896,151-22%2,467--$769$27,679,9221Disney
3World Trade Center$1,746,908-17%2,957154$591$32,594,7601Paramount
4Barnyard: The Original Party Animals$1,105,840-22%3,3110$334$37,455,7302Paramount
5Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest$836,074-17%2,941-495$284$395,207,3196Disney
6Pulse (2006)$679,466-14%2,323--$292$10,559,5281Weinstein / Dimension
7The Descent$547,415-12%2,0950$261$19,382,4012Lionsgate
8Miami Vice$505,591-14%2,659-367$190$56,947,8633Universal
9Zoom$460,483-25%2,501--$184$6,161,6911Sony / Columbia
10Monster House$415,842-14%2,434-527$171$65,004,1234Sony / Columbia