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 Mon, Sep. 4 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 4 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Invincible (2006)$3,275,362-27%2,9214$1,121$38,065,9942Disney
2Crank$2,439,652-30%2,515--$970$12,896,3561Lionsgate
3The Wicker Man (2006)$2,130,731-33%2,784--$765$11,741,3661Warner Bros.
4Little Miss Sunshine$2,005,784-29%1,602172$1,252$35,738,8646Fox Searchlight
5Barnyard: The Original Party Animals$1,697,952-9%2,907-96$584$63,777,3585Paramount
6Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby$1,527,093-33%3,001-369$509$138,298,9665Sony / Columbia
7World Trade Center$1,274,466-29%2,902-119$439$63,768,2464Paramount
8Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest$1,130,924-24%1,78685$633$414,013,1879Disney
9Step Up$1,106,351-30%2,553-94$433$58,493,2074Disney
10Accepted$1,030,056-36%2,822-95$365$29,141,7113Universal