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 Thu, Oct. 19 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 19 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Departed$1,559,2870%3,0170$517$63,473,7432Warner Bros.
2Man of the Year (2006)$741,676-2%2,515--$295$15,480,4211Universal
3The Grudge 2$678,8899%3,211--$211$23,681,3091Sony / Columbia
4Open Season (2006)$667,85431%3,687-146$181$61,602,3593Sony / Columbia
5The Guardian (2006)$448,3736%3,044-197$147$42,910,9473Disney
6The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning$448,2044%2,8200$159$32,116,6502New Line
7The Marine$374,959-2%2,545--$147$8,822,9381Fox
8Employee of the Month$369,7189%2,5790$143$21,039,4522Lionsgate
9jackass: number two$266,4471%2,330-677$114$69,528,4614Paramount
10School for Scoundrels (2006)$107,29810%1,406-1601$76$16,770,2153MGM / Weinstein