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, Nov. 20 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 20 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casino Royale (2006)$3,836,857-64%3,434--$1,117$44,670,3611Sony / Columbia
2Happy Feet$3,022,273-75%3,804--$794$44,556,8811Warner Bros.
3Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan$1,368,941-63%2,61145$524$92,125,6833Fox
4The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause$672,260-72%3,359-99$200$52,373,8423Disney
5Stranger Than Fiction$567,755-63%2,2706$250$23,472,1562Sony / Columbia
6Flushed Away$478,913-76%3,307-400$145$49,066,4733Paramount / DreamWorks
7Saw III$299,102-59%1,942-1071$154$75,264,6844Lionsgate
8Babel$267,755-68%1,2510$214$12,285,8504Paramount Vantage
9The Departed$253,051-61%1,611-599$157$114,098,7827Warner Bros.
10Let's Go to Prison$216,399-64%1,495--$145$2,435,7231Universal