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, Dec. 6 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 6 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casino Royale (2006)$1,044,475-6%3,386-57$308$119,070,6653Sony / Columbia
2Happy Feet$887,9960%3,8040$233$124,104,7353Warner Bros.
3Deja Vu (2006)$723,004-8%3,1080$233$46,266,2032Disney
4The Nativity Story$608,259-1%3,083--$197$9,629,3311New Line
5Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan$356,578-7%2,237-315$159$117,342,8325Fox
6Deck the Halls$278,118-4%3,2050$87$25,865,4042Fox
7The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause$225,3183%2,617-426$86$73,698,9565Disney
8Turistas$223,994-13%1,570--$143$4,333,2311Fox Atomic
9Stranger Than Fiction$201,7340%1,804-454$112$37,501,8864Sony / Columbia
10Bobby$171,891-6%1,6703$103$9,731,3083MGM / Weinstein