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 Sat, Dec. 16 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 16 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Pursuit of Happyness$10,544,33418%2,852--$3,697$19,495,8321Sony / Columbia
2Eragon$8,749,8890%3,020--$2,897$17,492,5941Fox
3Charlotte's Web (2006)$4,671,87036%3,566--$1,310$8,097,8531Paramount
4Happy Feet$3,709,06177%3,335-315$1,112$146,696,0195Warner Bros.
5The Holiday$3,219,55925%2,6144$1,232$22,897,7812Sony / Columbia
6Apocalypto$3,138,63639%2,4650$1,273$25,597,7922Disney
7Blood Diamond$2,811,01155%1,9101719$1,472$16,744,0002Warner Bros.
8Casino Royale (2006)$2,478,91855%2,437-724$1,017$135,957,0515Sony / Columbia
9The Nativity Story$1,721,84643%2,574-509$669$21,290,8023New Line
10Unaccompanied Minors$1,523,14045%2,7750$549$9,120,4252Warner Bros.