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. 20 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 20 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rocky Balboa$6,204,489--2,752--$2,255$6,204,4890MGM
2The Pursuit of Happyness$2,806,781-2%2,852--$984$35,081,9751Sony / Columbia
3Charlotte's Web (2006)$2,019,42126%3,566--$566$16,473,7671Paramount
4Eragon$1,755,8071%3,020--$581$28,519,6331Fox
5The Holiday$1,252,4344%2,6144$479$28,686,9342Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet$1,193,33614%3,335-315$358$152,418,3035Warner Bros.
7The Nativity Story$1,018,02230%2,574-509$396$25,500,0913New Line
8Blood Diamond$832,013-4%1,9100$436$21,134,4742Warner Bros.
9Apocalypto$830,814-6%2,4650$337$30,838,7482Disney
10Casino Royale (2006)$754,628-1%2,214-947$341$139,705,8855Sony / Columbia