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. 27 2006

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 27 2006LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night at the Museum$11,942,925-12%3,688--$3,238$67,663,1801Fox
2The Pursuit of Happyness$5,713,320-20%2,86311$1,996$73,667,7002Sony / Columbia
3Charlotte's Web (2006)$4,252,55211%3,728162$1,141$36,477,6502Paramount
4Rocky Balboa$3,266,866-27%3,017265$1,083$34,416,5421MGM
5The Good Shepherd$3,045,523-26%2,215--$1,375$21,306,7391Universal
6Eragon$2,708,835-12%3,03010$894$45,607,0102Fox
7Happy Feet$2,634,1467%2,565-770$1,027$165,624,2696Warner Bros.
8We Are Marshall$2,310,298-20%2,606--$887$13,767,9971Warner Bros.
9The Holiday$2,054,203-9%2,63521$780$41,262,7883Sony / Columbia
10Casino Royale (2006)$1,296,851-9%1,588-626$817$147,649,0066Sony / Columbia