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, Jan. 6 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 6 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Night at the Museum$10,485,68748%3,730-38$2,811$157,693,2933Fox
2The Pursuit of Happyness$5,697,78938%3,027157$1,882$120,994,6734Sony / Columbia
3Children of Men$4,044,24513%1,2091193$3,345$9,223,6131Universal
4Freedom Writers$3,939,64316%1,360--$2,897$7,341,7391Paramount
5The Good Shepherd$2,823,50840%2,25032$1,255$46,733,7323Universal
6Charlotte's Web (2006)$2,819,05351%3,303-442$853$65,055,5384Paramount
7Happily N'Ever After$2,770,35731%2,381--$1,164$4,884,7461Lionsgate
8Rocky Balboa$2,563,77732%3,018-1$849$59,129,1853MGM
9We Are Marshall$2,122,59025%2,502-104$848$33,011,4163Warner Bros.
10Eragon$2,072,96749%2,625-360$790$65,696,8924Fox