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, Jan. 24 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 24 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dreamgirls$677,545-1%2,214307$306$79,351,0424Paramount / DreamWorks
2Night at the Museum$563,846-4%3,483-129$162$206,674,7105Fox
3Stomp the Yard$504,675-11%2,0510$246$42,283,2452Sony / Screen Gems
4The Queen$467,2347%1,5861242$295$36,710,50517Miramax
5The Pursuit of Happyness$463,879-1%3,066-103$151$147,461,2606Sony / Columbia
6The Hitcher (2007)$451,182-13%2,831--$159$9,348,5241Rogue
7Children of Men$312,540-3%1,52416$205$28,416,3883Universal
8Freedom Writers$305,7871%2,286107$134$27,438,8293Paramount
9Alpha Dog$252,333-11%1,2923$195$12,618,8072Universal
10The Good Shepherd$164,4375%1,571-423$105$58,074,2065Universal