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 Thu, Feb. 8 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 8 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Because I Said So$808,479-6%2,526--$320$16,585,7601Universal
2The Messengers$617,0611%2,528--$244$17,524,2181Sony / Screen Gems
3Smokin' Aces$522,009-4%2,2191$235$27,058,2772Universal
4Pan's Labyrinth$326,0343%1,082259$301$23,039,0066Picturehouse
5Night at the Museum$323,0450%3,003-238$108$226,397,0577Fox
6Epic Movie$309,794-5%2,84039$109$31,023,9722Fox
7Dreamgirls$308,660-3%2,79712$110$94,031,4006Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Queen$273,7930%1,85020$148$46,475,88019Miramax
9The Pursuit of Happyness$224,1301%2,233-455$100$158,135,2608Sony / Columbia
10Stomp the Yard$197,786-1%2,16954$91$56,726,0434Sony / Screen Gems