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 Tue, Feb. 13 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 13 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Norbit$1,214,557-36%3,136--$387$37,301,0611Paramount / DreamWorks
2Hannibal Rising$674,526-24%3,003--$225$14,613,0631MGM / Weinstein
3Because I Said So$493,141-15%2,5293$195$26,880,8412Universal
4The Messengers$295,380-25%2,5291$117$25,429,7952Sony / Screen Gems
5Smokin' Aces$284,131-16%2,199-20$129$31,795,6273Universal
6Pan's Labyrinth$256,139-9%1,14361$224$27,153,8687Picturehouse
7Night at the Museum$236,199-28%2,702-301$87$232,713,6088Fox
8Dreamgirls$211,928-15%2,284-513$93$97,473,2947Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Queen$180,186-14%1,564-286$115$49,239,26520Miramax
10Epic Movie$160,147-33%2,806-34$57$35,996,1733Fox