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, Feb. 21 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 21 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghost Rider$2,173,887-18%3,619--$601$56,833,4321Sony / Columbia
2Bridge to Terabithia$1,256,753-17%3,139--$400$31,304,5121Disney
3Norbit$922,004-15%3,1382$294$64,012,2862Paramount / DreamWorks
4Music and Lyrics$857,766-13%2,95526$290$23,245,7991Warner Bros.
5Breach$662,664-9%1,489--$445$13,655,3771Universal
6Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls$485,893-21%2,1110$230$19,859,8061Lionsgate
7Hannibal Rising$408,287-8%3,0030$136$23,769,0122MGM / Weinstein
8Because I Said So$391,675-9%2,446-83$160$35,132,4923Universal
9Night at the Museum$303,411-10%2,042-394$149$239,139,2599Fox
10The Messengers$240,708-10%2,183-346$110$31,557,8853Sony / Screen Gems