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 Mon, Feb. 26 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 26 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ghost Rider$1,133,743-78%3,6201$313$80,162,6882Sony / Columbia
2The Number 23$854,094-74%2,759--$310$15,459,0701New Line
3Reno 911!: Miami$699,512-70%2,702--$259$10,973,9081Fox
4Bridge to Terabithia$618,054-84%3,1390$197$47,621,6502Disney
5Norbit$484,420-80%3,1457$154$75,244,3663Paramount / DreamWorks
6Music and Lyrics$482,561-67%2,9550$163$32,199,5612Warner Bros.
7Breach$410,226-67%1,4934$275$20,716,0272Universal
8The Astronaut Farmer$294,396-73%2,155--$137$4,749,3241Warner Bros.
9Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls$284,514-74%2,1110$135$25,418,2302Lionsgate
10Because I Said So$202,750-67%1,936-510$105$38,472,5574Universal