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, Mar. 7 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 7 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wild Hogs$2,324,783-8%3,287--$707$47,091,8001Disney
2Zodiac$845,253-9%2,362--$358$16,154,1071Paramount
3Ghost Rider$596,570-8%3,608-12$165$96,727,2753Sony / Columbia
4The Number 23$489,231-8%2,7590$177$25,680,6642New Line
5Bridge to Terabithia$475,1254%3,15920$150$59,595,8933Disney
6Music and Lyrics$328,443-4%2,644-311$124$39,650,2283Warner Bros.
7Black Snake Moan$297,622-9%1,252--$238$5,131,5271Paramount Vantage
8Reno 911!: Miami$270,288-7%2,7020$100$17,472,1342Fox
9Norbit$266,877-2%2,827-318$94$83,735,0304Paramount / DreamWorks
10Breach$239,486-3%1,4985$160$26,274,1103Universal