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, Apr. 2 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 2 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blades of Glory$2,554,675-69%3,372--$758$35,567,5281Paramount / DreamWorks
2Meet the Robinsons$2,102,871-71%3,413--$616$27,226,9551Disney
3300$1,094,059-68%3,004-276$364$181,036,7834Warner Bros.
4TMNT$741,944-73%3,12010$238$39,244,2122Warner Bros.
5Shooter$709,515-71%2,8060$253$28,284,6862Paramount
6Wild Hogs$600,114-72%3,200-201$188$136,231,1635Disney
7Premonition$414,685-67%2,474-357$168$39,872,9263Sony / Columbia
8The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)$388,072-66%2,46518$157$16,458,9282Fox Atomic
9The Last Mimzy$296,011-74%3,0170$98$16,310,0962New Line
10Reign Over Me$287,084-72%1,6710$172$13,752,0332Sony / Columbia