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, Apr. 11 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 11 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blades of Glory$1,762,942-7%3,41038$517$74,365,3872Paramount / DreamWorks
2Meet the Robinsons$1,704,6350%3,43522$496$58,230,0852Disney
3Are We Done Yet?$1,052,756-10%2,8770$366$22,790,0321Sony / Columbia
4Grindhouse$827,587-16%2,624--$315$14,676,0631Weinstein / Dimension
5The Reaping$703,339-9%2,603--$270$14,467,0031Warner Bros.
6300$687,045-6%2,674-330$257$195,802,0765Warner Bros.
7Wild Hogs$545,735-1%2,825-120$193$147,058,1786Disney
8Shooter$520,967-5%2,353-453$221$38,459,3753Paramount
9Firehouse Dog$446,6140%2,860294$156$6,720,9451Fox
10TMNT$394,983-9%2,811-309$141$48,161,6703Warner Bros.