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 Sun, Apr. 15 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 15 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Disturbia$4,568,008-48%2,925--$1,562$22,223,6891Paramount / DreamWorks
2Meet the Robinsons$3,785,999-31%3,238-197$1,169$72,372,2253Disney
3Blades of Glory$3,351,228-44%3,46757$967$89,956,7873Paramount / DreamWorks
4Perfect Stranger$2,593,511-45%2,661--$975$11,206,3841Sony / Columbia
5Are We Done Yet?$2,458,363-39%2,8770$854$32,755,7222Sony / Columbia
6Pathfinder$1,420,155-24%1,720--$826$5,000,6011Fox
7300$1,257,526-35%2,140-534$588$200,967,1406Warner Bros.
8Grindhouse$1,220,725-32%2,6295$464$19,792,3052Weinstein / Dimension
9The Reaping$1,201,994-37%2,6030$462$19,765,7592Warner Bros.
10Wild Hogs$1,078,855-52%2,429-396$444$152,281,2207Disney