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 Thu, Jun. 28 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 28 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Live Free or Die Hard$5,916,111-35%3,172--$1,865$15,027,1330Fox
2Evan Almighty$3,349,164-1%3,604--$929$45,534,3601Universal
31408$1,987,115-1%2,678--$742$29,781,3581MGM / Weinstein
4Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer$1,879,5170%3,9634$474$105,799,8422Fox
5Knocked Up$1,302,121-1%2,859-48$455$114,990,6194Universal
6Ocean's Thirteen$1,060,452-4%3,361-204$316$96,039,5553Warner Bros.
7Surf's Up$1,030,1271%2,925-606$352$51,308,8733Sony / Columbia
8Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End$903,8662%2,544-785$355$290,743,5555Disney
9Nancy Drew$831,648-1%2,574-38$323$19,334,5612Warner Bros.
10Shrek the Third$816,9682%2,822-683$289$311,068,1666Paramount / DreamWorks