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 Fri, Jul. 6 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 6 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers$22,656,06218%4,011--$5,648$107,560,3111Paramount / DreamWorks
2Ratatouille$9,430,59320%3,9400$2,394$89,947,4842Disney
3Live Free or Die Hard$5,450,22850%3,4113$1,598$72,142,2862Fox
4License to Wed$3,677,66866%2,604--$1,412$11,094,9271Warner Bros.
5Evan Almighty$2,906,83240%3,460-176$840$72,893,0023Universal
61408$2,375,16858%2,631-102$903$49,025,2433MGM / Weinstein
7Knocked Up$1,659,76754%2,213-452$750$128,528,5746Universal
8Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer$1,326,84036%2,618-806$507$120,966,5704Fox
9Ocean's Thirteen$1,097,20951%2,102-801$522$106,721,6505Warner Bros.
10Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End$958,05236%1,869-293$513$299,675,6617Disney