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, Jul. 9 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 9 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers$9,927,364-55%4,011961$2,475$165,334,0751Paramount / DreamWorks
2Ratatouille$4,068,976-53%3,9400$1,033$113,600,3032Disney
3Live Free or Die Hard$2,179,478-60%3,4113$639$86,602,3062Fox
4License to Wed$1,413,533-52%2,604--$543$19,253,6031Warner Bros.
5Evan Almighty$1,193,092-52%3,460-176$345$79,898,5613Universal
61408$1,031,551-50%2,631-102$392$54,770,6483MGM / Weinstein
7Knocked Up$697,908-55%2,213-452$315$132,789,1726Universal
8Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer$546,697-56%2,618-806$209$124,426,8474Fox
9Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End$430,857-50%1,869-293$231$302,156,7077Disney
10Ocean's Thirteen$409,198-59%2,102-801$195$109,559,0585Warner Bros.