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, Jul. 11 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 11 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix$44,232,754--4,181--$10,579$44,232,7540Warner Bros.
2Transformers$7,003,365-15%4,0110$1,746$180,591,1041Paramount / DreamWorks
3Ratatouille$3,921,698-6%3,625-315$1,082$121,674,3552Disney
4Live Free or Die Hard$1,746,893-16%3,215-193$543$90,421,1222Fox
5License to Wed$1,272,307-6%2,604203$489$21,884,9411Warner Bros.
6Evan Almighty$972,058-20%2,702-890$360$82,082,3663Universal
71408$787,834-13%2,294-337$343$56,466,9163MGM / Weinstein
8Knocked Up$565,510-16%1,713-468$330$134,029,5976Universal
9Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer$311,944-41%1,392-1316$224$125,271,6184Fox
10Ocean's Thirteen$297,446-26%1,465-776$203$110,259,1885Warner Bros.