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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Jul. 16 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 16 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix$10,415,057-55%4,285--$2,431$150,129,1721Warner Bros.
2Transformers$4,940,209-58%4,05039$1,220$228,951,4052Paramount / DreamWorks
3Ratatouille$2,524,448-54%3,625-315$696$145,520,5183Disney
4Live Free or Die Hard$1,420,355-58%3,201-210$444$104,744,2503Fox
5License to Wed$1,062,186-48%2,715111$391$31,444,3262Warner Bros.
61408$698,412-50%2,206-425$317$62,826,3924MGM / Weinstein
7Evan Almighty$674,340-52%2,697-763$250$88,462,1314Universal
8Knocked Up$504,847-53%1,710-503$295$138,723,8507Universal
9Ocean's Thirteen$237,467-57%1,244-858$191$112,749,0596Warner Bros.
10Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer$221,406-55%1,312-1306$169$127,412,5335Fox