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 Tue, Sep. 25 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 25 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Extinction$1,338,461-16%2,828--$473$26,611,0341Sony / Screen Gems
2Good Luck Chuck$988,3721%2,612--$378$15,620,4051Lionsgate
3The Brave One$562,49310%2,7550$204$26,077,9542Warner Bros.
43:10 to Yuma (2007)$526,79810%2,902235$182$38,727,3643Lionsgate
5Eastern Promises$516,8507%1,4041389$368$7,460,7982Focus
6Superbad$267,4282%2,305-605$116$116,711,4846Sony / Columbia
7Mr. Woodcock$252,5395%2,2376$113$16,145,8272New Line
8The Bourne Ultimatum$200,9206%2,009-602$100$220,632,8588Universal
9Sydney White$189,48812%2,104--$90$5,553,6341Universal
10Dragon Wars: D-War$160,113-9%2,246-31$71$8,998,2372Freestyle