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, Sep. 28 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 28 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Game Plan$6,336,915--3,103--$2,042$6,336,9151Disney
2The Kingdom$5,963,672--2,793--$2,135$5,963,6721Universal
3Resident Evil: Extinction$2,385,513127%2,8280$844$31,175,5092Sony / Screen Gems
4Good Luck Chuck$2,050,002158%2,6120$785$19,318,7942Lionsgate
53:10 to Yuma (2007)$1,230,736138%3,006104$409$40,974,6334Lionsgate
6The Brave One$1,088,886114%2,83782$384$28,205,8753Warner Bros.
7Mr. Woodcock$907,077268%2,195-42$413$17,545,6853New Line
8Eastern Promises$891,854112%1,4084$633$9,235,7633Focus
9Sydney White$853,765410%2,1062$405$6,733,8382Universal
10Feast of Love$564,800--1,200--$471$564,8001MGM