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, Oct. 26 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 26 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw IV$14,755,992--3,183--$4,636$14,755,9921Lionsgate
2Dan in Real Life$4,167,314--1,921--$2,169$4,167,3141Disney
330 Days of Night$2,254,704119%2,8594$789$22,871,6222Sony / Columbia
4The Game Plan$1,829,386277%3,34241$547$72,639,2255Disney
5Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?$1,623,905184%1,897-137$856$43,182,9783Lionsgate
6Michael Clayton$1,569,825195%2,5850$607$25,312,8704Warner Bros.
7Gone Baby Gone$1,248,257174%1,7130$729$8,660,9462Miramax
8The Comebacks$1,222,464339%2,8120$435$7,777,5012Fox Atomic
9We Own the Night$1,070,513143%2,40240$446$22,741,7783Sony / Columbia
10Rendition$764,412132%2,2500$340$6,216,5852New Line