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, Nov. 7 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 7 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Gangster$2,931,126-17%3,054--$960$53,598,0441Universal
2Bee Movie$1,556,482-44%3,928--$396$44,362,9681Paramount / DreamWorks
3Saw IV$607,553-16%3,1830$191$52,470,0202Lionsgate
4Dan in Real Life$498,975-12%1,9254$259$24,274,0312Disney
530 Days of Night$306,225-9%2,627-232$117$34,939,2263Sony / Columbia
6Michael Clayton$219,985-1%2,107-478$104$33,713,2015Warner Bros.
7Gone Baby Gone$208,567-10%1,617-96$129$15,408,6033Miramax
8Martian Child$203,294-22%2,020--$101$4,055,1171New Line
9The Game Plan$181,557-47%2,844-498$64$82,776,8206Disney
10Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?$137,044-20%1,403-494$98$51,536,2214Lionsgate