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 Thu, Nov. 15 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 15 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Gangster$1,423,555-2%3,0595$465$87,776,5762Universal
2Bee Movie$933,0317%3,94416$237$79,561,4952Paramount / DreamWorks
3Fred Claus$781,7966%3,603--$217$23,800,4401Warner Bros.
4Lions for Lambs$366,764-10%2,215--$166$8,689,4281MGM / United Artists
5Dan in Real Life$338,7794%1,94116$175$32,587,7493Disney
6Saw IV$300,7091%2,904-279$104$59,520,5843Lionsgate
730 Days of Night$148,354-7%1,696-931$87$38,188,6944Sony / Columbia
8P2$131,900-2%2,131--$62$2,770,5421Summit Entertainment
9Martian Child$108,041-2%2,0200$53$6,738,7022New Line
10Michael Clayton$104,069-5%1,150-957$90$36,145,1966Warner Bros.