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. 22 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 22 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enchanted$6,652,312-17%3,632--$1,832$14,619,4720Disney
2This Christmas$4,165,349-1%1,802--$2,312$8,382,7970Sony / Screen Gems
3Beowulf$3,582,5183%3,218--$1,113$40,096,2351Paramount
4Hitman$3,498,384-21%2,401--$1,457$7,913,7580Fox
5Fred Claus$2,468,85531%3,6030$685$42,296,6772Warner Bros.
6August Rush$1,958,2045%2,280--$859$3,821,8760Warner Bros.
7The Mist$1,940,477-2%2,423--$801$3,929,8290MGM / Weinstein
8American Gangster$1,927,90525%2,814-245$685$106,539,1203Universal
9Bee Movie$1,800,578-17%3,507-437$513$100,046,6173Paramount / DreamWorks
10Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium$1,366,391-8%3,167--$431$14,243,4791Fox