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 Sat, Nov. 24 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 24 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enchanted$12,936,609-10%3,730--$3,468$41,906,9641Disney
2This Christmas$7,311,473-1%1,858--$3,935$23,113,9921Sony / Screen Gems
3Beowulf$6,362,072-2%3,21865$1,977$52,960,6162Paramount
4Hitman$4,922,114-6%2,458--$2,002$18,081,6151Fox
5Bee Movie$4,536,566-5%3,507-477$1,294$109,371,9314Paramount / DreamWorks
6Fred Claus$4,159,038-4%3,6030$1,154$50,779,9963Warner Bros.
7August Rush$3,703,211-2%2,310--$1,603$11,299,1421Warner Bros.
8American Gangster$3,624,8751%2,799-311$1,295$113,760,2614Universal
9The Mist$3,487,7550%2,423--$1,439$10,895,4171MGM / Weinstein
10Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium$2,997,114-9%3,1684$946$20,529,4372Fox