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, Nov. 30 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 30 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enchanted$4,834,814346%3,7300$1,296$58,433,0162Disney
2Beowulf$2,477,724158%3,24931$763$63,210,8993Paramount
3This Christmas$2,406,997400%1,8580$1,295$30,897,8592Sony / Screen Gems
4Awake$2,230,171--2,002--$1,114$2,230,1711MGM / Weinstein
5Hitman$1,945,322182%2,46810$788$26,352,0582Fox
6August Rush$1,766,467259%2,3100$765$16,972,2552Warner Bros.
7Fred Claus$1,603,991375%3,420-183$469$55,888,3304Warner Bros.
8The Mist$1,359,831191%2,4230$561$16,370,4462MGM / Weinstein
9American Gangster$1,335,699218%2,699-100$495$118,792,0215Universal
10Bee Movie$1,124,016282%3,150-357$357$114,293,2795Paramount / DreamWorks