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 Sun, Dec. 2 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 2 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enchanted$4,382,530-39%3,7300$1,175$70,000,6112Disney
2Beowulf$2,241,416-36%3,24931$690$68,941,4283Paramount
3This Christmas$1,747,838-54%1,8580$941$36,432,5492Sony / Screen Gems
4Hitman$1,647,671-32%2,46810$668$30,429,6212Fox
5Fred Claus$1,453,566-41%3,420-183$425$59,786,1204Warner Bros.
6Awake$1,360,415-40%2,002--$680$5,855,9801MGM / Weinstein
7Bee Movie$1,235,530-41%3,150-357$392$117,613,4335Paramount / DreamWorks
8August Rush$1,177,451-43%2,3100$510$20,227,1492Warner Bros.
9The Mist$1,131,565-45%2,4230$467$19,564,6182MGM / Weinstein
10American Gangster$1,038,672-45%2,699-100$385$121,719,7355Universal