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 Mon, Dec. 31 2007

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 31 2007LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1National Treasure: Book of Secrets$9,188,536-14%3,8320$2,398$133,264,7572Disney
2Alvin and the Chipmunks$5,672,307-31%3,484-15$1,628$147,073,1793Fox
3I Am Legend$4,855,326-41%3,63616$1,335$199,345,6873Warner Bros.
4Charlie Wilson's War$3,914,9646%2,5750$1,520$38,665,3452Universal
5The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep$2,262,224-18%2,772--$816$19,058,4701Sony / Columbia
6Juno$1,910,751-47%1,019715$1,875$27,928,4321Fox Searchlight
7P.S. I Love You$1,703,994-43%2,46410$692$25,291,1272Warner Bros.
8Enchanted$1,564,586-20%2,262-490$692$112,146,6776Disney
9The Great Debaters$1,436,668-16%1,171--$1,227$14,693,5881MGM / Weinstein
10Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street$1,371,487-49%1,2490$1,098$28,286,9062Paramount / DreamWorks