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 Wed, Jan. 23 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 23 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloverfield$1,667,549-21%3,411--$489$49,930,1361Paramount
227 Dresses$1,339,041-9%3,057--$438$30,246,3461Fox
3The Bucket List$1,044,021-5%2,9154$358$46,363,4942Warner Bros.
4Juno$889,9984%2,53486$351$88,840,7574Fox Searchlight
5Mad Money$444,789-11%2,470--$180$10,220,3581Overture
6Atonement$428,9521%1,291341$332$33,503,6277Focus
7National Treasure: Book of Secrets$386,171-13%2,963-414$130$200,323,4105Disney
8First Sunday$309,058-15%2,2130$140$30,845,1252Sony / Screen Gems
9I Am Legend$307,783-8%2,525-828$122$249,125,7146Warner Bros.
10Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street$231,997-1%1,507184$154$49,142,6355Paramount / DreamWorks