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, Mar. 3 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 3 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Semi-Pro$1,139,520-70%3,121--$365$16,217,0301New Line
2Vantage Point$846,474-73%3,1501$269$41,670,3932Sony / Columbia
3The Other Boleyn Girl$595,369-71%1,166--$511$8,798,3451Sony / Columbia
4Jumper$519,520-74%3,128-302$166$67,310,1263Fox
5The Spiderwick Chronicles$514,093-81%3,654-193$141$55,544,9483Paramount
6No Country for Old Men$340,742-70%2,037936$167$68,566,93017Miramax
7Step Up 2 the Streets$340,284-75%2,52848$135$48,962,2443Disney
8Fool's Gold$288,727-72%2,845-230$101$59,089,9874Warner Bros.
9Definitely, Maybe$241,175-71%2,189-31$110$26,890,6083Universal
10Penelope$225,625-78%1,196--$189$4,028,2861Summit