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 Thu, Apr. 3 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 3 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121$1,770,0987%2,648--$668$31,433,2341Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!$1,086,5448%3,826-135$284$121,959,8623Fox
3Superhero Movie$458,5933%2,960--$155$11,483,0391MGM / Weinstein
4Drillbit Taylor$410,48910%3,0615$134$22,083,1692Paramount
5Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns$400,8406%2,01610$199$34,246,1492Lionsgate
610,000 B.C.$388,7596%3,055-399$127$86,552,5084Warner Bros.
7Shutter (2008)$325,8796%2,7563$118$20,308,6912Fox
8Stop-Loss$319,9053%1,291--$248$5,898,8651Paramount
9The Bank Job$256,7925%1,605-8$160$25,092,6184Lionsgate
10College Road Trip$230,8679%2,270-305$102$39,218,4264Disney