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 Tue, Jun. 17 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 17 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Incredible Hulk$4,801,487-20%3,505--$1,370$66,225,9961Universal
2Kung Fu Panda$4,148,1260%4,13622$1,003$125,599,1752Paramount / DreamWorks
3The Happening$2,450,611-22%2,986--$821$36,098,3681Fox
4You Don't Mess with the Zohan$2,006,206-9%3,4664$579$72,972,0312Sony / Columbia
5Sex and the City$1,621,8036%3,155-170$514$122,669,9843Warner Bros. / New Line
6Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull$1,455,092-3%3,804-386$383$279,471,5284Paramount
7Iron Man$680,588-5%2,403-528$283$299,320,6467Paramount
8The Strangers$565,094-13%2,410-67$234$46,502,2393Universal / Rogue
9The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian$468,6107%2,308-757$203$132,809,6095Disney
10What Happens in Vegas$249,7201%1,422-944$176$76,250,0656Fox