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, Jul. 15 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 15 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hancock$3,510,353-8%3,9650$885$171,435,6732Sony / Columbia
2Hellboy II: The Golden Army$3,188,379-14%3,204--$995$41,443,9021Universal
3Journey to the Center of the Earth$2,652,640-3%2,811--$944$26,396,5221Warner Bros. / New Line
4WALL-E$2,463,536-4%3,849-143$640$168,100,3643Disney
5Wanted (2008)$1,564,048-2%3,157-28$495$115,614,3363Universal
6Get Smart$1,021,8210%3,086-488$331$113,611,7414Warner Bros.
7Meet Dave$671,7350%3,011--$223$6,596,5171Fox
8Kung Fu Panda$661,919-3%2,704-643$245$203,500,8996Paramount / DreamWorks
9Kit Kittredge: An American Girl$466,0712%1,8496$252$11,915,2554Picturehouse
10The Incredible Hulk$319,837-3%1,945-1098$164$130,558,2725Universal