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, Jul. 21 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 21 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight$24,493,679-44%4,366--$5,610$182,906,2861Warner Bros.
2Mamma Mia!$4,093,527-49%2,976--$1,376$31,844,7291Universal
3Hancock$1,684,167-58%3,776-189$446$193,228,1393Sony / Columbia
4Journey to the Center of the Earth$1,624,983-58%2,83019$574$45,132,1702Warner Bros. / New Line
5WALL-E$1,425,562-55%3,310-539$431$184,160,4224Disney
6Hellboy II: The Golden Army$1,172,420-63%3,2128$365$57,699,1822Universal
7Space Chimps$987,109-51%2,511--$393$8,170,1451Fox
8Wanted (2008)$656,617-57%2,433-724$270$123,980,2814Universal
9Get Smart$558,110-49%2,135-951$261$120,169,4985Warner Bros.
10Kung Fu Panda$282,121-54%1,505-1199$187$206,899,3547Paramount / DreamWorks