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, Jul. 31 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 31 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight$8,402,784-4%4,306-60$1,951$351,089,4802Warner Bros.
2Step Brothers$3,433,948-5%3,094--$1,110$46,664,9771Sony / Columbia
3Mamma Mia!$3,080,470-4%2,99014$1,030$74,856,1292Universal
4Journey to the Center of the Earth$1,493,6542%2,688-142$556$66,270,0773Warner Bros. / New Line
5WALL-E$1,077,5321%3,044-266$354$199,477,6395Disney
6Hancock$1,051,7180%3,309-467$318$210,796,3724Sony / Columbia
7Space Chimps$810,063-1%2,53827$319$19,253,2592Fox
8The X-Files: I Want to Believe$783,023-7%3,185--$246$13,632,3411Fox
9Hellboy II: The Golden Army$648,0010%3,018-194$215$68,744,1773Universal
10Wanted (2008)$349,593-3%1,750-683$200$130,081,5815Universal