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, Sep. 4 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 4 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tropic Thunder$723,188-4%3,473121$208$89,310,0413Paramount / DreamWorks
2The Dark Knight$528,767-1%2,750-313$192$506,495,1017Warner Bros.
3Babylon A.D.$470,032-9%3,390--$139$13,197,7671Fox
4Traitor$446,797-3%2,0540$218$12,993,3831Overture
5Death Race$443,878-5%2,5375$175$26,197,4622Universal
6The House Bunny$418,3540%2,7140$154$28,048,2692Sony / Columbia
7Mamma Mia!$372,7625%1,968-94$189$133,582,5097Universal
8Pineapple Express$286,265-5%2,047-368$140$81,756,1604Sony / Columbia
9Mirrors$173,160-1%1,820-721$95$25,944,0643Fox
10Disaster Movie$167,498-10%2,642--$63$7,572,5871Lionsgate