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 Sat, Sep. 20 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 20 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lakeview Terrace$6,489,93826%2,464--$2,634$11,634,5491Sony / Screen Gems
2Burn After Reading$5,004,59244%2,6576$1,884$33,590,9522Focus
3Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys$3,461,90362%2,0700$1,672$26,452,5372Lionsgate
4Igor$3,431,00063%2,339--$1,467$5,541,3541MGM
5Righteous Kill$3,307,35943%3,1520$1,049$26,731,2162Overture
6My Best Friend's Girl$3,247,0365%2,604--$1,247$6,344,8391Lionsgate
7Ghost Town (2008)$2,274,50749%1,505--$1,511$3,804,1381Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Women (2008)$2,189,00919%2,99533$731$17,933,9962Picturehouse
9The Dark Knight$1,391,90673%1,905-286$731$521,184,86410Warner Bros.
10The House Bunny$1,255,95551%2,675-88$470$41,964,2285Sony / Columbia