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 Wed, Oct. 15 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 15 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Body of Lies$939,166-18%2,710--$347$16,603,2781Warner Bros.
2Quarantine$837,567-16%2,461--$340$17,532,0931Sony / Screen Gems
3Beverly Hills Chihuahua$760,061-8%3,2183$236$56,943,1142Disney
4Eagle Eye$667,958-8%3,61498$185$73,200,1683Paramount / DreamWorks
5Nights in Rodanthe$422,400-7%2,575-127$164$33,746,5733Warner Bros.
6Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist$405,997-8%2,4210$168$22,344,8742Sony / Columbia
7Appaloosa$298,051-12%1,290245$231$11,957,6444Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Duchess$297,035-10%1,2071080$246$6,681,4404Paramount Vantage
9The Express$266,602-10%2,808--$95$5,699,0501Universal
10City of Ember$180,097-10%2,022--$89$3,981,4711Fox