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, Nov. 1 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 1 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1High School Musical 3: Senior Year$8,218,588389%3,6263$2,267$56,616,3722Disney
2Zack and Miri Make a Porno$4,809,966119%2,735--$1,759$7,004,8571The Weinstein Company
3Changeling$4,384,59990%1,8501835$2,370$7,367,0082Universal
4Saw V$4,285,06935%3,08424$1,389$43,183,5522Lionsgate
5The Haunting of Molly Hartley$2,458,36537%2,652--$927$4,246,9251Freestyle
6Beverly Hills Chihuahua$2,456,044285%3,004-186$818$82,411,0015Disney
7The Secret Life of Bees$1,970,336134%1,611-19$1,223$24,101,0273Fox Searchlight
8Max Payne$1,837,259145%2,564-817$717$34,440,4533Fox
9Eagle Eye$1,794,231157%2,007-551$894$91,624,1616Paramount / DreamWorks
10Pride and Glory$1,604,420113%2,5850$621$10,713,2962Warner Bros. / New Line