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 Tue, Nov. 11 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 11 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa$9,780,88590%4,056--$2,411$78,034,8341Paramount / DreamWorks
2Role Models$2,513,94415%2,792--$900$23,871,4381Universal
3High School Musical 3: Senior Year$1,600,24689%3,464-162$462$78,019,1153Disney
4Changeling$1,028,24442%1,8555$554$22,310,9083Universal
5Zack and Miri Make a Porno$892,13215%2,7350$326$22,353,8142The Weinstein Company
6Soul Men$601,54427%2,044--$294$6,476,4891MGM / Weinstein
7Beverly Hills Chihuahua$563,320116%2,359-645$239$89,085,4216Disney
8The Secret Life of Bees$538,25261%1,481-130$363$30,775,9764Fox Searchlight
9Saw V$469,0477%2,829-255$166$53,094,4583Lionsgate
10Eagle Eye$373,64330%1,407-600$266$97,007,2967Paramount / DreamWorks