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. 15 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 15 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quantum of Solace$25,831,495-4%3,451--$7,485$52,838,6701Sony / Columbia
2Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa$16,882,854107%4,0659$4,153$106,920,1522Paramount / DreamWorks
3Role Models$4,742,09925%2,7986$1,695$34,958,7322Universal
4High School Musical 3: Senior Year$3,017,407126%3,202-262$942$82,863,7704Disney
5Changeling$1,923,64655%1,89641$1,015$26,541,9244Universal
6Zack and Miri Make a Porno$1,327,92022%2,210-525$601$25,730,1013The Weinstein Company
7Soul Men$1,106,05059%2,0484$540$8,824,6332MGM / Weinstein
8The Secret Life of Bees$1,078,76962%1,449-32$744$33,033,4945Fox Searchlight
9Beverly Hills Chihuahua$852,935191%1,617-742$527$90,447,5297Disney
10Saw V$780,40434%2,002-827$390$54,973,2654Lionsgate