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. 22 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 22 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Twilight (2008)$21,287,092-41%3,419--$6,226$57,265,7161Summit
2Quantum of Solace$11,791,85739%3,4587$3,410$102,339,9812Sony / Columbia
3Bolt$11,633,45565%3,651--$3,186$18,670,1581Disney
4Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa$7,308,08796%4,007-58$1,824$132,480,4753Paramount / DreamWorks
5Role Models$3,115,03629%2,733-65$1,140$46,326,7463Universal
6Changeling$1,243,02455%1,739-157$715$31,014,3455Universal
7High School Musical 3: Senior Year$952,00374%2,361-841$403$86,312,7395Disney
8Zack and Miri Make a Porno$678,72629%1,222-988$555$28,853,2884The Weinstein Company
9The Secret Life of Bees$575,56162%1,095-354$526$35,307,7606Fox Searchlight