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 Mon, Nov. 24 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 24 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Twilight (2008)$4,515,882-64%3,419--$1,321$74,154,5901Summit
2Quantum of Solace$2,202,009-66%3,4587$637$110,993,4832Sony / Columbia
3Bolt$1,966,452-74%3,651--$539$28,190,2531Disney
4Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa$1,179,705-75%4,007-58$294$138,287,2723Paramount / DreamWorks
5Role Models$820,985-54%2,733-65$300$48,950,9033Universal
6Changeling$252,627-61%1,739-157$145$31,919,1065Universal
7Zack and Miri Make a Porno$192,320-52%1,222-988$157$29,446,4314The Weinstein Company
8High School Musical 3: Senior Year$180,962-67%2,361-841$77$87,040,8155Disney
9The Secret Life of Bees$126,403-62%1,095-354$115$35,769,8186Fox Searchlight