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 Thu, Nov. 27 2008

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 27 2008LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Four Christmases$8,902,81846%3,200--$2,782$14,984,2530Warner Bros. / New Line
2Twilight (2008)$5,231,466-34%3,425--$1,527$93,362,7361Summit
3Quantum of Solace$4,586,35113%3,50150$1,310$122,584,7002Sony / Columbia
4Bolt$4,322,649-15%3,654--$1,183$40,268,0791Disney
5Australia$2,935,89229%2,617--$1,122$5,204,2320Fox
6Transporter 3$2,842,914-14%2,626--$1,083$6,167,6480Lionsgate
7Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa$2,210,762-19%3,709-356$596$144,858,8943Paramount / DreamWorks
8Role Models$1,327,42313%2,195-603$605$52,587,1923Universal
9Changeling$212,62517%1,010-886$211$32,644,8845Universal
10High School Musical 3: Senior Year$127,984-50%1,385-1817$92$87,686,7095Disney