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. 15 1999

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 15 1999LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pokemon: The First Movie$1,218,865-86%3,043--$401$52,041,9751Warner Bros.
2The Bone Collector$843,441-73%2,5947$325$36,333,6842Universal
3Dogma$720,481-68%1,269--$568$9,322,1941Lionsgate
4The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc$492,248-71%2,147--$229$7,657,1861Sony / Columbia
5The Insider$322,086-74%1,83324$176$14,353,2062Disney
6Anywhere But Here$298,700-77%1,672--$179$5,905,6191Fox
7House on Haunted Hill (1999)$273,185-74%2,530-180$108$35,122,9293Warner Bros.
8The Bachelor$225,633-77%2,5242$89$14,517,3212New Line
9The Best Man$168,654-74%1,053-237$160$18,603,0134Universal
10American Beauty$164,021-70%1,264-289$130$62,208,4229DreamWorks