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 Wed, Nov. 26 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 26 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Haunted Mansion$4,548,561--3,122--$1,457$4,548,5610Disney
2Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat$4,364,93169%3,464--$1,260$47,249,5321Universal
3Elf$3,849,53792%3,202-179$1,202$101,873,4653New Line
4Gothika$2,320,38218%2,382--$974$25,196,2211Warner Bros.
5Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$1,999,67133%2,703-398$740$51,985,4342Fox
6Timeline$1,933,330--2,787--$694$1,933,3300Paramount
7The Missing$1,841,814--2,756--$668$1,841,8140Sony / Columbia
8Bad Santa$1,642,616--1,845--$890$1,642,6160Miramax / Dimension
9Love Actually$1,322,19534%1,706529$775$33,442,0693Universal
10The Matrix Revolutions$857,64613%2,055-1447$417$127,562,9213Warner Bros.