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, Dec. 3 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 3 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Santa$788,237-7%2,005160$393$19,309,8781Miramax / Dimension
2Gothika$703,148-12%2,3820$295$43,559,2362Warner Bros.
3The Missing$602,287-11%2,7560$219$17,182,7841Sony / Columbia
4The Haunted Mansion$569,002-8%3,1220$182$35,997,9431Disney
5Elf$563,345-13%3,2020$176$130,921,6754New Line
6Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat$521,979-9%3,4673$151$77,620,4552Universal
7Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$519,474-13%2,7030$192$68,309,4093Fox
8Love Actually$437,401-10%1,7148$255$44,731,4284Universal
9Timeline$372,067-15%2,7870$134$13,692,0071Paramount
10The Matrix Revolutions$231,513-13%2,0550$113$134,085,6794Warner Bros.