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, Dec. 11 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 11 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Last Samurai$1,928,953-5%2,908--$663$32,788,6171Warner Bros.
2Bad Santa$695,2289%2,09186$332$29,709,4902Miramax / Dimension
3Elf$495,101-1%3,119-83$159$141,507,1215New Line
4Honey (2003)$447,755-2%1,942--$231$14,917,3491Universal
5The Haunted Mansion$404,2780%3,1220$129$47,611,3082Disney
6Gothika$401,116-1%2,205-177$182$51,210,2473Warner Bros.
7Love Actually$343,3433%1,672-42$205$50,061,8665Universal
8The Missing$334,950-5%2,7560$122$23,161,7992Sony / Columbia
9Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World$324,9480%2,344-359$139$73,812,6894Fox
10Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat$308,141-5%3,409-58$90$86,564,6273Universal