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 Tue, Dec. 16 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 16 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something's Gotta Give$1,580,6616%2,677--$590$19,132,9381Sony / Columbia
2The Last Samurai$1,365,2675%2,9080$469$49,544,1232Warner Bros.
3Stuck on You$575,096-9%3,003--$192$10,618,6291Fox
4Bad Santa$543,0403%2,540449$214$36,796,8193Miramax / Dimension
5Elf$448,59111%2,876-243$156$148,378,4356New Line
6Honey (2003)$296,8438%1,97230$151$20,350,3842Universal
7Gothika$277,9122%1,806-399$154$54,484,4874Warner Bros.
8The Haunted Mansion$274,470-6%3,001-121$91$54,316,9783Disney
9Love Actually$266,87418%1,566-106$170$52,668,8506Universal
10Love Don't Cost a Thing$261,539-8%1,844--$142$6,861,7261Warner Bros.