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. 23 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 23 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$12,476,342-8%3,703--$3,369$150,139,8021New Line
2Mona Lisa Smile$2,281,387-1%2,677--$852$16,120,9181Sony / Columbia
3Something's Gotta Give$1,961,60112%2,6770$733$37,143,8522Sony / Columbia
4Elf$1,878,44221%2,451-425$766$158,261,4907New Line
5The Last Samurai$1,590,73716%2,93830$541$62,447,7633Warner Bros.
6Stuck on You$1,163,2809%3,0074$387$19,217,7842Fox
7The Haunted Mansion$1,045,88310%2,414-587$433$60,799,1694Disney
8Bad Santa$808,01311%2,225-315$363$44,460,7624Miramax / Dimension
9Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat$668,49210%2,121-834$315$95,202,9485Universal
10Love Don't Cost a Thing$575,5070%1,8440$312$12,343,4312Warner Bros.