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. 30 2003

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 30 2003LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$9,615,884-4%3,7030$2,597$241,937,5362New Line
2Cheaper by the Dozen$7,004,9266%3,298--$2,124$49,006,4781Fox
3Peter Pan (2003)$2,758,0688%2,813--$980$19,931,7911Universal
4Cold Mountain$2,744,5535%2,163--$1,269$24,450,9481Miramax
5Something's Gotta Give$2,737,4597%2,70932$1,011$61,200,3983Sony / Columbia
6Mona Lisa Smile$2,707,5918%2,6770$1,011$36,449,4282Sony / Columbia
7Paycheck$2,214,7850%2,762--$802$23,031,6701Paramount
8The Last Samurai$1,923,4708%2,557-381$752$78,028,0384Warner Bros.
9Elf$1,089,62412%2,015-436$541$166,738,1528New Line
10Stuck on You$861,3714%2,400-607$359$26,100,4063Fox