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, Jan. 7 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 7 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$1,805,867-10%3,7030$488$296,463,6713New Line
2Cold Mountain$955,4140%2,21653$431$46,542,8062Miramax
3Something's Gotta Give$927,6283%2,80899$330$83,881,5234Sony / Columbia
4Cheaper by the Dozen$819,806-10%3,3079$248$88,650,4412Fox
5The Last Samurai$648,697-4%2,401-156$270$92,012,9065Warner Bros.
6Paycheck$634,475-5%2,7620$230$40,687,6402Paramount
7Mona Lisa Smile$618,233-4%2,71437$228$51,880,8703Sony / Columbia
8Peter Pan (2003)$350,566-11%2,8130$125$35,504,0952Universal
9Stuck on You$185,067-6%2,064-336$90$31,334,0824Fox
10Bad Santa$170,767-2%1,7100$100$57,482,1766Miramax / Dimension