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, Jan. 13 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 13 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$1,148,9525%3,532-171$325$314,571,3914New Line
2Big Fish$1,107,4942%2,4062281$460$25,584,1015Sony / Columbia
3Cold Mountain$719,55016%2,30286$313$56,686,0563Miramax
4Something's Gotta Give$664,40420%2,87668$231$93,728,9045Sony / Columbia
5Cheaper by the Dozen$515,2217%3,238-69$159$102,145,4013Fox
6The Last Samurai$460,82411%1,901-500$242$98,061,2306Warner Bros.
7Mona Lisa Smile$430,69631%2,500-214$172$57,641,3114Sony / Columbia
8Paycheck$400,8057%2,7620$145$47,216,5593Paramount
9My Baby's Daddy$304,398-9%1,447--$210$8,189,0711Miramax
10Chasing Liberty$301,1313%2,400--$125$6,675,5171Warner Bros.