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 Thu, Jan. 29 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 29 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Butterfly Effect$1,228,604-4%2,605--$472$22,182,6111New Line
2Along Came Polly$852,677-3%2,99511$285$56,695,6412Universal
3The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$552,786-4%2,558-445$216$340,026,3766New Line
4Mystic River$472,1522%1,3271194$356$60,493,51315Warner Bros.
5Big Fish$443,715-8%2,438-76$182$50,784,4217Sony / Columbia
6Cold Mountain$433,728-2%2,8020$155$74,320,6725Miramax
7Something's Gotta Give$395,610-3%2,143-359$185$108,528,3037Sony / Columbia
8Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!$373,377-11%2,711--$138$8,895,6821DreamWorks
9Cheaper by the Dozen$280,437-19%2,810-215$100$123,747,7525Fox
10Torque$224,493-8%2,4630$91$18,239,7752Warner Bros.