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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Feb. 11 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 11 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Barbershop 2: Back in Business$901,857-11%2,711--$333$27,472,2481MGM
2Miracle$827,794-2%2,605--$318$22,072,0201Disney
3The Butterfly Effect$437,065-16%2,519-86$174$42,752,1103New Line
4Along Came Polly$354,922-8%2,958-94$120$76,160,6194Universal
5The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$263,310-7%1,878-378$140$351,978,4488New Line
6Mystic River$262,304-6%1,3700$191$70,693,47217Warner Bros.
7Cold Mountain$237,722-5%1,917-583$124$83,590,8697Miramax
8You Got Served$226,498-9%1,94310$117$26,683,0592Sony / Screen Gems
9Something's Gotta Give$206,3050%1,237-364$167$116,065,7899Sony / Columbia
10Big Fish$189,237-7%1,617-663$117$60,303,7569Sony / Columbia