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, Feb. 24 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 24 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
150 First Dates$1,228,9478%3,61221$340$74,104,3792Sony / Columbia
2Eurotrip$547,6300%2,512--$218$7,804,2741DreamWorks
3Welcome to Mooseport$421,7399%2,868--$147$7,583,3051Fox
4Miracle$395,0720%2,713-42$146$51,146,5913Disney
5Barbershop 2: Back in Business$317,206-6%2,229-482$142$53,877,5083MGM
6Monster$299,54019%1,087-6$276$24,335,9569Newmarket
7Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen$282,078-11%2,503--$113$9,949,2601Disney
8The Butterfly Effect$274,50917%1,901-387$144$53,733,2725New Line
9Mystic River$258,55114%1,352-18$191$79,708,19519Warner Bros.
10The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$225,4377%1,407-256$160$361,558,83610New Line