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, Mar. 3 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 3 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Passion of the Christ$8,402,514-9%3,04337$2,761$153,003,7291Newmarket
250 First Dates$728,152-12%3,450-162$211$90,945,6103Sony / Columbia
3Twisted$615,102-4%2,703--$228$10,739,2771Paramount
4Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights$328,528-16%2,042--$161$6,863,5261Lions Gate
5Eurotrip$305,557-18%2,54432$120$13,763,5742DreamWorks
6The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$244,595-13%1,112-295$220$364,924,69011New Line
7Mystic River$232,186-13%1,125-227$206$82,988,84520Warner Bros.
8Miracle$225,254-2%2,222-303$101$57,021,3484Disney
9Welcome to Mooseport$220,752-4%2,8680$77$12,187,8982Fox
10Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen$191,633-11%2,5030$77$17,547,6712Disney