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 Mon, Mar. 8 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 8 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Passion of the Christ$5,003,598-72%3,170127$1,578$218,894,0402Newmarket
2Starsky & Hutch$2,010,744-71%3,185--$631$30,114,3491Warner Bros.
3Hidalgo$1,297,263-74%3,063--$424$20,126,4971Disney
450 First Dates$437,895-75%3,040-410$144$99,788,8424Sony / Columbia
5Twisted$371,858-71%2,7041$138$16,855,8232Paramount
6The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King$222,426-75%1,903791$117$368,437,71712New Line
7Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights$194,407-72%2,0420$95$10,348,9052Lions Gate
8Monster$179,517-67%1,082114$166$30,139,23311Newmarket
9Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen$161,638-85%2,180-323$74$21,963,2883Disney
10Eurotrip$145,301-63%1,602-942$91$15,843,2613DreamWorks