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 Sun, Apr. 18 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 18 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kill Bill Vol. 2$5,995,368-28%2,971--$2,018$25,106,1321Miramax
2The Punisher$3,485,501-33%2,649--$1,316$13,836,0251Lionsgate
3Home on the Range$1,605,734-33%2,735-323$587$37,779,8893Disney
4Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed$1,586,786-31%2,810-320$565$72,311,5954Warner Bros.
5Johnson Family Vacation$1,442,656-48%1,3269$1,088$20,978,8462Fox Searchlight
6Hellboy$1,326,753-54%2,897-146$458$50,308,2513Sony / Columbia
7The Passion of the Christ$1,231,785-27%2,848-392$433$360,764,6888Newmarket
8Walking Tall$1,171,260-41%2,444-392$479$36,632,8463MGM
9Ella Enchanted$1,115,529-39%1,9398$575$13,615,2522Miramax
10The Alamo (2004)$1,092,479-39%2,6090$419$16,403,2082Disney