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, Jul. 14 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 14 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Spider-Man 2$5,036,498-7%4,16614$1,209$272,671,7382Sony / Columbia
2Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy$3,562,115-5%3,091--$1,152$40,033,4671DreamWorks
3King Arthur (2004)$1,776,096-7%3,08683$576$29,273,2181Disney
4Fahrenheit 9/11$1,659,083-6%2,011286$825$85,271,2373Lionsgate
5The Notebook (2004)$1,300,431-3%2,288-35$568$46,921,9923New Line
6DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story$873,435-4%2,444-509$357$100,553,8464Fox
7Shrek 2$838,757-3%2,142-467$392$420,985,3428DreamWorks
8White Chicks$752,014-5%2,201-599$342$59,275,6333Sony / Columbia
9The Terminal$713,566-2%2,313-469$309$67,345,1314DreamWorks
10Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban$706,727-2%2,002-723$353$234,918,1636Warner Bros.