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, Jul. 20 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 20 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I, Robot$5,546,730-13%3,420--$1,622$64,089,5381Fox
2Spider-Man 2$2,908,848-4%4,058-108$717$308,209,4353Sony / Columbia
3A Cinderella Story$2,137,147-8%2,625--$814$18,071,9481Warner Bros.
4Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy$1,855,956-8%3,10413$598$60,838,3282DreamWorks
5Fahrenheit 9/11$1,179,4916%2,004-7$589$96,295,7984Lionsgate
6The Notebook (2004)$1,100,9949%2,089-199$527$56,001,3944New Line
7King Arthur (2004)$1,060,2951%3,0860$344$40,218,4372Disney
8DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story$544,028-4%1,945-499$280$106,278,3825Fox
9Shrek 2$536,4441%1,857-285$289$426,086,6999DreamWorks
10Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban$448,9092%1,460-542$307$239,242,3597Warner Bros.