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, Oct. 20 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 20 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shall We Dance (2004)$966,773-16%1,772--$546$14,828,6991Miramax
2Shark Tale$902,453-5%3,948-122$229$121,612,6573DreamWorks
3Team America: World Police$732,950-24%2,539--$289$14,818,0161Paramount
4Friday Night Lights$540,430-20%2,76497$196$39,686,6342Universal
5Ladder 49$523,796-17%3,255-6$161$55,448,2523Disney
6Taxi (2004)$396,612-11%3,0010$132$25,163,1932Fox
7The Forgotten$354,078-12%2,768-213$128$58,294,5884Sony / Columbia
8Raise Your Voice$109,7194%2,5210$44$8,242,4662New Line
9Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow$82,392-13%1,208-535$68$36,163,5085Paramount