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, Nov. 2 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 2 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ray$1,553,656-9%2,006--$775$23,308,1851Universal
2Saw$1,463,098-23%2,315--$632$21,629,5721Lionsgate
3The Grudge$1,438,796-16%3,348103$430$73,844,1892Sony / Columbia
4Shark Tale$978,08543%3,381-275$289$148,518,8145DreamWorks
5Shall We Dance (2004)$702,51825%2,47657$284$35,212,0743Miramax
6Friday Night Lights$361,3825%3,00435$120$53,652,2364Universal
7Team America: World Police$335,885-10%2,335-285$144$27,954,2803Paramount
8Ladder 49$327,56216%2,382-420$138$66,726,2365Disney
9Surviving Christmas$308,50520%2,7555$112$8,550,6532DreamWorks
10Taxi (2004)$219,69313%1,884-473$117$33,113,4894Fox