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 Fri, Nov. 5 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 5 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Incredibles$20,503,776--3,933--$5,213$20,503,7761Disney
2The Grudge$4,246,223268%3,336-12$1,273$80,327,1733Sony / Columbia
3Ray$3,903,370188%2,463457$1,585$29,900,1552Universal
4Saw$3,646,234171%2,467152$1,478$27,948,4172Lionsgate
5Alfie$2,206,731--2,215--$996$2,206,7311Paramount
6Shall We Dance (2004)$1,743,914167%2,54266$686$38,231,9414Miramax
7Shark Tale$1,120,914106%2,817-564$398$150,595,4106DreamWorks
8Friday Night Lights$1,002,186203%2,110-894$475$55,285,8325Universal
9Ladder 49$819,078176%1,670-712$490$68,122,8506Disney
10Team America: World Police$575,71078%1,702-633$338$29,178,1974Paramount