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. 16 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 16 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Incredibles$1,967,822-8%3,9330$500$147,363,5682Disney
2The Polar Express$1,310,9278%3,650--$359$33,156,8541Warner Bros.
3After the Sunset$820,05410%2,819--$291$12,664,8601New Line
4Ray$556,9437%2,47411$225$53,598,9953Universal
5Saw$459,7911%2,4670$186$46,668,9333Lionsgate
6Seed of Chucky$385,903-14%2,061--$187$9,611,8951Rogue
7The Grudge$368,5654%2,816-520$131$99,972,1874Sony / Columbia
8Shall We Dance (2004)$358,54525%2,065-477$174$49,326,2475Miramax
9Alfie$244,07118%2,2150$110$11,551,7172Paramount
10Shark Tale$82,549-4%1,622-1195$51$157,698,6917DreamWorks