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 Thu, Dec. 16 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 16 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ocean's Twelve$2,614,6180%3,290--$795$50,402,9391Warner Bros.
2The Polar Express$1,568,34017%3,257-393$482$115,027,4585Warner Bros.
3Blade: Trinity$995,217-1%2,9120$342$28,814,6261New Line
4National Treasure$712,2716%3,203-40$222$126,725,2504Disney
5Christmas with the Kranks$542,58319%3,294-122$165$56,605,0483Sony / Columbia
6The Incredibles$357,65510%2,656-522$135$233,861,3086Disney
7The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie$204,9857%3,3070$62$74,359,0954Paramount
8Alexander$172,7413%2,125-320$81$33,274,1173Warner Bros.
9Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason$145,1970%1,701-389$85$38,986,2545Universal
10Ray$107,2335%1,129-193$95$69,697,9307Universal