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 Mon, Dec. 20 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 20 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$4,420,645-47%3,620--$1,221$34,482,4481Paramount
2Ocean's Twelve$2,678,316-46%3,2900$814$71,205,2842Warner Bros.
3The Polar Express$2,025,703-28%2,868-389$706$125,464,8646Warner Bros.
4Spanglish$1,356,276-45%2,438--$556$10,173,5751Sony / Columbia
5National Treasure$1,008,788-42%2,772-431$364$133,756,7865Disney
6Blade: Trinity$991,531-52%2,9120$340$36,626,1592New Line
7Christmas with the Kranks$965,990-39%2,941-353$328$62,936,0954Sony / Columbia
8Flight of the Phoenix$742,122-49%2,604--$285$5,761,6481Fox
9The Incredibles$690,970-32%1,930-726$358$237,672,7767Disney
10Closer$551,866-44%1,090468$506$19,355,0183Sony / Columbia