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 Wed, Dec. 29 2004

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 29 2004LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Meet the Fockers$11,486,977-9%3,5180$3,265$108,548,1681Universal
2Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$5,004,145-5%3,6231$1,381$74,998,8702Paramount
3Fat Albert$3,177,694-3%2,674--$1,188$19,817,9361Fox
4Ocean's Twelve$2,582,319-6%3,2900$785$94,816,2933Warner Bros.
5The Aviator (2004)$2,315,385-7%1,7961755$1,289$17,524,5491Miramax
6The Polar Express$2,243,203-4%2,618-84$857$147,175,8747Warner Bros.
7National Treasure$1,646,8633%2,201-277$748$145,837,1866Disney
8Spanglish$1,611,1750%2,4413$660$22,982,9562Sony / Columbia
9The Incredibles$1,301,1872%1,7320$751$246,146,1048Disney
10Darkness$1,293,290-11%1,700--$761$10,630,3741Miramax / Dimension