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 Sat, Jan. 15 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 15 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Coach Carter$9,498,64720%2,524--$3,763$17,395,1761Paramount
2Meet the Fockers$8,227,88647%3,55427$2,315$225,635,8124Universal
3Racing Stripes$5,929,20085%3,185--$1,862$9,131,5341Warner Bros.
4In Good Company$5,739,65527%1,5661563$3,665$10,739,7703Universal
5Elektra$4,855,9989%3,204--$1,516$9,308,3101Fox
6White Noise$4,820,84429%2,27918$2,115$37,610,8712Universal
7The Aviator (2004)$2,149,72949%1,95689$1,099$48,783,2124Miramax
8Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$1,744,15583%2,540-803$687$109,775,4655Paramount
9Fat Albert$1,277,540105%2,043-632$625$43,713,5074Fox
10Ocean's Twelve$1,237,21435%2,105-905$588$119,109,4106Warner Bros.