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, Jan. 19 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 19 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Meet the Fockers$995,142-16%3,55427$280$236,494,4104Universal
2Coach Carter$886,126-20%2,524--$351$31,163,3751Paramount
3Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)$757,868--2,233--$339$757,8680Rogue
4In Good Company$697,603-17%1,5661563$445$18,672,2193Universal
5The Aviator (2004)$515,513-17%1,95689$264$52,679,0764Miramax
6Elektra$471,095-28%3,204--$147$15,921,1641Fox
7White Noise$467,705-18%2,27918$205$43,890,3882Universal
8Racing Stripes$412,115-22%3,185--$129$19,803,9981Warner Bros.
9Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events$163,696-15%2,540-803$64$112,778,2735Paramount
10Ocean's Twelve$162,284-21%2,105-905$77$120,836,3456Warner Bros.