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 Fri, Jan. 21 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 21 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Are We There Yet?$5,481,438--2,709--$2,023$5,481,4381Sony / Columbia
2Coach Carter$3,765,869249%2,55228$1,476$36,007,8092Paramount
3Meet the Fockers$3,239,603204%3,446-108$940$240,800,3495Universal
4In Good Company$2,875,276275%1,963397$1,465$22,313,5714Universal
5Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)$2,210,227183%2,297--$962$3,748,7511Rogue
6White Noise$1,775,649254%2,247-32$790$46,167,8323Universal
7Racing Stripes$1,630,969248%3,1850$512$21,903,4022Warner Bros.
8The Phantom of the Opera$1,546,513322%1,511604$1,024$30,113,2825Warner Bros.
9The Aviator (2004)$1,514,188191%2,261305$670$54,714,2235Miramax
10Elektra$1,260,754159%3,203-1$394$17,669,2022Fox