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, Feb. 9 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 9 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boogeyman$730,423-16%3,052--$239$21,710,3241Sony / Screen Gems
2Million Dollar Baby$715,300-12%2,02515$353$36,744,6128Warner Bros.
3The Wedding Date$643,887-11%1,694--$380$13,214,4671Universal
4Hide and Seek$511,839-11%3,0050$170$37,457,1772Fox
5The Aviator (2004)$411,702-9%2,53027$163$77,206,1697Miramax
6Sideways$385,201-8%1,78692$216$47,882,56016Fox Searchlight
7Are We There Yet?$381,880-13%2,79080$137$52,600,4373Sony / Columbia
8Meet the Fockers$312,869-4%2,504-502$125$266,142,3327Universal
9Coach Carter$238,101-5%2,5740$93$60,105,3764Paramount
10In Good Company$214,251-4%1,943-17$110$41,418,8216Universal