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 $1.4 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Feb. 15 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 15 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitch$2,658,267-65%3,575--$744$53,316,0631Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Baby$565,145-37%2,03510$278$46,415,4909Warner Bros.
3Boogeyman$497,907-65%3,0520$163$34,704,5332Sony / Screen Gems
4The Wedding Date$383,447-55%1,70410$225$20,649,9502Universal
5Hide and Seek$361,148-59%2,525-480$143$44,646,2183Fox
6The Aviator (2004)$343,749-43%2,196-334$157$83,296,7198Miramax
7Sideways$307,092-41%1,619-167$190$53,609,47117Fox Searchlight
8Are We There Yet?$303,324-63%2,81020$108$62,375,3114Sony / Columbia
9Pooh's Heffalump Movie$294,458-44%2,529--$116$6,626,5211Disney
10Meet the Fockers$235,157-56%1,883-621$125$270,720,0228Universal