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 Tue, Mar. 1 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 1 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitch$1,178,03419%3,571-4$330$123,600,9973Sony / Columbia
2Diary of a Mad Black Woman$1,045,931-17%1,483--$705$24,216,8911Lionsgate
3Million Dollar Baby$968,55312%2,12520$456$66,693,02911Warner Bros.
4Constantine$924,6526%3,0060$308$52,775,2892Warner Bros.
5Cursed$496,1715%2,805--$177$10,600,7621Miramax / Dimension
6Man of the House (2005)$427,28411%2,422--$176$9,728,1861Sony / Columbia
7Because of Winn-Dixie$330,14913%3,1880$104$22,897,2552Fox
8The Aviator (2004)$270,9326%1,579-131$172$94,200,56610Miramax
9Son of the Mask$238,30826%2,9660$80$14,451,5782New Line
10Sideways$235,09317%1,229-71$191$63,604,88019Fox Searchlight