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. 22 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 22 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Ring Two$2,126,871-10%3,332--$638$39,546,5921DreamWorks
2Robots$1,947,3496%3,7760$516$69,858,0602Fox
3The Pacifier$1,320,09714%3,18115$415$74,742,9473Disney
4Hitch$696,19912%2,703-272$258$160,642,1446Sony / Columbia
5Ice Princess$668,2689%2,501--$267$8,088,8451Disney
6Hostage$646,1485%2,18360$296$20,767,8942Miramax
7Be Cool$576,9947%2,660-556$217$48,388,7253MGM
8Million Dollar Baby$405,3347%2,210-165$183$90,737,27314Warner Bros.
9Constantine$267,3362%1,670-500$160$70,914,2455Warner Bros.
10Diary of a Mad Black Woman$205,2020%1,279-326$160$48,080,8484Lionsgate