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, Mar. 23 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 23 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Robots$2,112,7358%3,7760$560$71,970,7952Fox
2The Ring Two$1,996,199-6%3,332--$599$41,542,7911DreamWorks
3The Pacifier$1,390,3295%3,18115$437$76,133,2763Disney
4Ice Princess$713,2007%2,501--$285$8,802,0451Disney
5Hitch$703,3641%2,703-272$260$161,345,5086Sony / Columbia
6Hostage$621,215-4%2,18360$285$21,389,1092Miramax
7Be Cool$569,965-1%2,660-556$214$48,958,6903MGM
8Million Dollar Baby$414,6962%2,210-165$188$91,151,96914Warner Bros.
9Constantine$263,267-2%1,670-500$158$71,177,5125Warner Bros.
10Diary of a Mad Black Woman$184,011-10%1,279-326$144$48,264,8594Lionsgate