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 Fri, Apr. 15 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 15 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amityville Horror (2005)$9,103,405--3,323--$2,740$9,103,4051MGM
2Sahara (2005)$3,867,618215%3,1540$1,226$27,214,9562Paramount
3Fever Pitch (2005)$2,836,847343%3,2758$866$17,981,3852Fox
4Sin City$2,049,951137%3,002-228$683$56,668,9633Miramax / Dimension
5Guess Who$1,536,714280%2,999-65$512$54,210,0164Sony / Columbia
6Beauty Shop$1,118,113245%2,260-399$495$28,596,0573MGM
7Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous$918,313215%2,625-386$350$39,617,3354Warner Bros.
8Robots$902,939222%2,476-237$365$113,056,9906Fox
9The Pacifier$676,780250%2,068-307$327$101,986,3377Disney
10The Upside of Anger$610,169206%1,16615$523$13,608,5596New Line