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, Apr. 26 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 26 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Interpreter$1,668,969-2%2,758--$605$26,200,9181Universal
2The Amityville Horror (2005)$916,791-10%3,3230$276$45,252,3692MGM
3Sahara (2005)$542,376-5%3,20046$169$50,062,3843Paramount
4A Lot Like Love$467,487-4%2,502--$187$8,530,9101Disney
5Kung Fu Hustle$460,948-10%2,503--$184$8,242,5973Sony Pictures Classics
6Sin City$339,925-1%2,343-659$145$67,957,8074Miramax / Dimension
7Fever Pitch (2005)$291,736-9%2,875-400$101$32,122,8083Fox
8Guess Who$214,581-3%2,484-515$86$62,827,3335Sony / Columbia
9Robots$148,834-26%2,072-404$72$120,636,9857Fox
10King's Ransom$126,827-13%1,508--$84$2,412,7441New Line