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 Mon, May. 23 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 23 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith$14,352,026-58%3,661--$3,920$172,800,7021Fox
2Monster-in-Law$1,535,647-61%3,4240$448$45,715,4562New Line
3Kicking & Screaming$1,021,741-67%3,47015$294$35,219,4882Universal
4Crash (2005)$698,165-58%1,90529$366$28,347,7343Lionsgate
5Unleashed$533,763-60%1,9625$272$18,389,3722Rogue
6Kingdom of Heaven$485,665-57%2,808-411$173$41,703,9653Fox
7House of Wax$374,336-59%2,766-345$135$27,289,7543Warner Bros.
8The Interpreter$323,522-57%2,164-438$150$65,729,0185Universal
9The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy$254,124-59%2,211-559$115$47,156,7124Disney
10Mindhunters$128,473-60%1,0400$124$3,694,0712Dimension Films