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, Jul. 29 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 29 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wedding Crashers$5,823,62074%3,030105$1,922$101,427,0553New Line
2Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$5,052,91531%3,775-15$1,339$136,763,4403Warner Bros.
3Sky High$4,924,928--2,905--$1,695$4,924,9281Disney
4Stealth$4,769,050--3,495--$1,365$4,769,0501Sony / Columbia
5Must Love Dogs$4,522,715--2,505--$1,805$4,522,7151Warner Bros.
6Fantastic Four$1,998,86437%2,744-705$728$131,344,6754Fox
7Bad News Bears$1,819,41348%3,1830$572$18,851,9422Paramount
8The Island (2005)$1,779,84142%3,13816$567$20,135,2352DreamWorks
9War of the Worlds$1,570,21350%2,324-941$676$214,455,3745Paramount
10Hustle and Flow$1,188,959111%1,0152$1,171$11,750,1172Paramount Classics