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, Aug. 10 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 10 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dukes of Hazzard$3,155,838-14%3,785--$834$41,658,8001Warner Bros.
2Wedding Crashers$2,043,944-8%3,10676$658$150,076,5674New Line
3Charlie and the Chocolate Factory$1,710,044-12%3,702-73$462$174,932,9134Warner Bros.
4Sky High$1,256,579-11%2,9127$432$35,984,5212Disney
5March of the Penguins$1,088,769-8%1,8671089$583$29,772,1477Warner Independent
6Must Love Dogs$945,700-6%2,5050$378$29,102,2642Warner Bros.
7Stealth$713,726-9%3,4950$204$26,832,7252Sony / Columbia
8Fantastic Four$541,531-5%2,339-405$232$145,661,5255Fox
9The Island (2005)$476,196-5%2,138-1000$223$32,404,1013DreamWorks
10War of the Worlds$441,240-8%1,940-384$227$225,973,3816Paramount