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, Sep. 7 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 7 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transporter 2$910,714-19%3,303--$276$22,143,9951Fox
2The 40-Year-Old Virgin$839,388-10%2,90133$289$73,654,0123Universal
3The Constant Gardener$529,722-7%1,34622$394$13,784,0611Focus
4The Brothers Grimm$400,373-11%3,09811$129$29,582,4272Miramax / Dimension
5Red Eye$389,395-11%3,13443$124$46,341,4693DreamWorks
6Wedding Crashers$324,599-5%2,416-321$134$196,489,5578New Line
7Four Brothers$322,550-10%2,435-214$132$65,034,0464Paramount
8March of the Penguins$256,458-4%2,506112$102$64,086,91311Warner Independent
9The Cave$187,038-10%2,1950$85$12,174,0922Sony / Screen Gems
10The Skeleton Key$168,142-14%2,414-370$70$44,141,5934Universal