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, Sep. 9 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 9 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Exorcism of Emily Rose$11,278,900--2,981--$3,784$11,278,9001Sony / Screen Gems
2The 40-Year-Old Virgin$2,453,504225%2,97473$825$76,861,6084Universal
3Transporter 2$2,268,050188%3,32017$683$25,199,4022Fox
4Red Eye$1,444,627301%3,076-58$470$48,146,7024DreamWorks
5The Constant Gardener$1,400,123176%1,38135$1,014$15,692,3232Focus
6The Man$1,283,951--2,040--$629$1,283,9511New Line
7Wedding Crashers$984,157225%2,181-235$451$197,776,7659New Line
8The Brothers Grimm$953,014154%2,750-348$347$30,910,7213Miramax / Dimension
9Four Brothers$864,830197%2,093-342$413$66,190,3905Paramount
10March of the Penguins$647,457158%2,403-103$269$64,985,37212Warner Independent