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. 23 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 23 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Flightplan$8,200,412--3,424--$2,395$8,200,4121Disney
2Tim Burton's Corpse Bride$6,700,49823194%3,2043199$2,091$7,212,1941Warner Bros.
3Just Like Heaven$3,003,392222%3,5091$856$23,200,2852DreamWorks
4The Exorcism of Emily Rose$2,346,374213%3,04562$771$57,155,2823Sony / Screen Gems
5Roll Bounce$2,233,118--1,625--$1,374$2,233,1181Fox Searchlight
6Lord of War$1,459,087120%2,8140$519$13,808,0222Lionsgate
7The 40-Year-Old Virgin$1,291,490169%2,581-425$500$93,924,2676Universal
8Cry Wolf$726,544274%1,787-2$407$5,995,3142Rogue
9The Constant Gardener$649,194151%1,282-105$506$25,995,5094Focus
10Transporter 2$581,661102%1,726-1079$337$38,258,8754Fox