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 Mon, Sep. 26 2005

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 26 2005LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Flightplan$1,886,235-68%3,424--$551$26,517,2071Disney
2Tim Burton's Corpse Bride$1,022,323-79%3,2043199$319$20,678,7361Warner Bros.
3Just Like Heaven$690,457-70%3,5091$197$30,508,4702DreamWorks
4The Exorcism of Emily Rose$540,516-69%3,04562$178$62,797,0963Sony / Screen Gems
5Lord of War$478,781-67%2,8140$170$17,862,8282Lionsgate
6Roll Bounce$365,918-80%1,625--$225$7,936,3341Fox Searchlight
7The 40-Year-Old Virgin$348,294-65%2,581-425$135$97,292,4616Universal
8The Constant Gardener$197,473-65%1,282-105$154$27,869,2354Focus
9Transporter 2$190,461-67%1,726-1079$110$40,095,8954Fox
10Cry Wolf$152,083-69%1,787-2$85$7,611,1232Rogue